Raising Capital

How to Raise Funds as a Startup Founder with Al Bsharah and the REC Innovation Lab

Al gave a talk about raising funds to a group of founders with a presentation and an engaging Q+A that covered a wide variety of topics.

A couple of weeks ago Al was honored that REC Innovation Lab asked him to share some of his fundraising tips and tricks that he's learned over many years of being a startup founder. This was about 30 minutes of presentation and 40 minutes of very engaging Q+A from the audience.

Presentation topics Included:
  • Are you ready to raise capital for your startup?
  • What it takes to raise capital.
  • Network, Dedication, Momentum.
  • Building your network, asking for advice, date when you’re not raising.
  • Build measurable momentum, hypothesize your theories and test them, create a formula for success.
  • Be hyper-organized, run a process.
  • Prepare your tools, research targets.
  • Read up, be smart, get in the right mindset.
  • Building your deck, telling your story.
  • Show me, don't tell me.
  • Learn the language of your audience (VC).
  • Providing meaningful updates
  • Raise money and get back to work!

Q+A topics Included:
  • Different angles to tell your story from.
  • Hitting them in the heard vs. the head with your pitch.
  • Different types of paperwork (SAFE, Convertible Debt, equity, etc).
  • What to put into monthly updates.
  • How to build a list of potential investors.
  • How to on-board and provide equity to advisors.
  • Raising capital that includes a major facility acquisition early stage.
  • How to build partnerships.
  • Is showing emotion during story telling OK?
  • Sharktank vs. reality, should you hold off on talking to investors if you don't check enough boxes?
  • Sharing your idea broadly vs. keeping things under wraps.
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP) vs. Minimum Sellable Product (MSP).
  • Is equity crowdfunding a viable option, or looked down upon?

The REC Innovation Lab is a community business incubator dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to helping founders solve problems by launching high-growth startups.

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