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    Summer at Highland Info Session 2011 Summer at Highland Info Session 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • Building Great Companies Together MICHAEL GAISS [email_address] | @michaelgaiss
    • Quick background on Highland .
      • Formed in 1988
      • $3 billion under management & 8 funds
        • Backed 225 companies; over 100 IPOs and M&A
      • Early stage focused investment strategy
        • tech | internet | life sciences
      • Global presence
        • Offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Geneva & Shanghai
      • About me
        • University of Michigan (Engineering), University of St. Thomas (MBA)
        • Unisys, IQ Software, Gentia Software
        • Entrepreneurial Initiatives + Portfolio Value-Add + Marketing
    • We partner with entrepreneurs with big ambitions.
    • I also continue to like Ginger and would like to meet with them. Perhaps rope Graham in as well.
    • We love early stage.
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    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We back young entrepreneurs.
    • We look to build relationships very early.
    • What is [email_address] ? An entrepreneurship program designed to provide university-affiliated entrepreneurs with the environment and resources to help advance their startup to the next level.
    • Designed to be complementary with other programs.
    • What do selected teams receive ? $15K Money Space Mentoring Services
    • A track record having terrific past participants . Joshua Feast MIT Sloan School of Management ” Amazing experience. We are already talking up Highland as a place where people are smart and fair.” Matthew Prince & Michelle Zatlyn Harvard Business School “ Terrific opportunity to incubate our idea, gain feedback from Highland’s experienced team, and find people critical to building our business.” Jeff LeBrun & John Rice University of Michigan "Highland's program provide d the time, workspace, and expert feedback needed to launch our business. This is a great opportunity for any student entrepreneur." Mike Sullivan Harvard University ” The quality of Highland’s input was great, not only their input but the input from all the other people they put us in touch with." Matthew Lauzon Babson College ” This was an outstanding program from our perspective. My team and I are grateful to have been accepted into it.” Jeff Arnold, Waseem Daher, Anders Kaseorg MIT “ We had a great time at Highland – the mentorship, speaker series and connections were top-notch.” Will O'Brien MIT Sloan School of Management “ Highland is a top-class venture capital firm. During the summer, they helped my team evaluate strategic options and recruit advisers.” Alain Chuard (Stanford) & Victoria Ransom (HBS) “ The fact that we were able to spend time with senior partners was incredible.”
      • Leadership team with vision , passion & drive
      • Breakthrough idea (beyond just a concept)
      • Scalable & monetizable initiative
      • Pursuing large addressable market opportunity
      • Showing early traction & momentum
      • Technology-based initiatives: SaaS, internet/digital media, infrastructure, energy efficiency, healthcare IT, advanced materials
      Here’s what we’re looking for in 2011.
      • Move into a Highland facility
        • Lexington, MA or San Francisco
      • Work closely with Highland investor
        • Set goals and objectives
        • Meet periodically
        • Highland “Pitch Day”
      • Gain access to others that can help
        • Highland professionals
        • Founder/CEO mentor
        • Intros from across our network
      • Summer School, social and other group gatherings
      If selected, what should you expect .
      • Open to current undergraduate & graduate students, post grad docs and new grads (no earlier than Dec. 2010)
        • At least one co-founder must meet this criterion
      • Teams can comprise 2-4 persons
      • Teams will reside in Lexington, MA or California
        • Teams are required to work on their initiatives for 10 weeks
      • Teams are under no obligation to Highland
        • Not asking for equity, right of first look / refusal
      Terms & conditions.
      • Complete the online application (www.hcp.com/summer)
      • Attachments:
        • Resumes/bios of all team members ( required )
        • Up to two letters of recommendation (highly recommended)
        • Introductory company presentation (optional)
        • Additional links to videos, screenshots, etc (optional)
      • Deadline for applications is April 7, 2011
        • Selected teams notified no later than April 29, 2011
      • Teams start on or around June 6, 2011
      How to apply .
    • Questions on Summer@Highland?
    • We’re here to help
      • Entrepreneurship Central
        • www.hcp.com/entrepreneurship_central
      • [email_address]
        • www.hcp.com/summer
      • Career Opportunities
        • www.hcp.com/careers
      • Social
        • Highland Entrepreneur Network – LinkedIn Group (800+ members)
        • Twitter: @HighlandCapital, @HighlandSummer
        • Facebook: www.facebook.com/HighlandCapitalPartners
    • Building Great Companies Together MICHAEL GAISS [email_address] | @michaelgaiss