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Apr 15, 2021
Early Stage Fundraising AMA
Zoom Webinar

StartOUT's VC/Fundraising Programming Board Presents an "Ask Me Anything" discussion on early stage fundraising paneled by some of today's leading stars in the investment arena!

For a founder trying to raise funding, sometimes it seems like the whole process is just a knotted mess of confusion. Wouldn't it be nice to have a room full of qualified investors to simply answer your questions and help untangle the process? Come to StartOUT's Early Stage Fundraising AMA for just that opportunity.

We've assembled a group of today's leading investors who understand the value of diversity and inclusion and are willing to answer your most pressing questions. Questions will be answered during the event, no need to submit in advance, so bring them with you.


Kelli Jones, Managing Partner - Sixty8 Capital Lorenzo Thione, Managing Director - Gaingels Charlie O'Donnell, Founder/General Partner - Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Rei Tran, Investment Associate - Acceleprise


Jessica Bussert, Founder/CEO - Wave Therapeutics

StartOut, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors, on its online portal and through targeted events nationwide.

May 10, 2023
Hiring Startup Teams - Interactive Workshop for Founders and Hiring Teams of (esp. early stage) startup teams
Concourse Coffee

Topics we'll cover:

🙋🏿‍♂️ Values and Culture-Alignment

🔦 Find Startup-specific Talent

👩🏻‍🏫 Recruiting 101

👷🏾‍♀️ Building a Hiring Process

🕵🏻‍♂️ Scoping Needs + Roles

Hiring is often the hardest things leaders need to do. And is also the most critical as people are the most important and differentiating part of our companies.

We often hear "we want that startup-gene", or "the intangibles" and have built this workshop towards building out an understanding and concrete language for identifying these target ideal candidate profiles, esp. leaning into the soft skill and value/impact/motivation alignment match. As we all know, the only thing we know for sure in these early hires is that their role will change over the coming months - so we need to be sure we're not over indexing towards hard skills that won't be as important later.

This workshop will be interactive as participants feel comfortable, and the goal is to learn from the facilitating team (at Hustle Hunters), each other, and especially ourselves during this session.

In terms of what to expect - There will be a mix of knowledge sharing and best practices from the facilitating team, small group discussions, and self-reflection work.

Who should attend?:

Anyone who is hiring and building out a critical team within a startup (or scale-up) where the stakes are high, and so often the only thing we "know" is that everything in their role will change over the coming months. So we need to make sure we're defining and hiring folks with a builders and owners mentality, that are values-aligned with our organizations. Even if you've hired before - we'll dig into your unique organization's values and needs to help create a repeatable framework and shared language for making consistently aligned hires that will become the foundation of your organization.

Who is leading this workshop?

Nikki Adamson (Founder, CEO of Hustle Hunters) will be facilitating this discussion, and bringing in her experience supporting dozens of founders as they go about their critical early stage hires. Hustle Hunters is a human-focused recruiting and consulting form that supports early stage startups in building out their foundational teams with an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

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