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Ask a VC: Venture Capital 101 + 6 Investors + You

Friday, September 19

We're thrilled to announce our special Ask a VC event! We'll have (at least) six awesome Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investors there answering your questions on what is VC, the process for getting VC, what investors look for, and more.

Not only will you get awesome content and insight from investors, but half of the session will be "Ask me Anything" style, where you can interact directly with the investors.

On top of that, we'll have fifteen spots for those who want to make a one-minute Lightning Shout Out about what they are working on and get direct feedback from investors and the audience. If you're interested in that, just indicate that when you sign up.

Participating Investors

  • Ian Nabb - Camden Partners
  • Jason Sydow - QuestMark Partners
  • Brett Topche - MentorTech Partners
  • Rob Rosenbaum - TEDCO
  • Vince Talbert - Angel Investor
  • Evan MacQueen - Core Capital Partners
  • Kelly Keenan Trumpbour - See Jane Invest and Baltimore Angels


8-8:15: registration, networking and grab breakfast

8:15-8:45: "VC 101" investor panel

  • What is Venture Capital? And how does it work?
  • How do you even begin talking to a VC?
  • What's the process like for soliciting, interacting with, and getting investment from VCs?
  • What does your VC firm invest in?

8:45-9:15: open questions from audience ("Ask me anything" style)

9:15-9:45: Fifteen Lightning (one minute) Quick Feedback ShoutOuts with comments from VCs

9:45-10: Wrap up

6225 Smith Avenue


  • Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

    Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

    Kelly Keenan Trumpbour works to inspire women to become investors in women-led startups. Her website, See Jane Invest helps women understand how and when to invest, and why entering the marketplace as entrepreneurs and investors enables women to express their values, give back to our communities, and model smart risk taking. Her mission is to grow a supportive female investment community in her hometown of Baltimore where she is a member of the Baltimore Angels and a 2014 Washington Pipeline Fellow.

  • Ian Nabb

    Ian Nabb

    Ian is a Senior Associate at Camden Partners, where he focuses primarily on growth equity investments in technology-enabled companies. Ian targets investments in the business services and healthcare industries where he has experience with SaaS, enterprise software and cyber security companies.

  • Jason Sydow

    Jason Sydow

    Jason joined QuestMark in 2007 to focus on technology enabled businesses including hardware and software. Prior to joining QuestMark, Jason led licensing and new company formation for engineering and physical sciences in the tech transfer office of Arizona State University. Previously, he was the general manager for medical batteries at EaglePicher Technologies, an energy storage company. Initially, he worked 4 years at The Boston Consulting Group as a consultant and project leader.

  • Brett Topche

    Brett Topche

    Mr. Topche joined MentorTech Ventures in 2007 and has more than a decade of venture capital and private equity experience. He has spent much of his career primarily focusing on investments in ecommerce, digital media, mobile applications, marketing technologies and B2B software. He represents MentorTech on the Boards of Directors of PayPerks and Kembrel and served on the Board of Wanderfly prior to its acquisition. He also serves as a Board Observer at Curalate, Cloudmine, Quad Learning,, Soft Tissue Regeneration and TicketLeap and as a member of the Investor Advisory Board of SnipSnap.

  • Robert Rosenbaum

    Robert Rosenbaum

    Mr. Rosenbaum is an accomplished strategy, finance and operations executive with a 30 year history of building and managing high performance teams and organizations, both entrepreneurial and corporate. As President and Executive Director, Rob is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership to ensure TEDCO’s position as a national leader in technology transfer from academic and federal research labs, as a seed and early-stage investor and as a provider of entrepreneurial business assistance.

  • Vince Talbert

    Vince Talbert

    Vince is active as an investor, advisor and educator in the Baltimore philanthropic and education community supporting efforts to transform public education. Vince is currently the Chairman of the Board for Network for Good. Vince joined Network for Good through an acquisition of GiveCorps, where he was the CEO. He has 24 years of marketing, Internet and credit card experience. Prior to GiveCorps, he was the VP of Merchant Services at PayPal. He joined PayPal through the $1 billion acquisition of Bill Me Later, Inc. in which he was a founder and led marketing. Prior to BML, he led Internet Marketing for First USA where he was named IAB’s 1999 "Marketer of the Year". He started his career at Citibank. Vince earned his MBA at the UVA and his BS at Towson University. Vince is a life long Baltimore area resident.

  • Evan MacQueen

    Evan MacQueen

    Evan MacQueen joined Core Capital Partners in 2011 and focuses on early- and growth-stage investments in the analytics, cloud, cyber-security, mobile, and technology infrastructure spaces. Previously, Evan was an Associate at BIA Digital Partners, a family of mezzanine funds focusing on the media, telecommunications, and technology-enabled services sectors. Evan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.