Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Gaining the Edge – Cap Intro Florida 2022?
Gaining the Edge - Cap Intro Florida 2022 will facilitate conversation between investors/allocators and alternative investment managers. The event will feature a day of educational panel discussions led by leading institutional allocators focused on what strategies look most attractive over the next 24 months, 2 days of in-person “one-on-one” capital introduction meetings, and optional social activities on the Saturday following the conference. It will conclude on February 11th, following 2 additional weeks of virtual capital introduction meetings. The online scheduling application allows investors and managers to evaluate, sort and screen each other based on different criteria, and ultimately allows for either party to request a meeting.
Is this a virtual or an in-person event?
There are two ways to participate in the event:
1. In-person & virtual
2. Virtual only (does not include educational panel discussions or a booth at our venue). Both options will use the same meeting scheduler.
Can I convert a virtual registration to an in-person & virtual registration?
Yes. Virtual registrations can be converted to in-person & virtual at any time before the conference. For approved investors, registration is complimentary. Managers and service providers will be charged the difference in price between the virtual only and in-person & virtual registration price.
What happens if there is a renewed outbreak of COVID-19?
If there is a reoccurrence of COVID-19 and the CDC raises warnings to Level 3 (avoid non-essential travel) all registrations will be converted to a virtual only format. For managers and service providers, we will refund the difference in pricing for those that registered for in-person & virtual to virtual only.
Who is organizing the event?
The event is 100% owned by Gaining the Edge LLC., an experienced alternative event organizer, whose 2021 virtual cap intro event had over 1,900 registrations, which we believe is the largest virtual cap intro event in the history of the alternative investment industry. Gaining the Edge also hosts Gaining the Edge – Hedge Fund Conferences that have sold out all 6 conferences with over 2,000 unique industry registrations, and Gaining the Edge – Alternative Investment Educational Webinar Series, which has had over 5,000 industry professionals register for one of its 20 episodes. Agecroft Partners, an affiliate company of Gaining the Edge LLC., volunteers its time to help market the event and aid in the event’s success. Agecroft Partners was a joint owner of Hedgeopolis, one of the top hedge fund conferences in the industry from 2013 to 2016.
Where will the event take place?
The event will take place at the West Palm Beach Hilton and attached West Palm Beach Convention Center, which is adjacent to high-end shopping and restaurants. We will also have room blocks at surrounding hotels.
When will 1-1 meetings take place?
In-person 1-1 meetings will take place on Thursday, January 20th and Friday, January 21st. Virtual Meetings will take place from Monday, January 24th to Friday, February 11th.
What is the length of the meetings?
The meetings will last for up to 30 minutes.
What is the format of the virtual meetings?
Participants will be given a unique URL upon a 1-1 video meeting confirmation, which will allow up to 3 people per firm to join.
What type of social activities will take place on the Saturday after the event (Saturday, January 22)?
We will offer multiple social activities based on demand, which potentially will include but not limited to: a golf tournament, croquet tournament, tennis tournament, everglades tour, along with other activities. More details will be available soon.
Is there any cost for investors/allocators to participate?
No, registration for "approved" allocators/investors is complimentary.
Is there a minimum number of meetings required for an allocator to participate?
No, there is no minimum meeting requirement.
Has Gaining the Edge or Agecroft Partners completed due diligence on the managers participating in the event?
No, investors should read all disclosures and understand all risks associated with investing in alternative investments during the investor registration process. Investors should conduct their own due diligence on managers, and if need be, seek advice from their advisors or reputable third party organizations to validate information submitted by managers.
What is the cost for a manager to participate?
There is tiered pricing based on when a manager registers:
For both in-person meetings in Florida and 2 weeks of virtual meetings (includes 2 tickets to the event, a private booth with a table and 4 chairs , and first 15 meetings): Tier 1 $5,975, Tier 2 $6,975, Tier 3 $7,975.
For virtual meetings only (includes 2 logins and the first 10 meetings (does not include tickets to the in person event)): Tier 1 $3,475, Tier 2 $3,975, Tier 3 $4,475.
Managers also have the choice of registering by making a direct donation of double the current registration price (minimum donation of $7500) to a charity of their choice instead of paying a registration fee. In order to register by donation, the charity must be pre-approved by Gaining the Edge and must primarily benefit at-risk youth. The donation must be made in the joint name of both your firm and Gaining the Edge LLC (tax benefit stays with you).
If I elect to make a direct donation to a charity that supports at-risk youth, what is the process?
Managers that make direct donations to charities that benefit at-risk youth will be thanked in the opening remarks of the event, will be listed on the website in the "charity" section alongside their charity beneficiary, and will be recognized in a press release distributed after the event.
Managers must submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a description of the charity/non-profit they would like to make a direct contribution to for approval. While Gaining the Edge is flexible on which specific charity/non-profit receives the donation, the charity must support/benefit at-risk youth.
If the charity/non-profit is approved by Gaining the Edge, the managers must make a donation to the charity in both their name and Gaining the Edge, but the tax benefit will stay 100% with the manager. A receipt from the charity for the donation, in both the firm and Gaining the Edge’s name, must be submitted in order for event registration to be confirmed.
All beneficiaries of direct contributions from managers will be listed in the ‘Charity’ section of our website, along with a link to the charity’s website. Gaining the Edge will also list the name of the manager that made the donation, unless the manager requests the donation be anonymous.
Is there a cost for additional meetings?
Additional meetings can be purchased in 5 meeting increments for $775/block of 5 meetings. Managers will be notified when their schedule is getting close to reaching the maximum number of meetings.
Why should a manager sign up early?
Managers should sign up early to secure the lowest price, to confirm hotel rooms at their first choice location, and receive priority booth location.
We have more than one investment strategy/fund. Can additional funds be added?
The standard registration price is for one strategy and can include both an on and off-shore share class. Additional strategies/funds can be added for an additional $750/fund. If interested in adding additional funds, after registering for the event send an email to email@example.com and let him know how many more strategies you would like to added and he will facilitate.
Am I able to show a slideshow during my meeting?
What if I register but don’t get any meetings?
It is our objective for all alternative managers that participate in our event to have a large number of confirmed meetings. However, it is ultimately up to the investors to choose which funds they would like to meet with and Gaining the Edge cannot guarantee that a manager will be successful in confirming meetings.
What happens if an investor does not show up for a scheduled meeting time or they have internet connection issues and are unable to participate in the meeting?
Gaining the Edge will provide the investor contact information to the manager and it will be up to both parties to follow up and schedule a meeting at a convenient time.
All questions relative to the scheduling platform should be directed to HedgeConnection. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-479-3680.
All other questions relative to the event itself should be directed to William Clarke at email@example.com or 804-916-0862.