For entrepreneurs considering the venture capital path for their startups, we know the road can be daunting. For most of us, we're having to build a brand new skillset when the stakes couldn't be higher.
How do we time our raise? What's the right valuation? And what's the best way to build conversations & relationships without being too explicit about plans to raise? Which VCs will be a good fit given stage, industry, model & personality? What matters to each of the investors we're pitching to? What terms make sense? How do we close a round with multiple investors? And how do we strategically plan a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders?
Join us for a panel discussion with investors who will share their insights about securing early-stage funding.
Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup
Meeting the right people & building an investor funnel
Valuing your company
Deciding how much to raise
Understanding common mistakes & pitfalls in fundraising
Creating the right pitch
The panel will be followed by a pitch session where 3 founders will give a 4-minute pitch about their company & then receive feedback from our panelists. Want to pitch? Apply here.
Deadline to apply is September 4th. Winning pitches will be contacted by September 6th.
About the panelists
Jenny Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars & General Partner at The Fund -Jenny Fielding is the Managing Director of Techstars New York where she leads the program. She is also the founder & General Partner at The Fund, a first check fund investing exclusively in New York based companies. Her portfolio includes more than 110+ tech enabled companies. Previously, Jenny headed up Corporate Venture & Digital Innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments & led business development deals. She has also started several tech companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2009. Jenny began her career as a lawyer, spent time at JP Morgan & is a graduate of Columbia University where she is an Adjunct Professor.
Brian Harwitt, Vice President at CoVenture -Brian is a Principal on CoVenture's Credit Opportunities business, where he has invested in the equity & debt of fintech companies for the past three years. Prior to working at CoVenture, Brian was in the Investment Banking Division of Guggenheim Partners, focusing on Healthcare Life Sciences M&A. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell studying Finance & East Asian Studies.
More panelists TBA!
6:30: Doors open6:50 - 7:35: Panel7:45 - 8:20: Pitches8:20 - 9:00: Networking
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