Panel discusses Jump-start Our Business Startups Act
Date: June 21, 2012
"(HOW) WILL THE NEW JOBS LEGISLATION AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?"
The Jump-start Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a measure meant to create jobs by helping small firms raise capital, was amended during passage through Congress to strip regulatory restrictions on investments in small companies. Hear from a panel of experts what the new legislation will mean for entrepreneurs and investors, hosted by the New Enterprise Forum.
Alon Hillel-Tuch, Co-founder of RocketHub
RocketHub is one of the world's top crowdfunding platforms. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, and many other publications, while helping thousands of funding campaigns raise millions of dollars. Hillel-Tuch has also lectured on crowdfunding at colleges, institutions and conferences.
Ken Kousky, MidMichigan Innovation Center and President/CEO of IP3
Kousky is presently CEO of the Midland, MI MMIC, a privately funded, non-profit business incubator assisting entrepreneurs in the creation and expansion of their businesses throughout mid-Michigan. Kousky is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to IP3, an information security consulting firm, his ventures include the founding of Wave Technologies in 1988 and its successful growth to IPO in 1994. He is also a founding member and Executive Director of the BlueWater Angels Investment Network.
Thomas S. Vaughn, Dykema Gossett
Vaughn serves in Dykema’s Corporate Finance Group. His practice includes representing emerging growth companies on a wide variety of issues, including raising capital from angels, institutional, and venture capital investors; implementing equity incentive plans; and general corporate and legal matters. His practice also focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, and public company securities compliance for middle market companies.
Moderator: Michael Cole, Bank of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Angels
Cole founded and serves as President of the Technology Industry Group, which provides banking and financial advisory services to technology and life sciences businesses, VC firms, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. It has grown to 300 accounts and $100 million since 2002. In 2004, he was responsible for the launch of the Ann Arbor Angels, which bridges the gap between early stage growth businesses and angel investors in Southeastern Michigan.
Sterilogy LLC; Presenter Hal Zaima, President and Co-founder
Sterilogy has developed a patent pending compact, body worn hand hygiene compliance and monitoring system. Sterilogy’s device reminds the medical practitioner to perform a hygiene event at the appropriate time, and the date and time are recorded. Hand hygiene remains the primary way to prevent hospital infections, which kill 247 patients daily resulting in $33 billion of unnecessary cost.