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With Michael Brown (Founder & Managing Partner at Bowery Capital), Andrea Hippeau (Principal, Lerer Hippeau Ventures), Sutian Dong (ex-Partner, Female Founders Fund).
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 06:30 PM   $20

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For many, fundraising is the hardest part of building a startup & navigating the fundraising process is daunting. You may find yourself wondering if the venture route is right for you & your business, asking yourself questions like, how much money do I raise? Whats the best way to connect with the right investors? How do I close a round with multiple investors? And how can I strategically plan a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders?

If youre fundraising (or considering VC), join us on March 25th at Betaworks Studios for our panel & pitch night! Learn if VC is the smartest option for you & how to secure early-stage funding.

Well discuss:

-Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup=
-Valuing your company
-Deciding how much to raise
-Understanding common mistakes & pitfalls in fundraising
-Creating the right pitch

About the Speakers

-Michael Brown is a Founder & Managing Partner at Bowery Capital. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown was a Co-Founder & General Partner at AOL Ventures. Before AOL Ventures, Brown worked for the investment arm of Richard Bransons Virgin Group. He began his career at Morgan Stanley as an equity research analyst. Outside of his professional life, Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation & the Columbia College Alumni Association. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

-Andrea Hippeau is Principal at Lerer Hippeau. She is on the investment team. Prior to joining Lerer Hippeau, she held management & business development roles at portfolio companies The Dodo & Bark & Co. Andrea worked in corporate development while at Advance Publications & managed client relationships for Thomson Reuters. After studying French & business management at Skidmore College, she went on to get her MBA from Columbia Business School. Andrea always starts her day with a home workout using her MIRROR.

-Sutian Dong is a leader in early-stage venture capital & a vocal proponent of diversity across startups, funds, & the limited partner ecosystem. She is currently working on a new project that will redefine access to capital across the entire funding stack and, at scale, has the potential to solve the diversity imbalance that currently exists in the billions of dollars invested in technology companies every year. She is also the cofounder of the Global Women in VC community, a group of almost 2,000 female investors across over 1,000 funds & 50 countries. As the largest directory of female investors worldwide, the community serves as the foundational dataset for women to connect, collaborate, & create new opportunities to invest with & work alongside each other. Sutian was most recently a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early stage fund investing in the exponential power of exceptional female talent. The fund has built the most recognized brand focused on leading female-run opportunities in internet & software startups.

6:30: Doors open
6:50 - 7:35: Panel
7:45 - 8:20: Pitches
8:20 - 9:00: Networking

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