Fundraising 101: For Early Stage Startups

Fundraising 101: For Early Stage Startups
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Did you know only 1% of startups raise external investment from VCs and angels?

Fundraising is tough and it got even harder in 2020 but it's not impossible.

Founders now approach investors from cold emails and LinkedIn messages to pitch decks to virtual pitching, things have changed in the past 12 months.

Most of us are used to it by now, the Zoom calls, the emails and making those virtual connections.

But how can startups optimise fundraising strategies and outreach to close investment quickly?  

At Accelerating Asia, 90% of our startup raise outside capital and to date they've raised ~S$30M .

In this webinar, General Partner and Co-Founder Craig Bristol Dixon will run through:

  • Accelerating Asia’s step by step guide to fundraising (we’ve helped startups in our accelerator raise S$30M so we have some experience)
  • Early-stage fundraising strategies and building up your investor connections remotely.
  • What investors look for in a pitch How to optmise your fundraising pipeline and time for maximum outcomes
  • This event is for any Startup Founder wanting to get their head around fundraising.

About Craig Bristol Dixon

Craig Dixon is the Co-Founder, Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) and Program Director for Accelerating Asia and General Partner Accelerating Asia Ventures. Accelerating Asia is an award-winning startup accelerator that scouts and propels the best founders in the region and provides pre-Series A startups with the resources and investment to facilitate growth. Craig and his Co-Founder also deliver high-impact programs in partnership with multinationals and governments to optimise startup engagement. Previously, Craig was the EiR and Program Manager for the muru-D Singapore startup accelerator.  Craig arrived in Singapore in 2013 after his startup, Zumata received funding from Wavemaker Partners, the National Research Foundation and 500 Durians.  He is also an Angel investor, speaker and blogger on startup topics.  Craig has been involved in over 50 investment rounds in startups as either a founder, institutional investor or Angel investor.  He has a passion for building a more efficient startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia, focusing on standardization of investment terms and fairness between startup founders and investors.  Prior to beginning a career in startups Craig lost his way for a time and spent 8 years as a banker and getting his MBA from the University of Maryland and HKUST.

About Accelerating Asia

Accelerating Asia is an accelerator VC that runs programs for early-stage startups and investors. Licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Accelerating Asia’s early-stage VC fund focuses on pre-Series A startups with untapped potential that are 6-18 months away from institutional funding. Accelerating Asia invests up to S$200,000 in pre-Series A startups, and the current portfolio covers over ten countries in Southeast and South Asia.

With a track record of success, Accelerating Asia startups have raised S$30M from angels, family offices and institutional investors. Since joining Accelerating Asia’s program, startups have grown monthly revenue an average of 350% after graduation.At the core of the work we do is the guiding belief that entrepreneurs are one of humanity’s  greatest catalysts for positive change.

Applications are now open to join Accelerating Asia Cohort 5. learn more here


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