Techstars Foundercon 2020 Techstars Foundercon 2020

Fundraising

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

- MDT
Raising Your Series A Virtually: Lessons Learned from COVID Roadshows
Clem Cazalot
Clem Cazalot
Techstars, Managing Director - Boston
Helen Adeosun
Helen Adeosun
CareAcademy, CEO and President, Co-Founder - Techstars Boston 2017
Dan DeMers
Dan DeMers
Cinchy, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Toronto 2018
Ty Harris
Ty Harris
Openly, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2018
Mike Nugent
Mike Nugent
Founder & General Partner, Vestigo Ventures - BISON, Cofounder - Techstars Boston 2011

Fundraising your Series A round is hard, requires prep and benchmarking of the market, and COVID can make it even more tricky. In this panel, we will be sharing practical tips from alumni having closed their Series A during COVID.

- MDT
Invitation to Founders: Holding the VC Community Accountable to Funding More Diverse Entrepreneurs
Kristen Sonday
Kristen Sonday
Paladin, Co-Founder and COO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Stella Ashaolu
Stella Ashaolu
WeSolv, Founder and CEO - Techstars Seattle 2018
Ablorde Ashigbi
Ablorde Ashigbi
4Degrees, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper
Rheaply, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2018
Neal Sales-Griffin
Neal Sales-Griffin
Techstars, Managing Director - Chicago

A few Black and Latinx Techstars Alumni are building a public coalition of founders to hold the VC community accountable to funding more diverse entrepreneurs in light of the conversation around racial inequity. Join the conversation to learn more about how to take action against racism and be a part of this movement.

- MDT
Real Talk: Investor-Founder-Mentor Relationships
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
Soona Studios, Co-Founder and CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Jackie Ros Amable
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015
Bryan Birsic
Bryan Birsic
FundBoard, Co-founder & CEO

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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- MDT
Fundraising as a Black Founder
Gabby Cazeau
Gabby Cazeau
Harlem Capital Partners, Senior Associate
Sydney Sykes
Sydney Sykes
BLCK VC, Co-founder & Investor
Obi Omile
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
David Potter
David Potter
Curu, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Daricus Releford
Daricus Releford
StoreCash, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Ethan Austin
Ethan Austin
Techstars, Managing Director - Western Union Accelerator

Stories and discussion from Black Founders and CEOs on what it takes to raise capital as a black founder in a system that is stacked against you.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

- MDT
Raising Capital in Uncertain Times
Jenny Fielding
Jenny Fielding
Techstars, Managing Director - New York City
Kim Stiefel
Kim Stiefel
REPEAT, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
Char Hu
Char Hu
The Helper Bees, CEO
Christina Ross
Christina Ross
Cube, Founder & CEO- Techstars NYC 2019

Given the current pandemic and looming recession, what have been some of the best approaches to raising capital during volatile times? Hear from Techstars founders on what's working right now.

- MDT
Startup Mergers & Acquisitions
Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy
Techstars, VP, Corporate Development
Austin Evarts
Austin Evarts
Techstars Chapters - NYC
Anya Babbitt
Anya Babbitt
SPLT, Founder - Techstars Mobility 2015
Rod Robinson
Rod Robinson
Coupa Software

Are you thinking about an exit in the next 12-24 months? Perhaps you want to create more strategic opportunities for your business and options for the future. Through a conversation that will cover standard strategic deal workflows and stories from founders who have successfully navigated an exit, learn how to prepare, where to begin, and what to avoid.