SWG Fundraising Masterclass: from Thinking to Acting
Most startups will almost certainly have to raise money. The amount of money needed to take a startup to profitability is usually well beyond the ability of founders and their friends and family to finance. The good news is that there are lots of investors hoping to give the right startup money. The bad news is that fundraising is brutal. The process of raising that money is often long, arduous, complex, and ego deflating. Nevertheless, it is a path almost all companies and founders must walk.
This workshop is a guide to fundraising. We will start from the fundamentals – aligning founder goals with company goals and understanding how capital can help you reach them. We will review the different sources of funding, identify how to choose the right investor and understand their expectations. We will explain how to prepare for the fundraising process, how to move fast during the process, how to negotiate with investors and close rounds. We will touch upon the most pressing questions for founders, such as how much capital do you actually need and when, how to determine your valuation and how to choose the best investor.
ABOUT JONĖ VAITULEVIČIŪTĖ
Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė is a Partner at Startup Wise Guys. Jonė has over 9 years of experience working directly with early stage companies both in consulting and as an investment fund manager. She has been helping them to evaluate market and tech potential, do market validation, setup initial sales and build the team. She is experienced in securing funding for startups and is currently managing a pre-seed and seed fund that invests into early stage startups.
ABOUT MARIJUS ANDRIJAUSKAS
Marijus is an entrepreneur, analytical and creative thinker, technologist. He’s a team-oriented leader with over 15 years’ experience spanning company management, strategy, sales, marketing, business development and operations for software markets and technologies. Currently, as a Portfolio Principal at Startup Wise Guys, he manages 200+ VC portfolio startups. He’s always in the process of fundraising, startup and VCs relations, traction and daily life challenges founders meet. Strategy, pitch decks, investor decks, fundraising, business plans are the key areas he advises as a mentor over the program.