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The Art and Science of Fundraising: A Panel Discussion with VCs and Venture-Backed Founders

  • 11/29/2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Juno Capital - 1217 Sansom St, Floor 6, Philadelphia, PA 19107


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Join us at Juno Capital for The Art and Science of Fundraising: A Panel Discussion with VCs and Venture-Backed Founders

Learn from Philadelphia based Venture Capitalist and Venture backed founders on how to be ready to engage with venture investors of tomorrow. The panelists will discuss:

  • Investor profiles – when they invest and what they look for in prospective portfolio companies
  • How to raise equity investment from seed, series A and beyond
  • When to approach and engage with venture investors
  • Fundraising strategies – how much to raise and when to raise
  • The Pitch Deck and what to include and not include
  • Talent and governance
  • Investment terms
  • And much more!

Meet the Speakers: 

Ted Mann is the co-founder and CEO of Card Dealer Pro and CollX, the first app for collectors to scan, value, and sell trading cards. Prior to CollX, Ted founded two prior visual search companies, Slyce and SnipSnap, which were acquired in 2021 and 2015, respectively. Ted also co-founded Partium, which powers spare-part identification.

Holly is Managing Director of Gabriel Investments, where she has been responsible for sourcing and leading investments, diligence efforts and portfolio management for the past decade. Before Gabriel, Holly spent over 20 years in financial services and held various leadership positions in sales and business development for industry leaders such as Barclays and MBNA America (now Bank of America). She is an Independent Trustee for FS Investments’ Credit Income Fund and she is a member of the Circle of Aunts and Uncles Investment Group, providing low-interest loans and social capital to under-resourced community-focused entrepreneurs. Holly holds a BA and MBA from the University of Delaware.

Omar is an experienced venture capital and private equity investor, entrepreneur, and business accelerator founder and CEO. In his role with Ben Franklin, Omar is responsible for sourcing deals, managing due diligence, negotiating deal terms, and serving as a board observer and portfolio manager. During his tenure at Ben Franklin and in investment roles prior, he has led over 30 seed to Series A equity and convertible debt investments across the ecommerce, digital media, Ed-Tech, wearable technology, Finetch, Blockchain, and healthcare IT sectors including Practice (acquired by Instructure), Ridekleen (Acquired by COX Automotive), Snip Snap (acquired by Slyce), and Clarity Payment Systems (Acquired by TYSYS). He has also led Ben Franklin fund to fund investments in partner accelerator programs such as the UPENN based EDSI ED-Tech accelerator program, the Philadelphia Media Network (Philadelphia Inquirer) Project Liberty Incubator, and the DreamIT Ventures Accelerator.

Prior to his role at Ben Franklin, Omar was an analyst in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and was the founding CEO of the US Market Access Center, which is a Silicon Valley based accelerator for international companies looking to establish a presence in Silicon Valley. The US Market Access Center is a partner with Stanford University and San Jose State University and has launched several successful companies including Daintree Networks (Acquired by GE), Heptagon Inc (Acquired by AMS), Codenomicon (acquired by Synopsis), Edgeware TV, and Innolume.

Omar has a BA with honors from Swarthmore College, an MA from Stanford University, has completed the Executive Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, and completed a doctorate in business administration (DBA) from the International School of Management with a focus in finance, and has been an adjunct professor in the Management and Information Systems department at Temple University.

Adit Gupta is co-founder & CEO of Lula Convenience, a vertical SaaS platform for retail locations such as convenience stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, and more. Lula is a leading solution for retailers to connect their stores to every e-commerce site (i.e., Uber Eats, Doordash, Grubhub and more) with one simple integration - used by retailers across 44 states within the US. Prior to Lula, Adit was a Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University, researching cutting edge AI solutions for use within educational systems for student learning gains. Adit's a South Jersey native, with hobbies including playing/coaching tennis, hiking, and traveling. 

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