Your company's pitch is crucial when it comes to raising capital. Hear from our expert panel on their experiences securing investment. Get advice and insight on what to include in a pitch, what preparation is necessary, and what to say to really sell your business.

Jonathan Barry, President, Seaforth Energy Inc. ( - Jonathan is president of Seaforth Energy, one of the world's leading commercial-class wind turbine manufacturers and also Atlantic Canada's largest renewable energy systems integrator. Prior to Seaforth Energy, he held senior business development and sales positions with start-ups and some of Canada's largest corporations. He was formerly vice president for Bell Canada's Enterprise Ontario group. As president of Seaforth Energy, Jonathan has been successful in securing investment for the company.

Robert Cervelli, Director, Origin BioMed Inc., President and CEO, NeuroQuest Inc.  ( and - Robert is director of Origin BioMed, an over-the-counter drug company providing innovative products to drugstore chains, and president and CEO of NeuroQuest, a drug development company seeking new approaches to modulation of nerve transmission. He has worked diligently to secure international scientific, technical, business and investment relationships to support the company's product development efforts and future prospects for growth. As a seasoned business executive with a number of biotechnology companies, he has consulted for the public and private sector on technology patenting, commercialization and licensing.

Ross Finlay, Co-founder and Director, First Angel Network ( - Ross is co-founder and director of First Angel Network (FAN), a not-for-profit organization that bridges the gap between entrepreneurs and capital in Atlantic Canada through communication, education and networking. He has been an angel investor since 2000 and has helped a number of companies raise private equity. As a consultant, Ross is a recognized facilitator, business planner, and strategic change advisor who has an extensive background in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Jevon MacDonald, Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovacorp ( - Jevon is the entrepreneur in residence at Innovacorp. He has spent the last decade building high technology businesses. Most recently he was a partner at Dachis Group, a social business software and services firm backed by a $50 million commitment from Austin Ventures. There, he helped facilitate four acquisitions, significant revenue growth, and development of the company from four to over 150 employees. Jevon is also a co-founder of and a regular writer for, the leading voice of the start-up community in Canada. hosts regular events such a StartupEmpire, Canada's largest start-up conference, and Founders and Funders, one of the premier start-up financing events in Canada.

Moderator - Jevon MacDonald, Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovacorp

Thursday, April 28, 2011
8:45 am - 10:00 am
Innovation Boardroom
Innovacorp - Technology Innovation Centre
1 Research Drive, Dartmouth, NS

As always, these gatherings are intended for Innovacorp clients and affiliates. However, if space allows, we welcome special guests. If you’d like to join us, email us and we’ll let you know about space availability.