Successful Fundraising Strategies for Startups

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 PM UTC

During this presentation, Fundraising Specialist, Lars Vestergaard & JD Weinstein walk founders through the practical steps on strategies and a framework for developing your fundraising pipeline, how to target the right-fit early-stage investors, and tactical action plans to convert new investors.

About this event

Fundraising is a numbers game, and many successful entrepreneurs will tell you, ‘all it takes is one “yes” to change the trajectory of your company’. In this meeting we’ll discuss the following:

- Issues and challenges faced by startups when seeking funding – from sustainability to management buyout.

- We’ll examine strategies and a framework for developing your fundraising pipeline

- How to target the right-fit early-stage investors

- Tactical action plans to convert new investors

Our speaker Lars Vestergaard leads Market Connect of Oracle for Startups in EMEA. Oracle for Startups serves startups worldwide by enabling next-generation growth, business development, and driving cloud-based innovation for startups, our customers, and Oracle – Market Connect introduces startups to Oracle Customers.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2015, Vestergaard worked in related IT, Telecom and Market Research roles of which 11 years were with IDC in London where he led all Mobile communication research in EMEA. He launched the enterprise mobility practice for IDC in 2000 and grew that practice to be a recognized authority worldwide as keynote speaker, investment banking advisor, vendor and telco strategy advisor as well as author of technology white papers. In addition to his corporate work he was Managing Director for a telco software scaleup that got acquired by Spirent Plc and as sales and business development executive for a security software scaleup that got acquired by WMWare Inc.

JD Weinstein leads Oracle’s VC Practice and helps venture-backed startups scale through Oracle’s rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, & global customer network. He previously served as Principal of WPP Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund for WPP, the world's largest marketing communications company. He focused on venture investments in tech-enabled companies in MarTech, big data & market intelligence, RetailTech, AdTech, and content. Prior to WPP, JD worked with Capital Factory as a Venture Associate, where he was responsible for deal sourcing & due diligence for the CF Accelerator & venture fund. Prior to Capital Factory, JD worked with the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic market-driven venture fund for the University of Texas System. JD received his BS in Political Communication and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the startup ecosystem, JD is a certified paddleboard yoga instructor and diehard Texas Longhorn Basketball fan!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM UTC


4:00 PMConnecting
4:10 PMPresentation
4:40 PMQ&A
5:15 PMClosing Traditions


  • Beatrice Del Col Balletto

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Niccolò Perron

    Chapter Co-Director

  • Federica Kulka

    Startup Grind

    Head of Events & Partnerships

  • Flavio Comignano

    StartupGrind Università Cattolica

    Head of Communication & Social Media

  • Enia Agaj

    Team Member

  • Andrea Pescarollo

    StartUp Grind

    Team Member

  • Martina Casiroli

    Startup Grind

    Team Member

  • Fabio Erbifori

    Team Eventi & Partnership

    Team Member

  • Camilla Gianoli

    Team Member

  • Gabriele Casi

    Team Member

  • Marianna Pia Taormina

    Team Member

  • Andrea Roberto Bifulco

    Startup Grind