Local startups will have a chance to wow a top angel investor during The Combine 2018. Perhaps one or more could even become the next Cheddar – one of the first tech companies in Bloomington to secure venture capital from outside the Midwest.
Former Silicon Valley startup founder Paul Singh has been driving across North America in his 30-foot Airstream Classic, visiting places where he says startups actually start (and grow) their businesses. Since 2016, he has driven over 35,000 miles visiting more than 50 cities across North America meanwhile raising tens of millions of dollars for his venture funds and investing in hundreds of companies around the world. Along the way, he mentors thousands of entrepreneurs, visits incubators and coworking spaces, holds investor dinners and dives into the local tech culture.
“Much like the goal of The Combine event within the Midwest, the goal of our tour is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and elected officials with their peers across North America,” said Singh.
During his next pit-stop in Bloomington, he’ll not only be a Main Stage speaker at The Combine (April 6-7), but he’ll also host “office hours” for around 15 local Midwest startups. It’s a chance for startups to present their business idea and get quality investor feedback…and perhaps a chance to be Singh’s next investment.
In addition to being an angel investor, Singh is also CEO of Results Junkies, a company focused on growing startups and small businesses outside of Silicon Valley. He’s also an investor in Cheddar, led by Mike Trotzke, co-founder of The Combine.
Trotzke will assist in selecting startups to meet with Singh during his Combine “office hours.” As the founder of startup who met Singh’s investment criteria himself, Trotzke says good candidates for the office hours are startups that are poised to move forward.
“It a great opportunity for local startups to present their ideas to Paul, and potentially walk away with an investment in their company,” he said. “We’re looking for entrepreneurs who are making a difference in the local startup community and who are ready to take the next step in growing their business.”
To submit your idea for the chance to present to Singh, visit www.thecombine.org/office-hours by Friday, March 30 to submit your companies details. Paul Singh’s tech tour will be hosted in collaboration with the City of Bloomington.