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MIT SBAA Startup Week

Fundraising can be difficult and daunting. COVID-19, travel restrictions, and an uncertain economy have made this past year a time of unprecedented challenges… and opportunities.

Join us as we welcome some of the US’s top VCs to share their highs and lows of the past year, tips on fundraising remotely, trends in the startup world, and outlook for 2021.  This is the main event of the day. Afterwards, we encourage attendees to check out the breakout rooms, reach out to your industry matches, and say hi to our sponsors.

The MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Thank you to our event sponsor, VECKTA, for making this event a reality. If your company would like to sponsor a future event, please contact us through the Brella platform. 

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Tuesday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

VC Panel: Fundraising in 2021

  • Ian Sigalow, Co-Founder and Partner, Greycroft Ventures
  • Nancy Fechnay, Partner, Flight Ventures
  • David Magerman, Managing Partner and CTO, Differential Ventures
  • Sarah Leary, Venture Partner, Unusual Ventures
  • Parul Singh, Principal, Founder Collective (Moderator)
  • Christina Qi, CEO, Databento (Facilitator)

Wednesday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sales Workshp by Wesley Barrow, Correlation Ventures
  • Wesley Barrow, Venture Partner, Correlation Ventures
  • Christina Qi, CEO, Databento (Facilitator)
  • Tina Kruczynski, Program Manager, MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association (Facilitator)

Thursday, April 29 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Startup Panel: How We Raised Capital During COVID

  • AJ Alfonso Perez, ESG Investor & Serial Inventrepreneur, Grow Clean
  • Sonal Singh, Co-founder & CEO, Spatio Metrics
  • Tarik Bolat, Co-founder & CEO, WaveSense
  • Christina Qi, CEO, Databento (Moderator)

Tuesday, May 4 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

VC Panel: Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship & VC

  • Dami Osunsanya, Vice President, Softbank Investment Advisors
  • Kim Patel, Investor, Venture Partner, Sound Ventures, The Venture Collective
  • Shila Nieves Burney, General Partner, Zane Venture Fund
  • Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures
  • Joy Ekuta, Co-founder, Retrospect(Moderator)

Wednesday, May 5 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

VC Panel: The Rise of Operator-VCs

  • Jamie Goldstein, Founder & Partner, Pilar VC
  • Mallun Yen, Founder & Partner, Operator Collective
  • Mark Mitchell, Investor, Moonshots Capital
  • Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures
  • Ande Lyons, Startup Champion, Startup Life Podcast, Founders Live (Moderator)

Confirmed break-out rooms include:

  • Room 1: Fundraising Questions
  • Room 2: Co-Founder Connect
  • Room 3: Hiring in 2021
  • Room 4: Beyond College: Advice from Alumni
  • Room 5: Speed Networking Round Robin
  • Room 6: Founders Therapy

Confirmed office hours include:

  • Legal Office Hours by Jonathan Kaplan (MSEE '89), Kaplan IP Law
  • Sales 101 Workshop by Wesley Barrow, Venture Partner, Correlation Ventures, Former SVP at Yext

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