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Webinar of interest to our Entrepreneurship Committee. From our friends at Innovate!

Join us for the continuation of our webinar series for startups and small businesses on Wednesday, May 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm with Mike Morgan on “Raising Capital During a Pandemic” and Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Sharma on"Optimizing Your Brand".

Raising capital as a start-up CEO or founder can be challenging. Distracting. Time consuming. And that was before COVID-19 changed the economic landscape. Join us for a fireside chat with Mike Morgan to discuss how to start and continue conversations with angel investors about raising capital during these times of uncertainty.

Mike is an experienced technology executive currently engaging aspiring young entrepreneurs and finance students as a Professor of Practice at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mike is a CPA and has served as Chief Financial Officer of four technology and telecommunications firms and has worked in both public and private environments. Mike most recently served as President for two years and CFO for six years of Bomgar Corporation prior to their sale to TA Associates. He also served as CFO and later as an independent board member of American HealthTech prior to their acquisition by Francisco Partners.

Learn how to assess and consolidate your existing marketing and brand assets and turn them into an efficient visual system that scales with you, your team, and your business.

Natalie Sharma is the Founder & Creative Director of Pixetal Studio, a niche design studio that specializes in creating websites, brand identities, and user interfaces as scalable visual systems for industry innovators. She is a Jackson native and an honors graduate of Mississippi University for Women where she received her BFA in Graphic Design. She has more than 10 years of experience in design and design tech and has worn many hats such as a layout designer, computer lab assistant, one-woman art department, marketing coordinator, and in-house designer. Outside of her work, Natalie is passionate about tech community and diversity. She is a regular volunteer tech expert with the The Bean Path and the founder of the local Meetup group—Women of Design & Tech. Most recently, Natalie was tapped as a finalist for the Ada Lovelace Awards for the Product Designer category and as a mentor for Innovate Mississippi’s Mentor Lounge.

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