Startup Funding Experts

Erik Bullen

Member / Investor at
Fundamentally, fundraising is selling, and there is an art and science to investor development just as there is to customer development. I've been on both sides of the table - raising and investing - and specialize in helping early-stage startups with their pitch, storytelling, and fundraising strategies with proven techniques from years of experience to more effectively convince investors to fund your business. Best way to get started? Book a pitch review for real-time feedback and coaching.

Anastasia Valentine

Vice President AI Technology Commercialization at
With 5 exits under my belt, I work with companies to provide them with advice and assistance on the best funding strategy, determine the best funding type and source, identifying the right partners and ensuring that your company is investment-ready.

Satwik Govindarajula

EIR / Growth Mentor at
Fundraising can be an incredibly tedious task while you're already busy scaling your startup. Having run multiple accelerators aimed towards Investment Readiness, I can leverage on my insights from various ecosystems to help you on your fundraising strategy, and lay out action steps for getting towards investment preparedness.

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Manish Balakrishnan

Founder at DSHG Sonic
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

“Erik really knows his stuff and gave me some potential solutions for structuring future deals with my (early-stage) startup clients. I also left the session with a handful of resources and a framework that I can use in the future. Overall, the best 30 minutes spent.”

reviewed by
Carsten
Founder at Designbuffs
Mentor Erik Bullen

“Satwik is very knowledgeable about Tech and fundraising. He gave me very succinct advice and promised to give follow up feedback on my pitch deck. I’d recommend him to anyone currently working for VC or Impact fundraising.”

reviewed by
Andrew Ameda
Founder at veritasvision.org
Mentor Satwik Govindarajula

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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.

Common Use Cases

Founder Life

You’re a solo founder and are lonely without anyone to talk to about your business issues

MindsetSolo Founders

If you’re a solo founder it can get pretty lonely without someone to bounce ideas off of. Not anymore when you have access to friendly growth mentors!

Founder Life

How long to bootstrap for before you should look for funding

BootstrappingFundingSolo Founders

Looking for funding takes a lot of concentration and time. Consequently, your ability to focus on your core business suffers. And when you’re at an early stage, you need to be on your A game. 

Founder Life

Get help with validating your startup idea so you don’t build something nobody wants

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Having someone that can challenge your assumptions will help you develop your ideas. This is key in evaluating your business idea and more importantly to build a foundation that makes going from concept to action more feasible.

Founder Life

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MindsetPrioritizationValidation

If you’re simply not sure what to do next then why not get a second opinion?

Founder Life

How to launch an MVP that’s lean but also good enough to make a solid first impression

BootstrappingProduct LaunchProduct Management

If you’re a non-technical founder, talking to a startup mentor with a strong technical background can help save you a boatload of money and time.

Go-to-market strategy

What’s the best “starter” acquisition channel for bootstrapped startups?

BootstrappingLead GenerationProduct Launch

The first acquisition channel we recommend bootstrapped startups experiment with is almost always outbound sales.

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Frequently asked questions

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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.

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.

Get feedback on your pitch, including structure, content, design, storytelling, and messaging to investors

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.

Got an offer on paper?

Congratulations!

It’s an amazing feeling, but don’t let the euphoria of the moment cloud your judgment.

Talk through the details of your funding vehicle (e.g. convertible notes / SAFEs etc.) with an unbiased VC and get the 3rd party feedback you need to confidently put your signature on the dotted line.

We have a very detailed filter system for you to sort the mentors.  Filters like areas of expertise, tools, language, price and industry.

Members can also post a help request and have mentors apply to help if they feel they are a good fit.

Then the third option is to just ask us!  Give it a try right now and ask us on live chat 🙂

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It is a good idea to connect with the other person once the session is accepted and the details are given. This ensures that the correct details were given and when it is time to start, you can start on time.

Here are some tips on how to get the maximum bang for your time on growth mentor calls.

  • Come into this with realistic expectations. They’re mentors, not magicians.
  • Ask your mentor if they’d be cool with you recording your screen with Loom
  • Give contextual information to help paint the picture of your current situation.
  • Growth mentors will be asking you lots of questions, answer them as honest as possible.
  • Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of question asking. Be inquisitive. Stories are gold.
  • Don’t feel pressure, just relax. There’s no right/wrong way to do this. Avoid binary thinking.
  • Try to form mental patterns, especially if you speak with multiple mentors. Pay attention to metadata.
  • Embrace alternative views. Ask the mentors to play devil’s advocate and challenge your assumptions.
  • Be friendly and authentic. If you’re likable, the mentors will be your biggest supporters (even after the call is over).

Yup!  Many of the mentors offer monthly coaching packages for members who want to really dive deep into a specific area.

Each mentor creates their own package so what they offer and the price vary from mentor to mentor.  You can find their coaching info at the top of their profile.

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