Future of Funding

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For the past 15 months, the major story on much business funding was the massive Federal infusion of hundreds of billions of dollars to help small and other businesses survive the pandemic. With the economy back to growth mode, many startup and early stage growth companies that survived are getting needed funding from traditional sources. These include SBA-guaranteed loans, the SBA’s multi-billion-dollar annual SBIR (Small Business Investment Research) grant program, the SBA’s SBIC (Small Business Investment Companies) program, self-funding, and friends and family.

Also, Federal and state tax incentives may also be available to some companies. Crowd, angel and venture funding may also be considered. Natalia Olson, former SBA Regional Administrator, will discuss the various SBA and other options that you may want to consider.

In recent months, there have been two major developments. One is an explosion of activity in IPOs for technology companies. This changes the game for some companies seeking an exit, which had often been limited to acquisitions. Listen to a major player in the Washington region tell us why IPOs are suddenly back for tech companies and what this means for entrepreneurs and investors. The other on which he will comment is “SPACs” – Special Purpose Acquisition Companies.


Randall Reade
Executive Vice President, Washington DC ArchAngels
Randall Reade co-founded The Washington DC ArchAngels in 2011, and has reviewed thousands of companies, and presented over 800 to hundreds of investors. He is active as an advisor to entrepreneurs and investors on Quora.com, and he is Most Viewed Writer on the subjects of entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital, having reached 4.5 million views worldwide. Read full profile…


Alan Brody
CEO, TECHmarketing, Convean: iBreakfast & Startupalooza
Alan Brody is the “Dean” of Digital Startups and founder of Startupalooza, the pitching forum and Capital Raising Workshop, that runs in 8 cities and helped entrepreneurs raise millions. He is author of The Startup Funding Formula and Are You Fundable? books that help Entrepreneurs understand the mindset of investors and get them to write a check. Read full profile…

Natalia Olson-Urtecho
Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneur, Obama Appointee @SBA. Speaker, Advisor
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur and recognized expert in finance, government, smart cities, commercialization of technologies. Prior to cofounding The Disruptive Factory, she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. Natalia was appointed to Philadelphia’s Planning Commission and served as the Vice Chair of the Zoning Code Commission. Read full profile…

Andy Tucker
Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Andy Tucker is a corporate and securities attorney at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, and is an advisor to growing companies. The companies are in various industries such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, government services and contracting, telecommunications, renewable energy, oil and gas, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, aviation, consumer products, and financial technology companies. Read full profile…