We will be hearing direct from a Silicon Valley investor, Shirish Patel, about how to attract venture capital funding for your idea.
Born in Soroti, Shirish Patel is a second generation Ugandan of Indian descent, who lived in Mbale, Masaka and Kampala. In 1969, he completed his A’levels from Kololo Senior Secondary School where he studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He later left for higher education in the UK where he studied at the University of Southampton (Electronic Engineering) and the University of Manchester (Computer Science).
Fast forward a couple of years and Shirish is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and professional CEO with multiple start-up company experience spanning over twenty five years. His investment and operation experience with tier one venture firms in the valley has given him the ability to transform a group of young founders into disciplined, process-driven and result-oriented entrepreneurs with a real company.
He has specialty in giving form and growing start-up companies as well as management of start-ups that have run into difficulties.
He also recently revived his technical skills and can now add app-developer to his long list of skills. His domain expertise is in networking/telecom infrastructure, system and software, smart-phone mobile apps and Web 2.0.
On Saturday 9th February at 5:30pm, the Mara BizHack has the pleasure of having this skilled professional share with the young and ambitious competitors his experience in Silicon Valley. He will also give them the necessary tips they’ll need from his vast experience with start-ups on how to attract venture funding for your idea. Also during the weekend long event, We will have a bunch of great mentors on board to give you the best chance of success, including techies Thoughtworks, Lumjo Consultants, Steven Musoke, Richard Zulu, Evelyn Namara – finance experts from KPMG – and branding experts SMS Media, Media Analyst, An Xiao Studio, Davis Musinguzi, Daniel Stern, and Michael Niyitegeka.
All this is made possible by our sponsors, Warid Telecom and Sheraton Kampala Hotel, to whom we are indebted.