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David Henzel

Change Agent

David Henzel

Change Agent

In the last 20 years, I have bootstrapped and sold several businesses. The best advice I can give you is in relation to building remote teams, company culture, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) and Marketing Strategy.

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Scott Jens

Founding Entrepreneur, CEO, and Visionary

$100.00/h

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Scott Jens

Founding Entrepreneur, CEO, and Visionary

With experience of "pushing in all of my chips" to start three businesses, to pushing up against distracted angel and venture funds, delivering funding advice is natural for me. The success of a company is often made by getting fundraising correct from day one.

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Julien Meyer

Startup & VC Expert w/ MBA

$150.00/h

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Julien Meyer

Startup & VC Expert w/ MBA

I helped startups raise over $10mm in early stage funding in 2017 alone. This is what I specialize in. I am also the author of First Money In, a book which helps entrepreneurs navigate their first fundraise. Whether you need help with your fundraise pricing / budget, initial fundraise advice / strategy, pitch deck creation or business plan enhancements I can help you on these.

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Jozef Wallis

Award Winning Company Builder - Sales/ Marketing/ Business Development -Growth

$100.00/h

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Jozef Wallis

Award Winning Company Builder - Sales/ Marketing/ Business Development -Growth

Raised funding for multiple businesses, broad experience of the funding landscape from Crowdfunding, ICO, Angel, VC, Private Equity, Debt Financing, grant harvesting and Familly Offices. Understanding if you need funding and then the right type of funding for your business is often the first challenge. I have also worked and advised on all the various legal, financial and promotional assets a company needs to access funding.

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Aazar Ali Shad

Sales Hustler and Growth Marketer - Helping founders to not make the same mistakes like I did!

$30.00/h

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Aazar Ali Shad

Sales Hustler and Growth Marketer - Helping founders to not make the same mistakes like I did!

I have a huge list of investors I met and learned from. Nobody was there for me to tell me how to exactly do it. I created my own list, templates and ways to reach investors. It involves: - Finding your ideal investor - Reaching out - Finding a good fit - Making a great pitch - Following up - Negotiating terms - Signing Hence, to advice you on funding. I can tell you, how to start from scratch and work with it. I am better able to advise you on Seed stage funding only.

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Manish Balakrishnan

Startup Growth Strategy

$65.00/h

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Manish Balakrishnan

Startup Growth Strategy

I have pitched and fundraised at my own startups to the tune of 650K in seed and angel rounds. For the past 3 years I have created pitch deck, pitched in competitions, pitched for VC, Angels and Family Offices for at least 8 of my startups I work with. We have raised on last count between 1.3 Million across these companies. - Getting the right Pitch - Finding the right set of investors - Competing at large conferences and pitch competitions - Finally closing the round, term sheets and cap tables

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Andy Reinaker

Innovation Growth Strategist and Adviser

$50.00/h

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Andy Reinaker

Innovation Growth Strategist and Adviser

Establishing and communicating traction can be crucial to finding the right source of funding for your business. Making the most of the current situation is an invaluable function of business at any development stage. I specialize in helping organizations forge a path forward by leveraging current resources in the context of the business environment.

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Frank M. Saviane

Growth Engineering Consultant

$69.00/h

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Frank M. Saviane

Growth Engineering Consultant

Building growth engines for digital and high-tech startups (with defensible, repeatable, sustainable and validated metrics) for companies to raise Bridge or Series A-B rounds. Have 5K+ investors in our database (Europe, Asia, LatAm) to reach out directly or with 2nd rank introductions.

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Foti Panagio

Founder at Growthmentor.io

$30.00/h

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Foti Panagio

Founder at Growthmentor.io

I'm a passionate full stack marketer with over a decade experience managing and coordinating distributed growth teams with a unique overlap into the world of InfraOps.

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Why talk to a startup funding expert?

If you can build and grow your startup without external funding, then kudos! Keep up the great work!

But for many startups the reality is that growth isn't possible without first raising a round of external funding.

  • Maybe your startup is super CAPEX intensive?
  • Maybe you've just validated your MVP and taking the next step will require hiring a team of expensive backend developers?
  • Maybe you've just hit product-market fit and are ready to invest heavily in growth marketing since you really don't want to lose your first mover advantage
  • Or maybe you're growing so ridiculously fast that you need the extra money to scale your hosting bill?

Whatever the reason, sometimes you need that cold hard cash to survive (and thrive).

When there's equity and big money on the line, just remember to tread with caution. Talk things through with experts that have years of experience dealing with startup funding issues first hand.

Popular Use Cases for Your Inspiration

If you are a founder and want to bring in a co-founder but aren't sure how much equity is fair to give

There's no faster way to ruin friendships than feuding over startup equity.

Being slopping with equity splits is usually the first major mistake most startup founders make. Equity nightmares can be avoided by using equity split calculators and frameworks. Talk through co-founder equity split scenarios with growth mentors that have years of experience with term sheets.

If you want feedback on how you're structuring your pitch to investors

Getting feedback on how you're structuring the talking points of your pitch is incredibly valuable, especially if you've never pitched to investors before.

Even experienced startuppers can benefit by rehearsing their pitch to battle-hardened startup funding mentors.

Many of the mentors on the platform are active investors and can tell you exactly what they like hearing when they are being pitched.

If you have a term sheet or offer that you want another VC to give a second opinion on

Got an offer on paper? Congratulations! It's an amazing feeling, but don't let the euphoria of the moment cloud your judgement.

Talk through the details with an unbiased VC and get the 3rd party feedback you need to confidently put your signature on the dotted line.

If you are not sure what valuation to set for your startup

There are dozens of methods to value your startup and differing opinions on how much of an art vs. a science it really is. Many first-time founders spend a lot of time on this topic. Too much time, really. Yes, it's important, but it's not the most important thing during fundraising. If you've got startup valuations on your mind, talk it through with mentors who can add some perspective to the topic.

If you have tax or legal questions

What country or state should you incorporate your startup in? Should you use an online service like LegalZoom? Should you make a simple LLC in the beginning and then switch to a C-Corp later, or should you just go for C-Corp from the get-go?

Instead of paying +$300/hour to a lawyer, just jump on a quick Skype call with a growth mentor and get feedback from real people who have gone through the same things you're going through today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I talk to a growth mentor about anything I want?

Yep. Talk about whatever you want. You can start the call talking about the story of your startup and then when you're ready, transition into the funding talking points. It's really up to you! We think conversations are more meaningful and effective if they're kept casual. There are no "rules." Just be comfortable and try and have some fun!

Do I have to prepare for the call in advance?

Great question. No, you don't have to, but the better prepared you are the more value you'll get out of the calls. Try and be ready with any data that you think would add value to the conversation. If you want to talk about your startup's valuation, it'd be super helpful to have your business KPIs handy and a solid idea of how to explain the total addressable market potential.

Do mentors set their own rates?

Yea, the mentors set their own rates. We encourage the growth mentors to charge "friendly" rates. We think that mentorship has value for both the mentor and the mentee. This is a safe space where you can get in contact with mentors that intimitely understand the challenges of outbound marketing and legitimately want to help. We believe that karma is a real thing and it's part of our brand's core values. We like to attract mentors that embody that, which is why you'll always find that a certain percentage of mentors are donating their time for free.

Can I hire a growth mentor to work for me on a project basis?

Many of the mentors on the platform are already working fulltime at other positions and are mentoring on the side for their own reasons. But there are also a number of mentors who are open for side-gigs. If you want to hire your mentor to do actionable work for you as opposed to simply consulting you, you are free to ask them. This is a personal matter between the two of you which does not concern Growthmentor as a platform.

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