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JC Ruffalo

JC Ruffalo

Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations


Class Overview

The OCTANe LaunchPad helps later stage startups with investor deck presentations and capital funding strategies.

Selected presenters will have 10 minutes to present their investor deck to a group of cybersecurity industry experts, including industry professionals, investors, service providers and fellow entrepreneurs. The panelists have expertise in all aspects of commercialization, including operations, regulatory, financing, business strategy, and intellectual property. There will be 30-45 minutes of Q&A with the group of panelists following each presentation. 

Presentations should address the following critical components: problem, solution, market potential, market size, go to market strategy, competitive advantage, regulatory strategy, R&D considerations, IP status, 3 to 5 year P&L financials, exit strategy, your ASK (capital or strategic relationships). 

Panelists will rate each presentation on a 30-point checklist/evaluation form that will be compared to the historical database of other similar companies to produce a statistical report. Using this predictive analytics database, LaunchPad evaluates how likely a company is to attract investment capital. The panel process produces an array of valuable feedback.