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December Startup Financing 101: Chris Eckstrom

December 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join StartingBlock and Chris Eckstrom from Rock River Capital for this month’s Startup Financing 101.

Are you an entrepreneur thinking about raising investment $? Not sure which VC fund makes sense for you? Have questions about investment stages, option pools, valuations? Intimidated?

This is your chance to hear from Madison’s best vc fund managers and associates about what they are looking for, their investment theses, how to find the investors that are right for you.


Startup Financing 101 is on the second Tuesday of each month and designed to provide early stage startups and entrepreneurs an opportunity to ask questions of fund managers and associates.

Target audience is entrepreneurs and startup founders generally, not limited to companies actively fundraising.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising dos (and don’ts), why (and why not), and how to avoid common mistakes first-time (and experienced) entrepreneurs can make.


5:00-5:45 PM Startup Financing 101: Presentation & Q&A: presentation on the basic components of venture capital and financing startups.

6:00-7:00 PM NETWORKING / Q&A HAPPY HOUR: Snacks and drinks following the presentation in the cafe space, thanks to Rock River Capital.


Chris recently moved from Chicago to the Madison area where he has been investing in Wisconsin and Midwest early stage ventures as well as local real estate. He previously ran the Chicago Principal Investment team of Macquarie Bank (ASX:MQG, $28B market cap) which deployed +$2B of capital into special situation debt and equity investments in the US and Canada. Prior to Macquarie, Chris was a Senior Analyst at Black Diamond Capital Management (a special situations hedge fund) in Lake Forest, IL. Chris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Rock River Capital was born in the Midwest because the next decade of great companies and returns will happen here. We strive to find great entrepreneurs that believe in the Midwest as well and want to partner in building great companies.

We are industry agnostic, but look for technical disruptors in the industry. Our bias is for that disruptor to be software related; and more often than not, include a data analytics component.

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