Nearly all startup founders face the difficult challenges involved in finding ways to fund their businesses. Nowadays, founders navigate an increasingly complex landscape of funding options. What are those options? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Is it worthwhile to consider newer avenues such as crowdsourcing and initial coin offerings (ICOs)? In ICOs, what’s the difference between a utility token and a security token? And what’s the best way to approach a venture capital firm, an angel investor, or a bank?
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, we invite you to join Distillery and the Southern California Chapter of the German American Business Association (GABA) at Silicon Beach’s Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Digital Ventures for a panel presentation and networking event focused on answering exactly these funding-focused questions.
Who’ll be on the panel?
As a Gold Sponsor of the “Funding for Startups: Angel, Venture, Crowdfunding or ICOs” event, Distillery is excited to welcome an impressive slate of panelists, including:
Verizon Ventures Director Kristina Serafim, who focuses on working with tech startups in digital media, content, ad-tech, machine and deep learning, and AI
SAP.iO SVP and Managing Director and Techstar Accelerator mentor Ram Jambunathan, who focuses on nurturing the early-stage startup ecosystem
StartEngine Crowdfunding CEO and Co-Founder Howard Marks, who will share his expertise on crowdfunding and ICOs
AutoGravity CFO Lukas Wickart, who will share his experience leading $80M in fundraising efforts for the FinTech startup
GABA Vice Chair and Drake Star Partners Investment Banker Michael Metzger and GABA Chair of the Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital Industry Group and OneTraction Venture Partner Thomas Richter will welcome attendees and moderate the panel.
What’s the focus?
The panel will explore the range of funding options available to today’s startups, including traditional sources such as self-funding, friends and family, loan and convertible debt financing, angel investors, and venture capital as well as newer avenues like crowdsourcing and ICOs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other attendees, meet the panelists, and join an optional behind-the-scenes tour of BCG Digital Ventures’ 70,000-square-foot cutting-edge facility devoted to inventing, building, launching, and scaling new digital ventures.
What else do I need to know?
Well, we hope to see you there! For more details and to register, visit the registration page. The event schedule is as follows:
5:45pm: Optional tour of BCG Digital Ventures Manhattan Beach facility
6:30pm: Reception (complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served)
7:00pm: Panel program and Q&A
8:30pm: Networking and meeting the panelists
Why is Distillery involved?
Here at Distillery, we’re strongly committed to supporting our startup and enterprise clients with big-picture guidance that helps them drive sustainable business success. For example, we welcome you to check out our recent blogs on topics such as marketing for app launch, explainer videos for apps, effectively controlling project scope, crucial questions to answer before building an app, startup accelerator programs, and securing the right space for your startup. We genuinely care about doing what we can to help ensure our clients’ long-term success, and helping to sponsor this event is another opportunity that supports that goal. After all, our work doesn’t mean much if our clients don’t succeed!
Want to learn more about how we provide our clients with strategic, big-picture support that helps them grow, scale, and succeed? Let us know!
Millie is an experienced digital marketer focusing on building and driving growth. As Distillery’s Director of Marketing, she brings expertise in demand generation, marketing automation, lead management, and marketing and sales analytics. Since being an effective marketer is a complex process of understanding the people you’re marketing to, Millie’s love of marketing started with her anthropology studies at UCLA. She is passionate about continual learning, and in her free time, enjoys live music and finding LA’s best restaurants.