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Pre-Traction Fundraising: What Matters to Boston Seed-Stage Investors

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

Many founders feel they face a catch-22: they can't get traction without funding, and they can't get funding without traction. While often investors are looking for scrappier founders that don't let limited resources stop them, it's also true that there are some ideas that are simply too capital intensive to bring to market without funding. And as tech investment continues to boom, there are also a growing number of investors looking for the right opportunities to make earlier bets on promising startups, even if they're pre-revenue / pre-product.

But every professional investor does have some set of proof points that they're looking for -- in the market opportunity, in the product vision, in the founders themselves -- and understanding what those are is essential for founders looking to raise capital. We've put together a panel of Boston seed-stage investors who are willing to invest pre-traction if the opportunity is right, to learn from them what defines those opportunities.

If you're an idea or seed-stage founder thinking about fundraising, don't miss this opportunity to hear first-hand what investors are looking for.

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

Our Speakers:

Jean Hammond, Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator

Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high tech start-ups. She was honored with the highest award for angels in the US, the Hans Severiens Award in 2014. She was a founder of the Boston branch of Golden Seeds (focused on investing in women-managed businesses) and a member of Launchpad Venture Group and Hub Angels. She is serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the high-tech industry.

Rudina Seseri, Founder & Managing Partner at Glasswing Ventures

Rudina is a Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. In her prior role as Partner at Fairhaven Capital, she made investments in Artificial Intelligence powered solutions in enterprise SaaS, marketing and sales technologies and IoT/Robotics platforms. In addition to investing, Rudina helps her portfolio companies with strategic direction and growth strategy, building boards and executive teams, strategic partnerships and lead generation. Rudina serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School.

More speakers to be announced!

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.