Early Stage Fundraising – Whether, When and How to Raise Money for Your Startup

Earlier this year I was invited to run a training session for the Seattle-based coaches for SCORE, a Federally-funded program offering advice and training to entrepreneurs. Most of the companies in the program aren’t likely candidates for outside financing, but the Seattle program attracts a more tech-savvy cohort than most, and the coaching team wanted to learn more about how to advise those that might qualify for investment.

My slides (embedded below) don’t really do justice to the hour-long conversation we had today, but I really enjoyed the discussion with the coaching team – all of whom are successful executives and leaders from diverse backgrounds – and have a new appreciation for the role SCORE plays in unlocking and steering entrepreneurial passion at the earliest stages of company formation.