Venture Capital Advice for Startups: Panel & Pitch Night

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For entrepreneurs considering the venture capital path for their startups, we know the road can be daunting: making the right connections, valuing your company, closing the deal and strategically planning a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders.

Join us for a panel discussion with founders and investors who will share their own insights from both sides of the table about securing early-stage funding.

We’re discussing:
- Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup
- Meeting the right people & building an investor funnel
- Valuing your company
- Deciding how much to raise
- Understanding common mistakes and pitfalls in fundraising
- Creating the right pitch
- Negotiating

Pitch Night
The panel discussion will be followed by a pitch session where 3 founders will give a 4-minute pitch about their company and then receive feedback from our panelists. Want to pitch? Apply here:

Winning pitches will be contacted by June 13th.

About the panelists
- Nisha Dua is a General Partner at BBG Ventures, which she co-founded with Susan Lyne in 2014. BBGV is an NYC-based seed fund investing in consumer tech start-ups with at least one female founder. BBGV invests across content, commerce, future of work and platforms and services for Gen Z. BBGV has invested in over 60 start-ups. Nisha has spent the last decade working in media, tech, strategy, and law. She was the General Manager of AOL’s millennial site, Cambio, which she re-launched as a site “for girls, #BUILTBYGIRLS” in partnership with Girls Who Code. She founded the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement which challenges young women to be part of the tech-enabled economy and recently launched the WAVE platform, which connects girls with professionals to help them build their first networks into tech.

- Sophie Bakalar is the Co-founder of Fable, a Venture Partner at Collaborative Fund and previously helped lead consumer brand investments for the Collab+Consumer Fund. She evaluated nearly 1,000 startups and invested in ten companies, including Daily Harvest, ByChloe, and Universal Standard. She’s been published and/or quoted in Fortune, TechCrunch, and the Economist, and was named a Top Consumer Dealmaker and Influencer by Forbes in 2016. Prior to working at Collab, Sophie co-founded di8it charts, where she oversaw product development and marketing while backpacking around the world.

- Mohamed Khalil is an Early Stage Investment Manager at Mastercard. He leads Mastercard’s fund investing in early-stage companies via Mastercard Start Path. Prior to joining Mastercard, Mohamed was a member of the ADP Corporate Strategy & Development organization, and earlier a part of the team building the Morgan Stanley Client Advisory Center, Morgan Stanley’s mass-affluent financial advisory model. Mohamed started his career as an engineer at Emerson Network Power.

- (Guest Moderator) Charlie O'Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn--where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of The Wing, Canary, Hungryroot, Ample Hills, Clubhouse, Imagen, and goTenna among others.

6:30 - Doors open
6:50 - 7:35 - Panel
7:45 - 8:20 - Pitches
8:20 - 9:00 - Networking