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How to get seed funding for your startup?

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Day: 
Saturday, May 17th
Start Time: 
10:45 am
End Time: 
11:15 am

There have never been more options for early stage entrepreneurs to raise money to launch their companies. While the traditional venture capital firm has arguably moved upstream in what they are funding, the corporates angels, and seed funds are active and filling the gap. In addition, new models of raising money are available such as crowdfunding and AngelList. This session will discuss fundraising for startups, including what business models and sectors are being funded, and what qualities are investors looking for, as well as the process of how to go about fundraising today.

Speakers

Carol M. Sands

Carol M. Sands

Founder
Angels’ Forum

Carol Sands is the Founder of The Angels’ Forum (www.angelsforum.com) and the Managing General Partner of The Halo Funds (www.halofund.com). She has spent more than 30 years with investing, entrepreneurial, and/or large corporate institutions.

The Angels’...Read more

Dave McClure

Dave McClure

Founding Partner
500 Startups

Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish  enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire...Read more

Duncan Davidson

Duncan Davidson

Managing Director
Bullpen Capital

Duncan is a serial entrepreneur who most notably founded Covad Communications (the leading independent DSL provider, went public and reached a market value of $9B) and Sky Pilot Networks (developer of outdoor wireless mesh systems, acquired by Trillium in 2009 for connectivity to smart meters). He served as the SVP of Business Development at...Read more

Jean Kovacs

Jean Kovacs

President
Harvard Angels

Ms. Kovacs has over 30 years experience directing technology companies and a track record of using her strategic business skills and background to deliver exceptional results with growing enterprises.

Currently, Ms. Kovacs is President of the Northern California Chapter of HBS Alumni Angels, which provides a forum for Harvard alumni to...Read more

Moderator

Lesley Marincola

Lesley Marincola

Founder/CEO
Angaza Design

Lesley Marincola is the Founder and CEO of Angaza Design, a provider of cloud-based software and mobile technology that enables off-grid families in the developing world to pre-pay for clean energy in affordable amounts. A product designer (B.S.) and mechanical engineer (M.S.) from Stanford University, Lesley has also worked at Amazon (Lab126...Read more