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Seed Round Fundraising Panel

Besides validating an idea with users and building a great product, most startups have to raise money to scale the business.

What are the most productive and effective ways of doing so? How can startups hit the right milestones to raise a seed round of investment successfully?

These are some of the questions we will be discussing with our group of panelists.


Andrew Ackerman - Managing Director, Dreamit Ventures

Successful serial entrepreneur, startup mentor, and occasional angel investor.

Andrew runs Dreamit's Edtech Accelerator and sees over 1000 startups each year, selecting fewer than 20 to work with. He works closely with partners (e.g., Penn State, Blackboard) to develop and execute on their strategies for sourcing external innovation and encouraging internal innovation.

Andrew is also a contributing writer for Fortune, AlleyWatch, The 74 Million, etc.

Tommy Nicholas - CEO, Alloy

Tommy is the co-founder of Alloy building the best identity verification APIs on the planet. He also helped build to 4 million users. UVA 2011.

Josh Kuzon, Principal, Reciprocal Ventures

Josh is focused on working with exceptional entrepreneurs pursuing ideas across payments, commerce, banking, lending, and financial management.

He is a seasoned FinTech industry professional with nearly a decade of experience working with companies of all sizes in the financial services ecosystem on strategy, partnerships, investments, and M&A. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Josh worked at Silicon Valley Bank where he managed the day-to-day operations of SVB’s and MasterCard’s joint FinTech startup accelerator, Commerce.Innovated., and led corporate development activities for SVB in the payments and broader FinTech space. Josh also worked at JPMorgan Chase in their Corporate Strategy and Development group where he focused on driving enterprise-wide strategy and innovation across the firm’s mobile, ecommerce, and payments related businesses. Josh dedicated much of his time at JPMC to pursuing partnerships and investments with innovative tech startups, most notably JPMC’s investments in Square (IPO) and GoPago (sold to Amazon). Josh started his career at First Annapolis, where he advised participants in payment-based sectors of the financial services industry on strategy, partnerships, and M&A.

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  • Tom G.

    If anyone took any photos, please send a copy to us. Either post directly to the Meetup or send them via email to [masked]. Thanks!

    9h ago

  • Tom G.

    Thank you everyone for attending and being engaged in the panel. I thought the discussion was lively and insightful. We'll be posting audio / video / blogs in the near future. If you enjoyed the meetup, please submit a "Group review." It helps to promote the Meetup and get more people involved. Thanks!

    9h ago

  • De Keyser L.

    Great Meetup, This is the second Meetup I attended from Startup Founders Panel, always very interesting panel members and really well organized. Highly recommend it!

    1 · 11h ago

    • Tom G.

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      9h ago

  • Ankala R.

    Thank you all. My own giveaway to this meet up friends is... Persistence. Just don't give up. Don't get misled (by friends mostly) and misfed (by wrong info). Startups are like rockets...they need more liquid propellants from VCs' for higher trajection. Good Luck.

    1 · 12h ago

  • Ankala R.

    Some of the takeaways from this panel are: enroll into a top accelerator program to get insights into the investor pitching and funding; pitch to 100 VCs' for seed and you might get at least one investor; have an MVP and 5 clients with some amount of traction for getting the initial seed amount.

    4 · Yesterday

  • Jared D.

    super helpful to better understand expectations of obtaining seed funding

    2 · Yesterday

  • Susy

    Tom, Great event this evening and excellent panel.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Alim S. G.

    Sad to miss tonight's event! I hope to hear stories.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Jake Nathan S.

    Very excited to be attending this event. See you all tonight!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Marcos B.

    Tom, will you still open the registration for the event?


    2 · May 30

    • Tom G.

      Hi Marcos, since attendance is limited, I open the RSVP's on the 13th. This reduces the amount of no-shows.

      June 1

  • Yehuda M.

    Hey I have a venue, email me for details [masked]

    1 · May 9

    • Tom G.

      Thank you, we found a venue, but I appreciate it!

      May 28

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