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Posted: November 4, 2014

Dragon’s Den without the drama

Learn how to pitch your idea to investors at KRIC workshopRaisingmoney

If your business idea is a winner but you lack the start-up cash, you need an investor.

But how do you find one?

Did you know about organizations of investors, whole groups of ‘angels’—like Dragons, but without the drama—who continually seek worthy business ideas to invest in?

Now you know. The key to reaching them is easier than you think—and you don’t have to appear on TV, either.

Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) is hosting two workshops on investment in November featuring one of Canada’s preeminent business-investor experts, Mike Volker.

Attract Investors to Grow Your Business are half-day, three-hour workshops that will run in Sparwood and Cranbrook on November 5 and 6, respectively.

These Discovery Foundation seminars, also supported by the Elk Valley Economic Initiative, will cover what you need to build a compelling business case and attract investment.

Volker is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor in the tech start-up field and will share his practical experiences and tips throughout the seminars. He recently authored the e-book Making the Business Case.

“I hear hundreds of pitches every year from budding entrepreneurs,” Volker said. “Their main challenge is making the business case.”

Volker said the main reason for making a business case is to convince yourself and others that it makes sense to pursue a specific business opportunity.

“If you’ve ever watched TV programs like Dragons Den, you’ll see what I mean. So many wannabe entrepreneurs have no idea – or often a very naive idea – as to how to build their business and make a profit.”

Michael Volker is an entrepreneur active in the development of new high technology ventures. A University of Waterloo Engineering graduate, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and since then he has worked with entrepreneurs in building new companies. He is presently the director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office where he works with researchers and students to help them turn their ideas and inventions into commercial businesses. Mike is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies. He runs one of North America’s largest angel networks, VANTEC, and has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs with their business planning. Learn more about Mike at

This Seminar is part of the 2013 New Ventures BC Regional Seminar Series, made possible by the Discovery Foundation.

Topics covered will include:

– Angel Investing 101;

– Elements of a compelling business case, and the tough questions you need to ask yourself;

– Review of elevator pitches, investor pitches, and cap tables;

– Practical tips and personal stories from an active angel investor and high-technology entrepreneur.

For more information or to register, visit


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