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2018 Search Fund Conference
Dec
2
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Search Fund Conference

Interested in buying, owning and running a small business shortly after your MBA? Like entrepreneurship but don’t have a great startup idea? Ever thought about Entrepreneurship through Acquisition?

Attend the Annual Search Fund Conference, hosted by the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Club at Harvard Business School. The conference will paint a vivid picture of how searches work—both from the investor and searcher perspective.

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5th Annual Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference
Nov
7
8:00 AM08:00

5th Annual Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference

The ETA Group at Chicago Booth, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Levi Institute at Kellogg are delighted to host the 5th Annual Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference.

The Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Conference is an annual event that brings together search fund entrepreneurs, investors, MBA students, faculty, and other participants in the entrepreneurship through acquisition ecosystem to meet one another and share insights into this rapidly-growing area. This year's conference will highlight ETA models employed by graduating students and young alumni, including traditional, self-funded, and incubated search funds. For experienced executives, the conference will spotlight operator-focused strategies, including Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), Management Buyouts (MBOs), ESOP transactions, and operator lead initiatives at private equity firms.

The conference is co-organized by Chicago Booth and Kellogg and offers the opportunity to meet industry experts and practicing entrepreneurs from across the country, who provide their perspectives on various aspects of the ETA model. Entrepreneurship through acquisition rests at the intersection of academia and the private sector, blending the vast knowledge and insight of academia with the wisdom and experience of practicing professionals.

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IESE International Search Fund Conference
Oct
4
to Oct 5

IESE International Search Fund Conference

IESE will be hosting the 3rd International Search Fund Conference on Thursday and Friday, October 4-5, 2018, in Barcelona. The conference will be an opportunity for search-CEOs, active searchers, new searchers, and search fund investors from around the world to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest.

Throughout the conference, there will be ample time and spaces for informal, impromptu meetings among attendees.

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NYC EtA Meetup
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

NYC EtA Meetup

Entrepreneurial Acquisition: Funded, Unfunded & Search Funds

Members are investors, entrepreneurs, intermediaries and business professionals that have an interest in acquiring lower middle market companies. We are open to all investment strategies and models in the space with a common goal to help inform and enable the next generations of entrepreneurs. The group focuses on topics and best practices such as industry identification, succession planning, raising capital, managing investors, sourcing deals, due diligence, financing and negotiation.

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Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition @ Babson
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition @ Babson

  • Needham Wellesley Room, Babson College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Many great entrepreneurs come at innovation through acquiring a company instead of founding one. Join the Blank Center with fellow Babson students and alumni for an evening discussion about Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition where we will explore Search Funds -- the deal sourcing and financing process as well as general advice on how to evaluate and find acquisition opportunities. Our experts will approach this topic from the searcher, business broker, and experienced entrepreneur perspectives. If you have considered entrepreneurship, and haven’t found your Next Big Idea, or if you are curious about alternatives to starting a business from scratch, this event is for you. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and building connections.

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MIT EtA Summit
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

MIT EtA Summit

  • Samberg Conference Center | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Considering the search fund model as an alternative career path? Join us for the 2018 MIT ETA Summit on March 9th at the Samberg Conference Center. This full-day event brings together a leading group of searchers, investors, and young CEOs - many of them MIT alums - for a hands-on look at the tools and tactics you need for search fund success. Registration is limited to ensure an intimate setting and maximum exposure for attendees.

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 HBS Search Fund Conference
Dec
3
8:00 AM08:00

HBS Search Fund Conference

The conference will paint a vivid picture of how searches work—both from the investor and searcher perspective. Through panels and presentations, the conference will cover the following topics:

 

  • Choosing Your Model & Raising Capital. Learn how investors evaluate searchers. 
  • Going International. Assess the added challenges and opportunities of a non-US search.
  • Closing The Deal. Investigate the processes of a search fund acquisition.
  • Searching & Prospecting. Compare strategies and tactics for finding a company to acquire.
  • The First 100 Days. Evaluate the main challenges, best practices and tactics of managing your business post-acquisition.
  • Dealing With Adversity.  Examine what happens when searchers encounter adversities.
  • Meet the Investors. Hear from the capital providers.
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Stanford GSB Search Fund Conference
Sep
13
7:30 AM07:30

Stanford GSB Search Fund Conference

Stanford GSB’s first Search Fund Conference is designed for CEOs, directors, and investors of search-acquired companies, as well as those actively searching for a company to buy. Our goal is to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about growing and leading operating companies from top faculty and executives, while connecting with other search operators and investors in Stanford’s stimulating setting.

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