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Real Talk: Investor-Founder-Mentor Relationships


Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner

Partner at Matchstick Ventures and Managing Director for Techstars Boulder

Liz Giorgi
Soona Studios, Co-Founder and CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015

Jacqueline Ros Amable is a global entrepreneur, community leader, builder, and writer based out of NYC. Previously she was the Techstars Regional Director of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, including Brazil. Jackie has seen the world of entrepreneurship close up. She was born in Miami, and has lived in Mexico City, Boulder, and Switzerland. An alum of the Techstars accelerator program where she led her company, Revolar, as CEO, she raised over $5 million from investors such as Foundry Group and was awarded patents for her technology. She's passionate about social issues and her career has spanned from serving communities through Teach For America, to helping up and coming political leaders win public office, to tech with a focus on making the world a more equitable, sustainable, and safe place.

Bryan Birsic
FundBoard, Co-founder & CEO

Bryan Birsic is a successful serial entrepreneur who has sat on both sides of the table as a founder and as an investor. He is currently the CEO and founder of Fundboard, a business that makes your raise more comprehensive, more efficient, and ultimately more likely to be successful. Fundboard's ultimate goal is to make the fundraising landscape more equitable and help surface and support great founders, wherever they are. Previously, he was the CEO and founder of Wunder Capital, Wunder is the market leader in financing non-residential (commercial, municipal, non-profit) solar projects in the U.S., having financed more than $500mm of solar project value. He's also been a longtime mentor at Techstars and focuses on harnessing capitalism for unsanctioned good.

Where do most founders go wrong? Where do most investors go wrong? It’s all about how they build relationships. But what does it actually mean to build a relationship for fundraising? In this talk we will discuss how to successfully build long term business relationships and how that applies to fundraising and network building. As a group of seasoned fundraisers, we are going to dig into the bolts and nuts of what healthy founder-investor-mentor relationships and conversations look like overtime, as well as, discuss some of the challenges in the fundraising landscape. From congress, to building new funds for underserved regions, or building platforms to democratize fundraising, this group of speakers is dedicated to making fundraising more accessible and straightforward and will undoubtedly be sharing some gems!

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