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Before the Pitch: Finding & Building Relationships with the Right Investors

  • CIC Boston 50 Milk Street, Lighthouse West, 20th fl Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

Raising the right amount of money with the right investors is critical to the health and growth of your business, yet investors are regularly barraged with requests for pitch meetings. How do you get your startup noticed through the noise?

This panel discussion will focus on the tactics and behaviors that will allow you to build strong relationships with potential investors, before it's time to pitch. Featuring a panel of people from both sides of the aisle, including serial entrepreneurs, local venture capitalists, and high-volume networkers, we'll unpack how to build authentic relationships with investors and how to evaluate their fit as a partner in your business.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our Speakers:

Payal Divakaran — Principal at .406 Ventures

Payal joined .406 in 2015 and focuses on healthcare IT and cloud infrastructure investing. Prior to .406, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston with $5.7B under management. She sourced and executed on deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, security and internet spaces.

Parul Singh — Principal at Founder Collective

Parul is a seed stage investor helping build companies in data, media, SaaS and consumer products. In her role, she meets and supports founders and helps select investments that Founder Collective makes. Investments include Blissfully, Mighteor, Crayon, Workjam, Embark Veterinary, MissionU, DeIce, Hawthorne and ShopShops.

Deb Kemper — Managing Director at Golden Seeds

Deb leads the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. She is also a member of Clean Energy Venture Group. Her investment focus is high growth companies in the clean tech, health care, and technology sectors.

More speakers to be announced soon!

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston will bring entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston's startup ecosystem.