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With founder/CEOs Ami Kumordzie (Sika Health), Raad Ahmed (Lawtrades), Rich Mokuolu (Partsimony), Geri Kirilova (Laconia Capital Group).
Thu, Mar 23, 2023 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   Free Agency, 16 W 22nd St, 8th Fl

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Fundraising is never easy, especially as an immigrant or first generation founder. The immigrant experience creates incredible resourcefulness & resilience, but also comes with its own set of mindsets, cultural norms & challenges when it comes to fundraising. These can be set-backs or sometimes your biggest strength if leveraged well.

Join us for an evening conversation as we explore these unique challenges. During the panel, you'll hear from FGI founders that have successfully raised venture funding & FGI venture investors. The conversation will focus on:

Specific mindsets founders have to overcome & the strategies & tactics these founders used

Perspective from investors of what FGI founders lack compared to other founders but also what they can leverage that is unique

Input from FGI founders & investors on how to improve your chances of successfully fundraising

Agenda for the event:

6 - 6:30pm: Registration & mingling

6:30 - 6:40pm: Welcome & intro to panelists

6:40 - 7:10pm: Facilitated conversation

7:10 - 7:30pm: Open Q&A

7:30 - 8:15: Networking & drinks

You can also enjoy our complimentary food & drink!

Our Panelists
Ami Kumordzie - CEO & Founder of Sika Health. Sika Health raised a $6.2m seed round led by Forerunner Ventures. Ami is an immigrant from Ghana.

Raad Ahmed - CEO & Founder of Lawtrades. Lawtrades raised a $6m Series A, built a profitable business & recently passed $10m in ARR. Raad is first generation Bengali from New York.

Rich Mokuolu - CEO & Co-Founder of Partsimony. Partsimony went through Techstars & raised a $2m seed round led by Closed Loop Ventures. Rich is an immigrant from Nigeria.

Geri Kirilova - Partner at Laconia Capital Group. Laconia is a B2B pre-seed & seed stage focused fund in New York. Geri is an immigrant from Bulgaria.

Following the panel, you'll have the chance to connect with other immigrant founders, investors & supporters. Whether you are just starting out or are already well on your way, we hope you'll join us for the evening.

As a quick refresh, FirstGeneration is a new community model to encourage, support, train & capitalize first generation & immigrant (FGI) entrepreneurs to unleash the full immigrant economic potential.
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