Tue, Feb 25 | Silicon Valley Bank

Found(h)er Masterclass: Raising Money to Grow Your Business

Learn how all about raising money to grow your business. From angel investments to seed funding to Series A, learn what it means, when to do it, how to initiate fundraising and determine which approach is right for you.
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Time & Location

Feb 25, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Silicon Valley Bank, 1200 17th St 16th floor, Denver, CO 80202, USA

About The Event

Are you looking to raise money for your startup? Are you an artist or maker and thinking about ways to scale your business?  Are you dreaming about growing your business but feel so overwhelmed and don't know where to start from a funding perspective? Do you want a safe place to ask "stupid" questions about what fundraising means, how to do it, when is the right time?  Then this Found(h)er Masterclass is for you.

Join me, Keren, with amazing panelists Judy Zhu, CEO of MoneyGirls, Cindy Schatz, Senior Credit Officer for Silicon Valley Bank and Kate Shillo Beardsley, Managing Partner at Upslope Ventures.   Each of these women have a unique perspective as Judy is currently going through a pre-seed round of fundraising for her business, MoneyGirls, Kate is building a new fund for seed investments and Cindy specializes in series A and B investments.  You will learn about all the types of investment opportunities and better understand where to start and which is approach is right for you and your business.

Join us for this power lunch and get educated on the power of fundraising.  You don't need to feel limited just because fundraising may sound intimidating, scary or unattainable for you.  It is all about education.  

About Judy Zhu

Judy’s life’s mission is to accelerate the potential and ambitions of young women. She founded MoneyGirls to build a platform to help them navigate their financial futures and be the influential leaders they are poised to become. After working with countless female senior leaders who continue to lack confidence in their financial powers, she has an impatience to not only help close all gender gaps - in wage, STEM - but also obliterate the financial literacy gap. MoneyGirls understands what young women care about, arms them with knowledge, and is building digital tools and personal finance products to help them master all things money. 

Previously, Judy and Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei launched The Leadership Consortium, a company working with Fortune 100 companies to accelerate more senior women into the C-Suite. Prior to that, she oversaw fintech Business Development at Uber, building strategic partnerships with financial establishments and disrupters, and launching innovative products such as Uber's first consumer credit card and in-app payment experiences. She was also one of the few female leaders at Uber during a tumultuous crisis in culture and leadership. Judy was an early employee at diapers.com, leading the company from scale, growth to acquisition by Amazon. 

Judy regularly speaks about the intersection of leadership and gender across industries. She graduated from Harvard Business School, and remains on the alumni board.

About Cindy Schatz

Cindy Schatz is a Senior Relationship Manager in SVB’s Asset Based Lending Group, covering the Central United States. The Asset Based Lending Group focuses on providing customers creative working capital solutions primarily based on accounts receivable.

Prior to her role in the Asset Based Lending Schatz previously ran the Central Private Equity Services Group and was part of the Colorado lending team for SVB, focused on working with technology and life science companies.

Schatz earned her undergraduate degree focused on finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado where she was also part of the CU Women’s Tennis Team. Schatz is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kate Shillo Beardsley

Kate Shillo Beardsley is the Managing Partner of Upslope Ventures. Formerly known as Galvanize Ventures, Upslope Ventures is committed to investing in early-stage startups. Located in Denver, they look for startups throughout the country and currently have a hand in ten U.S. markets.

Having unknowingly entered venture capital in the late 2010s, Kate Shillo Beardsley has been instrumental in some major investments done in the late 2000s and early 2010s. She discusses her passion for early-stage investing and how the landscape has changed since she started.


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