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PANELISTS


These experienced investors and entrepreneurs will lead this Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur program:



Venture South Piedmont

Greg BrownGreg is the Administrator of Charlotte Angel Fund and Owner/President of Cardinal Finance. In his role with Charlotte Angel Fund he leads all investment activities for that 80+ member group of early stage investors. Within Cardinal Finance he provides fractional CFO and other finance advisory services to small and mid-sized companies. Greg is an experienced financial/operational executive with a significant capital markets background. His career has been split between the venture capital industry and CFO or COO positions in public or venture capital-backed private companies.

Charlotte Angel Fund

Lou Anne Flanders Stec In the last 18 years, Lou Anne has worked with and for entrepreneurs in private business and academia – either as a consultant to or employee for, developing programming and services for, or providing access to funding for early stage companies. Some of her positions have included first fund executive for the Piedmont Angel Network, first director for entrepreneurship programs at High Point University and The City University of New York.

Prior to academia, she worked over 15 years in the financial management arena, many of them working in finance and treasury roles for manufacturing companies.

She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. She was involved on the Board of Advisors for the Angel Capital Association, and many other service organizations, and is honored to be one of the Triad’s Top Women in Business, Triad’s Power Players and Piedmont Triad’s 50 Most Influential People for two years.

Jeffrey Kaplan Jeffrey Kaplan is the Director of Venture Asheville, an organization which serves as a catalyst for high-growth startups by building entrepreneurs and getting companies funded. Prior to joining Venture Asheville, Jeffrey instructed in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida, is a published author in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy, launched and sold pet-tech startup Dogphrendly as an alumnus of the Groundwork Labs accelerator in Durham, and was Product Owner and Consultant in digital product development at Anthroware. There’s over 10 more years of experience ranging from being the Director of Partner Relations at Charlotte Ed-tech startup Proctorfree, being sales manager in a Tampa Bay call center, dropping out of a PhD at Indiana University, being a Middle School teacher, and a hosting a weekly Trivia Night at a bar called “Beer Pit” – but you’ll have to get Jeffrey out on a kayak or grab a drink to hear those stories.