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Entrepreneurial & Innovation Seminar Series: “Master Class on Startup Fundraising”


February 20, 2020 11:30 amFebruary 20, 2020 1:30 pm (PST)


USC Health Sciences Campus- Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI)
1501 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles, 90033

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The USC MESH Academy and Biocom invite you to join us for the LA Entrepreneurial and Innovation Seminar Series: Master Class on Startup Fundraising. Fundraising for a new venture is one of the most difficult tasks founders face and is especially arduous in the life science and healthcare fields. The process is challenging and can be confusing to aspiring founders and entrepreneurs who are new to the startup world. Understanding the process and basic terminology is essential for success. Please join Biocom and USC MESH Academy for a practical overview of the basics of startup fundraising, featuring Jay Goss, General Partner at Wavemaker 360 Health.

This seminar will introduce you to the basics of fundraising including:
-Different stages of fundraising in the startup life-cycle
-Different types of investors for each stage
-Common funding instruments
-Definitions of common terms
-Tips on running an efficient fundraising process
-Examples of fundraising scenarios

11:30am | Registration & Networking (Lunch Provided)
12:00pm | Program and Q&A
1:00pm | Networking

Location: Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI)

Herklotz Seminar Room (1st Floor)
(located at the USC Health Science Campus)
1501 San Pablo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Jay Goss is the General Partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health. Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health is a Pasadena-based venture fund led by seasoned healthcare executive John Nackel (former head of E&Y’s global healthcare practice and CEO of UnitedHealth Group’s Ingenix Consulting, now Optum) and Jay Goss. Prior to launching the fund, Jay worked for and with more than 30 early stage companies, learning the ins-and-outs and good-bad-and-ugly of the start-up world, including (of course) raising capital. His companies raised capital from founders, friends and family, angels, strategics, venture funds, family offices, banks, overseas investors, celebrities, accelerators, crowd-funding and more. A handful of Jay’s companies were “embedded” inside larger corporations, including Disney, Reed Elsevier (London) and Summa Group (Moscow). Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health focuses on healthcare start-ups at the Seed stage. The fund’s investment thesis is that after 40 years, healthcare is transitioning away from fee-for-service to value-based payments, and with that comes a massive amount of disruption. There will be no shortage of clinical operations and business challenges to solve in the coming decade, and entrepreneurs are already coming out of the woodwork to solve these problems. Moreover, countless business models are now for the first time commercially viable because the healthcare industry is embracing value-based payments. The fund counts among its investors dozens of healthcare senior executives, eager and extremely able to add value to the early stage companies in which the fund invests. Wavemaker Three-Sixty is hyper-active, having invested in 29 companies in the first 19 months of operations. Jay earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1998 after getting is BA in Economics and Business across town at UCLA in 1991.

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