Search Fund Accelerator Founder and CEO Timothy Bovard - Wed 1/17 12:30-1:30 in N400 (classroom confirmed)

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

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N400 (confirmed)

2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States

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Building on opportunities this past fall to gain perspective on search funds and entrepreneurship through acquisition, we will welcome Timothy Bovard to campus on Wed, Jan 17 at 12:30 to lead a discussion on the business model of Search Fund Accelerator -- www.searchfundaccelerator.com -- as well as on the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional search fund model and important questions any prospective searcher needs to consider when choosing the path they want to take. He'll ask questions that will push you to think about critical success factors in Entrepreneurship through Acquisition. Timothy will then be able to stay after for 1-on-1 or small-group discussion.

Background on our speaker: Timothy Bovard is the founder and CEO of Search Fund Accelerator (SFA) in Boston. SFA is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs greatly increase their chances of finding and acquiring excellent companies and managing them successfully as equity-owning CEOs. Previously, he founded and headed CPI S.A., a buildup of 20 companies into what became Europe's leading book manufacturer with over $600 million in sales and 4,000 employees in 15 plants across Europe. For the past 15 years, he has been Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, teaching a popular elective on Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition to over 8,000 MBAs and EMBAs. He co-created Your First Hundred Days, INSEAD's most sought-after course and a unique learning experience that simulates the management of an acquired company. He now is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, teaching a course on Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition. https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-bovard-00514916/

Background on SFA: Search Fund Accelerator is a highly innovative approach to acquiring and investing in small businesses. For searchers, SFA provides unparalleled coaching and support during the company search process, has committed capital to underwrite the equity needed for the acquisition, and continues providing support to CEOs post-acquisition. SFA increases the chances of success for entrepreneurs seeking to buy and run a company of their own. For investors, SFA provides unique access to talented entrepreneurs who receive the mentoring and support they need to be successful. This results in enhanced financial returns while still allowing investors to be involved helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Timothy especially welcomes those who feel they already know the search fund model that is best for them. This session might reconfirm that view. Or it might bring up some pros/cons that you hadn't considered.

This will be an interactive discussion, so please bring questions. And feel free to bring lunch...

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