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Building a Business for Early-Stage Venture Capital

Event Type
Professional Development
Clean Energy Trust, EnterpriseWorks, Research Park
EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign
Oct 18, 2019   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Laura Bleill
Originating Calendar
Research Park Events

Tony Zhu, Senior Analyst at Clean Energy Trust (CET), will discuss how CET can assist startups and how businesses can consider venture capital early on.


Future industry-leading businesses are being started every day, and it's now easier than ever to launch a startup from scratch. But taking the next step and raising early-stage venture dollars has become increasingly complex and nuanced. While it's tempting for founders to power forward with a vision and worry about fundraising prep later, it's important to keep in mind what future investors like to see in order to ensure a startup's sustainability. 


As Senior Analyst at CET, Tony supports the firm's venture investment, deal sourcing, fundraising, and portfolio reporting activities in the Midwest's early-stage, cleantech startup ecosystem. He primarily focuses on assessing cleantech market opportunities, evaluating startup pitches, and helping CET's portfolio companies raise follow-on capital.


If you have questions and/or need accomodations for this event, please email Laura Bleill at

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