SOURCE: Growth Capital Expo

February 23, 2015 10:34 ET

Pre-IPO and Microcap Finance the Focus of Discussion Panels Announced for the Growth Capital Expo 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - The Growth Capital Expo and Public Company Boot Camp programs will feature an exciting schedule of discussion panels on the most critical issues in emerging growth company investment and finance, featuring the top experts in the market. The full schedule for the Expo, taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from April 12-14, is available now at GrowthCapitalExpo.com.

The Expo program kicks off on Sunday afternoon, April 12, with the Public Company Boot Camp, the Expo's popular pre-event workshop for pre-IPO and early-stage public company officers and directors. This year the Expo is joined by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the leading association fostering good corporate governance practices and board development for public companies.

The NACD's general counsel, Steve Walker, will host the workshop and introduce the Boot Camp's keynote speaker, Adam Epstein of Third Creek Advisors, and author of "The Perfect Corporate Board," the definitive guide on board development for officers and directors of small cap companies.

The Boot Camp is available to all attendees holding a "Full Access" ticket, or can be purchased separately. The workshop is limited to 80 participants only, so reserve your spot early for this popular program -- it will sell out quickly.

On Monday, April 13, Day One of the Expo's general session will focus on issues and trends in investment in the PIPE, registered private placement, and public emerging growth capital markets. The day will lead off with a review of market data on registered and unregistered private placements into both private and public small cap companies, by the top market research providers in the PIPE, registered offerings and pre-IPO private equity markets. Other panels will address legal and regulatory issues confronting the market, and trends in pricing, structuring and issuing PIPE and registered private placement securities.

The afternoon will feature panels on Patent and IP Investing, and Activism in Microcap Companies. These are two of the most active strategies employed by institutional investors in the emerging growth company sector today. The day closes with the Expo Networking Reception -- the "Big Night" for hob-nobbing and meeting with the top players, company executives and senior advisors in the emerging growth capital market.

On Tuesday, April 14, Day Two of the Growth Capital Expo will focus on later-stage private equity and pre-IPO emerging growth capital opportunities. The program will feature a full day of discussion panels on the rapidly developing Rule 506b and 506c online private placement market, the prospects for a viable mini-IPO venture market employing Reg A+ offerings, and strategies for incorporating these new innovations in equity finance into your corporate capital strategy. A panel of top secondary market operators and advisers will address the state of the private stock secondary markets and the future of venture exchanges for emerging growth company securities.

The afternoon will change gears a bit to drill down into one of the hottest sectors of investor interest: the legal marijuana business. This once-controversial area for institutional investment has seen a sea-change in investor sentiment now that four states have legalized marijuana for recreational sale, joining the 23 other states that have authorized sales for medical reasons. Growth capital investors active in legal marijuana business investment will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of this risky and potentially hugely-profitable sector.

We will wrap up Day Two, and the Expo general session, with a new feature -- The Lions Den, our homage to the popular Shark Tank TV show. The Lions Den will present four executive teams from private emerging growth companies for 10 minutes of pitching and five minutes of critique by a panel of top investors, followed by a vote to award the winner of the Emerging Growth Gladiator award for the best pitch of Expo 2015.

For more information about the Expo and to view the full agenda go to GrowthCapitalExpo.com.

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