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Summer at Highland Info Session 2011

  1. 1. Building Great Companies Together MICHAEL GAISS [email_address] | @michaelgaiss
  2. 2. Quick background on Highland . <ul><li>Formed in 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>$3 billion under management & 8 funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backed 225 companies; over 100 IPOs and M&A </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early stage focused investment strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tech | internet | life sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Global presence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Geneva & Shanghai </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Michigan (Engineering), University of St. Thomas (MBA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unisys, IQ Software, Gentia Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Initiatives + Portfolio Value-Add + Marketing </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. We partner with entrepreneurs with big ambitions.
  4. 4. I also continue to like Ginger and would like to meet with them. Perhaps rope Graham in as well.
  5. 5. We love early stage.
  6. 7. We back young entrepreneurs.
  7. 8. We back young entrepreneurs.
  8. 9. We back young entrepreneurs.
  9. 10. We back young entrepreneurs.
  10. 11. We back young entrepreneurs.
  11. 12. We back young entrepreneurs.
  12. 13. We back young entrepreneurs.
  13. 14. We look to build relationships very early.
  14. 15. 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.
  15. 16. Designed to be complementary with other programs.
  16. 17. What do selected teams receive ? $15K Money Space Mentoring Services
  17. 18. 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 &quot;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.&quot; 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.&quot; 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.”
  18. 19. <ul><li>Leadership team with vision , passion & drive </li></ul><ul><li>Breakthrough idea (beyond just a concept) </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable & monetizable initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuing large addressable market opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Showing early traction & momentum </li></ul><ul><li>Technology-based initiatives: SaaS, internet/digital media, infrastructure, energy efficiency, healthcare IT, advanced materials </li></ul>Here’s what we’re looking for in 2011.
  19. 20. <ul><li>Move into a Highland facility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexington, MA or San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work closely with Highland investor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set goals and objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet periodically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highland “Pitch Day” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gain access to others that can help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highland professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder/CEO mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intros from across our network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer School, social and other group gatherings </li></ul>If selected, what should you expect .
  20. 21. <ul><li>Open to current undergraduate & graduate students, post grad docs and new grads (no earlier than Dec. 2010) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least one co-founder must meet this criterion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teams can comprise 2-4 persons </li></ul><ul><li>Teams will reside in Lexington, MA or California </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams are required to work on their initiatives for 10 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teams are under no obligation to Highland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not asking for equity, right of first look / refusal </li></ul></ul>Terms & conditions.
  21. 22. <ul><li>Complete the online application ( </li></ul><ul><li>Attachments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes/bios of all team members ( required ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to two letters of recommendation (highly recommended) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introductory company presentation (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional links to videos, screenshots, etc (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deadline for applications is April 7, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected teams notified no later than April 29, 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teams start on or around June 6, 2011 </li></ul>How to apply .
  22. 23. Questions on Summer@Highland?
  23. 24. We’re here to help <ul><li>Entrepreneurship Central </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highland Entrepreneur Network – LinkedIn Group (800+ members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @HighlandCapital, @HighlandSummer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook: </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Building Great Companies Together MICHAEL GAISS [email_address] | @michaelgaiss