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WIB-Southern California Entrepreneur Boot Camp
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When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST
Where: JLabs
3210 Merryfield Row
San Diego, CA  92121
United States
Contact: WIB-Southern California

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Our experience is that the skills and knowledge to raise professional money are very different from building a successful company. CEO's know how to sell their product to customers, but selling to investors is very different, challenging, and non-intuitive. Most (99%) of startup CEO's do it incorrectly and are unable to raise money.

George Kenney of Shepherd Ventures will lead the Boot Camp which will answer the following mysteries:

  • Why is it so hard for me to raise money?
  • How come only 1% of companies get funded by VC’s?
  • What are investors’ secret unfair agendas?
  • Does my messaging fail the Kleiner and Viral tests?
  • Am I selling the wrong thing to investors?


Speaker Biographies

George C. Kenney is founder and a Managing Director of Shepherd Ventures, a successful Tech, SW and Life Sciences Fund. George has a strong technical background combined with extensive Wall Street and financial industry experience. As a catalyst for change, he has invented many technical and financial products. George founded 5 companies, 4 of which were successful. He has raised over 50 fundings for a broad range of technology and financial companies. George runs an Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp which fully equips CEOs to raise money.

Before forming Shepherd Ventures, George was CTO and Partner at Nicholas-Applegate, a money management firm in San Diego, where he directed technology and operations to grow and sell the company. Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, George was a Managing Director at Kidder Peabody in New York City, becoming an expert in Investment Risk Management. Previously he held top positions at Swiss Bank, Salomon Brothers, American Stock Exchange, North American Philips and five start-ups. George holds numerous US and foreign patents.

George holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he is a Graduate of Harvard’s Industrial Management Program. A noted technology futurist, George has been a keynote speaker at financial conferences on The Future of Technology. He is a Trustee of San Diego City Pension Board (SDCERS) and has served as a Trustee for the San Diego Museum of Art and as pro-bono Chairman of the Museum's Investment Committee. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies and is currently a board member of several technology companies.


Walk-Ins Accepted?


* - Walk-ins will be accepted at the door until event capacity is reached.



5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.           Check-in and Networking

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.           Presentation

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Networking and Reception


Pricing Information

Members: $15

Non-Members: $45


On-Line Registration Deadline

January 29, 2018


Special Pricing for Guests

When registering, members can register guests at member price


Parking Information

Free parking lot available


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