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Finding the first dollars for your business and accelerating your growth can be frightening and tough. How do you bridge the valley of death? Should you ask your family and friends? How early do you want to get investors on board? Who are the right investors?
This Startup Grind event will be a special debate on raising capital. The investors Jay Rhind (Vancouver Funder Fund) and Peter-Paul Van Hoeken (FrontFundr) will discuss their views on various funding models, the Vancouver investment scene, qualities they look for in an entrepreneur, and how to successfully raise your first capital for sustained growth.
Vancouver Founder Fund ("VFF") was built by founders, for founders. They've been on the other side of the table through their various entrepreneurial ventures and appreciate the importance of funder and founder alignment. They look to invest in Seed-stage companies where they can add value in addition to a capital injection. FrontFundr uses a crowd funding-like model and provides a platform for small and large investors to invest in back-checked companies. Entrepreneurs profit from a large pool of investors and can raise capital quickly using FrontFundr's platform.
Join us if you want to learn more about the capital raising opportunities you have, especially right here in Vancouver! Build new relationships with founders and funders, and listen to their experiences! This event is for everyone who actively seeks investors or just wants to better understand how to fund raise like a pro.
As a special guest we will have Chin Hing Chang, Head of Growth at Spring! He will give a short overview of the opportunities at Spring. Spring is a startup school for entrepreneurs who want to build a better business. Unlike traditional resources, Spring provides action-oriented training and exceptional support that's backed by a global community.
Peter-Paul has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management, and business consultancy. He's held multiple senior management positions with global banks including ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in the areas of corporate strategy, commercial and investment banking.
Upon relocating with his family to Canada in 2010, Peter-Paul worked as a consultant for several early stage companies and experienced the challenges that they face in attracting capital. He realized that venture financing was not leveraging technology and in 2013, Peter-Paul founded FrontFundr to address this challenge and take on the opportunity to create the New Capital Market, online and accessible to everyone. Peter-Paul also serves as a Director on the National Board of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and an Advisor of the National CrowdFunding Association Canada (NCFA). Peter-Paul holds a Master of Science in business economics and finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
Entrepreneur (failed 2x), reformed investment banker, associate professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business and Scuba-diving instructor, Jay brings a pragmatic and analytical approach to Vancouver Founder Fund ("VFF"). Jay serves as a Principal at VFF and is responsible for deal sourcing, new company due diligence, LP communications and is a member of the investment committee.
He is a Board Observer at Beanworks - a cloud-based, accounts payable automation solution that helps companies streamline their invoice-to-payment strategies - as well as Tutela, a telecommunications startup that collects and analyses anonymous mobile network coverage and experience statistics from millions of mobile devices to inform the mobile industry and improve the world's mobile internet.
Jay has a BSc from Queen's University and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business. In his spare time, he is an active spear fisher (for real), skier, and tennis player.