september, 2019

11sep6:30 pm9:00 pmVenture Capital Advice for Startups: Panel and Pitch Night


Event Details

For entrepreneurs considering the venture capital path for their startups, we know the road can be daunting. For most of us, we’re having to build a brand new skillset when the stakes couldn’t be higher.

How do we time our raise? What’s the right valuation? And what’s the best way to build conversations and relationships without being too explicit about plans to raise? Which VCs will be a good fit given stage, industry, model and personality? What matters to each of the investors we’re pitching to? What terms make sense? How do we close a round with multiple investors? And how do we strategically plan a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders?

Join us for a panel discussion with investors who will share their insights about securing early-stage funding.

We’re discussing:

  • Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup
  • Meeting the right people & building an investor funnel
  • Valuing your company
  • Deciding how much to raise
  • Understanding common mistakes and pitfalls in fundraising
  • Creating the right pitch
  • Negotiating

Pitch Night

The panel will be followed by a pitch session where 3 founders will give a 4-minute pitch about their company and then receive feedback from our panelists. Want to pitch? Apply here.

Deadline to apply is September 4th. Winning pitches will be contacted by September 6th.

About the panelists

  • Jenny Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars and General Partner at The Fund – Jenny Fielding is the Managing Director of Techstars New York where she leads the program. She is also the founder and General Partner at The Fund, a first check fund investing exclusively in New York based companies. Her portfolio includes more than 110+ tech enabled companies. Previously, Jenny headed up Corporate Venture and Digital Innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has also started several tech companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2009. Jenny began her career as a lawyer, spent time at JP Morgan and is a graduate of Columbia University where she is an Adjunct Professor.
  • Brian Harwitt, Vice President at CoVenture – Brian is a Principal on CoVenture’s Credit Opportunities business, where he has invested in the equity and debt of fintech companies for the past three years. Prior to working at CoVenture, Brian was in the Investment Banking Division of Guggenheim Partners, focusing on Healthcare Life Sciences M&A. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell studying Finance and East Asian Studies.
  • Charlie O’Donnell, Founder & Managing Partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures – Charlie O’Donnell has been an active member of the NYC startup community for over 15 years, with a reputation of being the most accessible early stage investor in New York. After being hired as the first analyst at Union Square Ventures and helping to open First Round Capital’s first NYC office, he founded Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in 2012. Brooklyn Bridge Ventures has made over 60 investments since it was founded, making it one of the most active funds investing in pre-seed and seed rounds in the city. It often leads or co-leads, investing in a wide variety of startups founded by a diverse pool of founders including The Wing, Petal, Clubhouse, Hungryroot, Ample Hills Creamery, Canary, goTenna and Imagen, among others. The fund was the first to be launched in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. He competes in triathlons, bikes to work, and founded the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse–a free kayaking program on the East River.


6:30: Doors open
6:50 – 7:35: Panel
7:45 – 8:20: Pitches
8:20 – 9:00: Networking


(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Alley Chelsea

119 West 24th Street, 2nd Floor