Learn how to fund your startup without a VC or Angel from BJ Lackland, CEO Lighter Capital

Aug 28, 2019, 12:30 – 2:30 AM

Create 33, 999 3rd Ave, 33 Floor, seattle, 98104

BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital, is an expert with alternative methods of finance for Startups. Lighter Capital has developed an entrepreneur-friendly funding model and provided over 600 rounds of financing to startups. BJ has learned about alternative ways to finance a startup from an operator, investor and financing expert. He will be sharing all he has learned in the last 20 years.

In-person event

About this event


Lighter Capital is a fintech company that has raised $26 million in venture capital and $120 million in capital to fund startups. It has been on the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies in the US for four consecutive years. Lighter is revolutionizing startup finance by offering a new funding path for early-stage tech companies. An entrepreneur’s two greatest constraints are time and money, and Lighter has developed technology to fund companies quickly and easily, providing up to $3 million per company in a fraction of the time it typically takes to raise funding. Startups typically need to raise millions of dollars from VCs to qualify for loans and lines of credit, but with Lighter Capital they can get financing without selling equity to VCs.

BJ has spent more than 20 years on both sides of the table of small business financing, including time as a VC and angel investor, the CFO of a public technology company, and an executive at startup technology companies. BJ received an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, an MA in International Studies (China Studies) from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

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  • BJ Lackland

    Lighter Capital




Wednesday, August 28, 2019
12:30 AM – 2:30 AM UTC


Networking and Food
Fireside Chat


  • Mike Grabham

    Esidarap Inc



  • Robert Green


    Seattle Director

  • Mike Grabham

    Esidarap inc

    Co Director

  • Shawn McGaff


    Co Director

  • Eduardo Altamirano


  • Julie Zhu


  • Robert Green

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

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