There is a lot of expectation on fundraising in Silicon Valley. Much is taught on the art of mastering the perfect pitch but less on the mechanics of “why?” or even “should you?”. While investor pitching is an important part of confidence building and many entrepreneurs success, it is not the only path open to funding your company. In fact, working on the presentation is the LAST step in a rigorous journey of due diligence from you as an entrepreneur that begins with the question of how YOU define success? Once that critical insight is understood, the rest of the fundraising strategy is easy. So we invite you to join us as we help founders master their fundraising strategy based on end goal objectives and important parameters.
By the end of this hour you’ll walk away with a firm grounding on:
- Are you venture backable today?
- What alternative paths of fundraising should I consider?
- How long does it take to raise capital?
- Who are my target “investors” and how do I meet them?
- What happens after the term sheet and check are received?
The streets of Silicon Valley are littered with investor pitches and dozens of guidelines/best practices on what to prepare for pitching to investors. Before spending hours on deck revisions, let’s start by getting you on the right path with your fundraising goals. This practical guide will help you gain clarity on the right fundraising strategy for you based on your specific needs. We look forward to having you develop a successful fundraising strategy for you and your company by listening to this podcast.
Speaker: Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
As Executive Director, Ms. Corzine is be responsible for strategic and operational leadership and will work closely with the Entrepreneurial Center’s President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.
Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought-leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Ms. Corzine was previously a Partner at Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization, and was Executive Director at Financing Partners, where she was responsible for creating program curriculum for entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, including investor forums and workshops.
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