The MyEO DealExchange DX22 conference will take place in Denver, Colorado from October 12-15, 2022. The first two MyEO DealExchange conferences in 2018 and 2019 had a significant impact on the members who attended, including a 7-figure investment in Scott Mesh’s (EO New York) company.
To learn more about the MyEO DealExchange DX22 event, we asked Alan Peterson (EO Orange County), MyEO DealExchange Main Group Champion, about the DX22 event. Here’s what Alan shared:
Why did you advocate for the MyEO DealExchange core group?
In 2016, I was looking for my next big thing after 25 years of operating a marketing business. I wanted to learn everything I could about the business of buying, growing and selling businesses. But other than my EO friends and forum members, I didn’t know of any group I could tap into for this knowledge.
The great thing about EO is: if what you want doesn’t exist, you have the ability to create it through MyEO. So that’s what I did.
MyEO DealExchange was formally approved as MyEO Premier Group in August 2018. Two months later, we hosted our first conference. DX18 was a huge success and we were more than busy. Our second annual conference event, DX19, was even better than the first! Now, after a two-year hiatus from Covid, we’re creating another life-changing event: DX22.
MyEO DX attracts EO members looking to transform or reinvent their business strategies or overall commitment to entrepreneurship. Some members of MyEO DX are angel investors and serial entrepreneurs with deep knowledge about the process and strategy behind buying and selling companies. It is an incredibly valuable event for both EO Accelerators and EO members with startups looking to attract investment in addition to EO members looking for the right investment opportunity.
The DX event is so powerful because of the quality of the network among the MyEO DX community. Our DX events are truly conducted in the MyEO spirit: For members, for members
Who can attend DX22?
Attendees must be EO members, EO Accelerator participants, or their verified guest, such as a spouse or business partner. Each member or Accelerator can bring ONE guest, but not multiple guests. Our goal is to protect and retain the EO community of trust and respect so that we can enjoy our “EO privacy” at the event. We have been very successful in creating this environment at previous DX events.
What are some of the highlights of the DX22 event?
EO members are a high performing group and the benchmark for EO events is quite high. At DX22, we will present the same superior level of learning events, speakers and conferences that EO members enjoy at global EO events such as universities or regional events, but in a smaller, more focused venue. MyEO DealExchange members are a community of EO members focused on high-yield deals, opportunities, and opportunities and learn everything you need to know to craft those deals.
The three-day DX22 event will be packed with opportunities to network, both formally and informally, and will feature intriguing keynote speakers on topics such as real estate, e-commerce and cryptocurrency. We will have several working groups with in-depth presentation content so attendees can pick and choose which topics interest them most.
What is the Needs and Leads Speed Networking event?
For this event, we pair participants up for three minutes and then rotate you around the room. Each person has 90 seconds to share the details of the investment opportunity or “deal need” they are pitching or seeking. The speed round produces an extremely high level of shocking resource connectivity. During the DX18 event, an attendee shared with me that “One of the connections I made during Speed Networking just paid off all my years of EO membership! My team is already on the phone with their team making a deal.”
The impact that occurs among attendees during Speed Networking is unmatched!
Tell us about the Angel-Shark experience.
The MyEO DX Angel-Shark Experience is like other Shark Tank experiences you may be familiar with, except with the angel heart of EO’s core values on the table. EO “Angel-Sharks” are interested in a good investment. They also want to make an impact on an EO member or Accelerator company not only with money, but also through mentorship, management, strategy, connections and resources to help accelerate the company’s vision. There is a guaranteed minimum investment of $250,000, but in previous years, the Angel-Sharks have offered up to $450,000 in investment money.
There is a lengthy application and verification process for EO members or accelerators to qualify to present. About twenty selected people will participate in a pitch workshop session during DX22.
The first round of the Angel-Shark experience gives each competitor three minutes to pitch before a big gong ends their presentation. For the second round, the Angel-Sharks invite 5 or 6 companies to return for a longer and more in-depth presentation and follow-up questions.
During the exciting conclusion, the Angel-Sharks invite all the finalists back on stage to share what they liked, what they didn’t like, and if there’s an investment to be made. In recent years, EO Angel-Sharks have made life-changing offers to EO member companies and accelerators, including an offer to Craig Misrach (EO San Diego), CEO of UpLyft™, the first FDA-compliant automatic bed-to-wheelchair transfer system (“STS”) for people with reduced mobility. (Craig had two Angel-Sharks participate in his deal, and one of them came back for additional investments and serves in an advisory board role.)
Who is the ideal assistant for DX22?
Any EO member with a sincere interest in investing, raising cash, equity or equity capital for their company, and those who are interested in learning how to identify opportunities and make good acquisition decisions to grow their business strategies investment
If you are interested in diving into the realm of investing, this is the EO event for you. You will be surrounded by very knowledgeable EO member investors and you will certainly learn from them.
What’s next for MyEO DealExchange and the DX Conference?
It’s amazing to see the impact this conference has on attendees, and I’m excited to help bring together that impact and the rewarding networking that takes place. People literally get tears of joy in their eyes; they can’t believe they found this particular resource or investor.
By continuing on this path, I hope that MyEO DealExchange will become a much more institutionalized value proposition and become a reason why people want to join EO. Although we now have a couple of thousand MyEO DealExchange members, it is still EO’s best kept secret. Time to shout it from the rooftops: MyEO DealExchange 2022 is the unmissable EO event of 2022!
It might be EO’s best-kept secret, but now the secret is out, and you’re invited to attend DX22 – register today!
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