How to Raise Venture Capital

We launched the second program in our Entrepreneurial Education Series, “How to Raise Venture Capital,” on June 8th with our partner 1871. The event brought together world-class entrepreneurs and investors Al Goldstein (CEO, Avant), Rumi Morales (Executive Director, CME Ventures), Nick Solaro (Partner, Drive Capital), Adam Tilton (Founder & CEO,Rithmio), and Guy Turner (Managing Partner, Hyde…

Accelerate Your Investment Timeline

As an entrepreneur, you often have more control over investment timelines than you know in the early stages. You can drive the discussions and the timing by being prepared, anticipating commonly asked questions, and managing the investment process as professionally and strategically as you manage your business. Specifically, by actively preparing for a fundraise before…

How to Fund Your Early-Stage Startup

We launched the first program in our 2016 Entrepreneurial Education Series, “When to Raise Venture Capital or Bootstrap,” on March 3rd with our partner 1871. The event brought together powerhouse entrepreneurs and investors Bill Pescatello (Partner, Lightbank), Pam Netzky (Co-Founder, SkinnyPop), Kristi Ross (Co-CEO & President, dough), Katlin Smith (Founder & CEO, Simple Mills), and…

How to Seal a Venture Debt Deal

As the technology startup landscape has developed and transformed in the last two decades, so have the backers and investment vehicles behind it. From micro-VCs to equity crowdfunding, there are an abundance of funding options that either never existed before, or did in very different forms. Take venture debt. In the early 2000s, there were…

How to Read a Safe Term Sheet

As an entrepreneur seeking funding, you have a variety of term sheet options, including the safe (simple agreement for future equity). Originally created by Y Combinator as an alternative to convertible notes, the safe maintains the flexibility of a convertible note but addresses many of its problems. It does not collect interest or have a…

Understand Venture Debt

Entrepreneurs need capital to support their businesses, but they often think venture capital is the only way despite a number of other options. One of those options is venture debt, which startups can qualify for once they’ve raised a venture capital round. We spoke with Bailey Moore, Vice President of Wintrust Ventures, about how venture…

Understanding Your Term Sheet Options

Up until now, our ongoing term sheet series has focused on how to read an equity term sheet and a convertible debt term sheet. But before you learn to read term sheets, you need to know what your financing options are. Specially, as an entrepreneur, what kind of deal structure makes the most sense for your…