Breaking the Series A Barrier: What Investors Look For

What do VCs look for when making Series A investments? Hosted in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank.

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About This Event

Fundraising is a full-time job on top of running a company. How will you raise the capital you need to catapult your company's growth?

In this panel discussion, experts will walk you through basic requirements a company needs for Series A venture capital investment and when you should start raising for your Series A.

We will also hear directly from VCs on what they look for when deciding to invest in a company, drawing upon their experience working with talented founders.

We'll have time for Q&A after each panel discussion and then 10 minutes at the end for breakout rooms and networking.

Date: Tuesday, October 12th

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PST

Location: Zoom

Meeting ID: TBA


Introductions: Andy Wilson, Executive Director, The Alliance for Southern California Innovation and Rob Freelen, Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management, Silicon Valley Bank

Panel 1: Breaking the Series A Barrier


  • Renee LaBran, Board Member, IdeaLab
  • Kenji Funahashi, Partner, Wilson Sonsini
  • Scott Brovsky, Director, EPIC SBDC
  • Moderator: DeMarcus Williams, Managing Director, Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank

Panel 2: Recent VC Deals


  • Anna Barber, Partner, M13
  • Jason Schoettler, Managing Partner, Calibrate Ventures
  • Jed Leidheiser, Partner, March Capital
  • Moderator: Rob Freelen, Head of VC Relationships, Silicon Valley Bank

10 Mins for Q&A

10 Mins for Breakout Sessions


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