Weekly Funding Roundup: Feb 2, 2018

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Spring Activator Weekly Idea Roundup
Hi everyone, here’s the latest installment of my Funding Roundup.
1. Funds and investors leading in diversity
2. A global movement of funding and startups in Africa
3. Practical advice post-round
4. A pitch opportunity for CleanTech Companies at the Globe 2018 Conference.

1. Diversity, and accountability, in VC Funds

I had the opportunity to pitch Theresa Gouw 10 years ago while she was at Accel. She was sharp, fair, and direct, and she left a lasting impression on me. Fast forward to 2018, and she continues to be a tour de force with Aspect Ventures at a time when the industry needs strong leadership more than ever.

2. The global movement for funds and startups: Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is quickly becoming one of the most exciting startup regions, and that includes accelerated investment support for the area.

3. Practical advice once you raise your round

Here’s a great, and timeless, piece on making the most of your raised round

4. Calling all Vancouver CleanTech Companies to pitch at the Globe Conference

Vancouver Economic Commission, NRC, and Spring are partnering to help a select group of Vancouver companies prepare to pitch in front of a room of investors at the upcoming Globe Conference in March. Applications are due February 4th, details here.

Virtual Workshop: Funding101 – Understanding How To Raise Capital From Investors And Alternative Options

Enter the world of capital raising and enhance your understanding of the tools, resources, and process of raising growth capital for your business. Spring has mentored countless startups through capital raising, and we’ll showcase tips and tricks on how to be strategic in your investment-seeking process.

Key topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Process and stages of fundraising
  • Types of investors: friends & family, angels, venture capital, debt
  • Key types of investment: equity, convertible debt and non-dilutive funding sources
  • Tips on getting investor ready
  • Pitching
Keith Ippel - CEO & Founder of Spring

Keith Ippel, CEO and Co-Founder @ Spring

With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology-centric businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20m in angel investment and venture capital. He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver amazing products to the market. Keith is passionate about creating opportunities that previously did not exist for people and co-founded Spring to bring that into the social venture space.

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