Finance Expert to Lead Five-Part IEEE-USA Webinar Series on Financing for Entrepreneurs

May 13, 2010, 16:58 ET from IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Dileep Rao, financial adviser, adjunct professor and author, will lead a five-part IEEE-USA webinar series for future and seasoned entrepreneurs, focusing on strategies that minimize the need for venture capital.

Rao, who has financed more than 450 start-ups, growing businesses and real estate projects, will begin with a 20 May webinar entitled, "Link Your Business Plan to Your Financing Needs." Registrants will receive a copy of Rao's book, "Lessons from Bootstrap to Billions."

In his book, Rao shows entrepreneurs and managers of entrepreneurial companies how many large businesses have used alternative financing options to grow. He says that 80 percent of them never received venture capital.

Rao advises governments, Fortune 1000 corporations, development finance institutions and entrepreneurs on business development and financing. He has taught courses in MBA and executive MBA programs in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and was recognized three times as its Outstanding MBA Teacher.

Rao is an entrepreneurial finance columnist for and authored "Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources" and "Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money." He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in business administration.

The complete webinar series is:

20 May – "Link Your Business Plan to Your Financing Needs"

24 June – "From Financing Needs to the Right Financial Structure"

22 July – "Fine-Tuning Financing: Find the Right Sources/Instruments"

19 August – "Reduce the Agony: Learn How to Find Financing"

16 September – "After the Financing: Better Decisions & Control"

The cost for the entire series is $129 for IEEE members and $225 for nonmembers. For an individual webinar, the cost is $69 for members and $99 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, go to

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

SOURCE IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)