What are Funders Looking For in Strong Startups

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Startups need money. There are many different ways for a startup to raise money, but ultimately it all comes from funders, whether they are angel investors, venture capitalists, Kickstarter, or Aunt Ruthie. All potential funders are going to be looking for certain assurances that their money won’t be wasted, and that the company has a sufficient likelihood of achieving their goals. Different kinds of funders can have different requirements before they are willing to invest in your startup, and you want to put yourself in the best legal and business position to make the right impression on them. This class provides a moderated discussion with funders of startups who will share their experiences and help you ensure your startup has the foundation in place to attract the funders you want.

Explaining the essential idea Elements of a viable business plan Demonstrating usage Valuation of intellectual property and other assets Establishing targets The panel will include:

Brian Cohen

New York Angels Chairman. Brian is considered the father of science & technology strategic communications and founded Technology Solutions, Inc. in 1983 supporting startup technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment. Brian launched a next generation self-publishing PR news platform called Launch.it in May 2012 with the belief that all new products should be easy to discover, find and share. Brian is now writing a book for McGraw Hill on the creation of a new organizational product launch model. New York Angels has invested over $45 million in more than 70 early stage companies.

Ben Lin

Great Oaks Venture Capital Managing Partner and COO. Ben has been investing in startups at Great Oaks since 2006. Responsible for the sourcing, due diligence and investment management of GOVC portfolio companies, Ben also oversees the GOVC entrepreneur support facility. Ben started his career with the Global Investment Research division of Goldman Sachs and earned a BS Magna Cum Laude in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

Steve Brotman

Silicon Alley Venture Partners Managing Partner and Founder. Steve is an early stage venture capitalist with substantial experience in the nurturing of technology enabled and business information services companies, with a focus in the financial services, media, publishing, pharma and enterprise infrastructure spaces. Previously, he was a Managing Director of GSA Venture Partners, and co-founder and co-head of Greenhill SAVP. Prior to founding SAVP in 1998, Steve was the founder, CEO and Chairman of AdOne Classified Network, one of the nation's leading classified ad web sites which merged with Powerdz to become PowerOne Media.

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