Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

The Inaugural UCLA Anderson ETA and Search Fund Roundtable

This event is focused on providing practical, actionable insights that are essential for success across all phases of entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA). Our goal is to furnish participants with concrete skills and understanding that bolster their effectiveness as searchers, CEOs and other roles in the ETA sphere.

APRIL 3, 2024


Exploring New Opportunities in Small Business Acquisition

Prepare to immerse yourself in a day brimming with dynamic talks and participative sessions on strategic capital allocation decisions, the role of investors in search funds and other topics. Perfect for the prospective searcher, those active in the field and explorers alike, the ETA Roundtable has offerings for every interest.

Engage with peers, broaden your professional circle and extract wisdom from seasoned professionals. Seize this exceptional chance to absorb, interact and emerge motivated!

Circle April 3, 2024, on your calendar and make plans to participate in UCLA Anderson's ETA Roundtable.

We're excited to welcome you!

Korn Convocation Hall
110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095


April 3, 2024
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

Enjoy a hearty breakfast to fuel the day. This is an excellent opportunity for networking and informal discussions before the conference begins.

8:45 a.m.
Welcome & Kickoff

The MCs will officially open the conference and set the tone for insightful discussions and learning. They will provide an overview of the agenda and introduce the key themes and objectives of the event.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Session

Opening Keynote by Kent Weaver

Kent Weaver, a distinguished figure in the field, will deliver the opening keynote, offering valuable insights into the current landscape and future directions of search funds and entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA). Expect an engaging session that sets a high bar for the day's discussions.

Panel Discussions
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Life as a Searcher

This panel will delve into the personal journeys of searchers in the ETA space, featuring a mix of traditional and self-funded search investors. Moderated by Alex Wang, panelists Darwin Valentine, Abhi Arora, Raam Jani and George Lang will share their experiences, challenges and successes, providing a comprehensive view of the searcher's path.

  • Panelists: Darwin Valentine, Abhi Arora, George Lang, Raam Jani
  • Moderator: Alex Wang
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 2: Lessons and Reflections from the Operators

Moderated by Rick Gustafson, this panel will focus on the operational side of running acquired businesses. Panelists Chris Williams, Fiona Yu, Derek Turner and Sam Swan will explore the critical lessons learned and reflections on driving growth, operational excellence and value creation post-acquisition.

  • Panelists: Chris Williams, Fiona Yu, Derek Turner, Sam Swan
  • Moderator: Rick Gustafson
12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

Refuel, network and discuss the morning's learnings with fellow attendees. Enjoy a selection of lunch options for a variety of dietary preferences.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Value Creation Stories

Discover the art and science behind value creation post-acquisition. This panel, featuring Manvendra and Austin and moderated by Tim Ludwig, will explore real-world stories of growth, innovation and strategic success.

  • Panelists: Manvendra Saxena, Austin King
  • Moderator: Tim Ludwig
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Reflections from a Seasoned Search CEO

Join Kent and Mahesh for an intimate fireside chat detailing Mahesh’s extensive experience in the search fund ecosystem. Gain insights from his journey, lessons learned and advice for aspiring searchers and operators.

  • Panelists: Mahesh Rajasekharan
  • Moderator: Kent Weaver
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks From UCLA Legend Al Osborne

The conference will conclude with closing remarks, summarizing key takeaways, thanking participants and setting the stage for future engagements and continued learning within the ETA community.



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