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Ready to connect with your peers interested in angel investing and VC funding? Grab your free ticket for Startup Boston Week 2024 on Sept 9th - 13th today! 

All sessions are available BOTH in-person at Suffolk University and virtually. 

FUND THE FUNDER: NAVIGATING CAPITAL SOURCING AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 

Perfect for: investors looking to raise their first fund or folks who are interested in launching a new fund

Raising capital for your firm requires careful planning and a strategic approach, especially in uncertain market conditions. We are diving into how you can source capital for your firm, both in certain and uncertain markets. 

 

Specifically answering your questions, like: 

 

  • What sources of capital traditionally exist for firms?

  • What should you do to prepare for your capital raise?

  • What advice can those writing the checks offer to differentiate your pitch?

  • How do you land your anchor investor?

  • How much do references or past history matter today in securing new lines of funding?

INSIDE AN INVESTOR'S MIND: EVALUATING STARTUPS AND NAVIGATING DUE DILIGENCE

Perfect for: aspiring institutional or angel investors who want more practice with due diligence, vetting early stage startups and growing into becoming an established and enviable brand, along with entrepreneurs raising funds or wanting a more “inside look” into processes, risk and decision-making by investors

Evaluating startups requires a comprehensive framework and diligent due diligence processes. Here we are equipping you to revisit and refine your business plan, navigate growth decisions, and manage investor relationships effectively. 

 

Specifically diving into: 

 

  • Frameworks used to evaluate startups and how they have evolved over time to adapt to changing market dynamics

  • Common types of due diligence and how they vary based on the company’s stage, including key areas of focus and potential red flags

  • Typical reasons why startups fail their due diligence and at which step in the process companies often face challenges

CORPORATE VENTURE IS THE NEW R&D: EXPLORING CORPORATE FUNDING AND INNOVATION STRATEGIES 

Perfect for: intrapreneurs, aspiring corporate investors and corporate strategists making the case to launch a fund

Corporate accelerators, venture capital, and innovation strategies play a crucial role in shaping the startup ecosystem and driving corporate growth. Join us to explore the dynamic intersection of corporate funding, innovation, and startup success, specifically including: 

 

  • Distinguishing the differences between corporate accelerators, corporate venture capital (CVC), venture studios, and traditional startup accelerators and incubators

  • Strategies for breaking into a career in corporate funding

  • The landscape of corporate funds in New England

  • -How corporate innovation strategies, including CVC and venture arms, accelerate success for parent companies and founders

  • When it's the right time for a company to establish a venture arm.

INVESTOR SHOWDOWN: BALANCING TRADITIONAL AND ESG INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 

Perfect for: investors (and anyone else) who is interested in a riveting debate who is interested in learning more about both investing strategies

The ongoing debate between traditional investment strategies and ESG investing highlights the importance of considering ethical and sustainability criteria in investment decisions. This session will explore the merits of each approach, including their impact on risk mitigation, long-term sustainability, market performance, and alignment with investor values, with a focus on returns.

 

In this debate, we’re excited to see both sides of the coin on highly-debated statements, such as: 

 

  • ESG investing consistently outperforms traditional investing approaches

  • Traditional investment strategies prioritize financial returns above all else

  • EST investment will provide more long-term benefits than transition investment 

  • And so much more is to be debated! 

GETTING SOCIAL: THINKING ABOUT IMPACT IN INVESTING 

Perfect for: angel investors and people curious about the growing field of impact investing

Impact investing sets itself apart by prioritizing both positive social and environmental outcomes alongside financial returns. We are diving into the nuances of impact investing, including its various strategies, the expanding market demand, and resources available to support impact-oriented strategies.

 

We’ll answer your questions, such as: 

 

  • How is impact investing different from other kinds of investing? 

  • What is the market for Impact Investing? 

  • How do you incorporate “impact” criteria into your current thesis or investment decisions? 

  • Who and what are some top resources to help structure your fund in the best way for your impact-oriented strategy and financial needs?

  • Put your learning to the test with a case study covered in group discussions

 

By the end of this session, you will have a deeper understanding of impact investing, its market dynamics, and available resources for structuring impact-oriented funds. 

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Startup Boston Week is where the whole startup community gathers - all industries, all startup departments and all bootstrapped and funding stages to gather.

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Meet Anum Valliani! Anum is our Investor Track Lead for Startup Boston Week 2024. This is her fourth year on the Startup Boston Organizing Team.

 

Some fun facts about her: the fictional place they'd most like to visit is Velaris or Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Look them up and connect with them on LinkedIn.

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