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NYC: How to Raise Venture Capital

March 2, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Raising Venture Capital. One of the most excruciating parts of building a startup and turning your idea into the company you dreamed of.

Israeli Startups NYC brings some of the leading VCs in New York, to share their insights and tips on raising venture capital money for your startup.  This panel is going to discuss when is the right time to approach a VC, what’s the best way to do it, what are some of the challenges international entrepreneurs have when raising funds in the US and how can they overcome it!

This is a rare opportunity to have all these distinguished guests in one panel. Don’t miss your chance to attend this great event!

Panel Discussion – How to Raise Venture Capital

David Teten – Partner at ff Ventures David Teten is a Partner with ff Venture Capital, one of the best performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. Since 2008, ffVC has invested in over 90 companies and has helped to create companies with aggregate market value exceeding $4 billion. David has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund), and other institutional investors. He served or serves on the boards of Authorea, Ionic Security, Signup.com, Earnest Research, and Whisk (sold to Deem). He previously was a serial fintech entrepreneur.

Aaron Dubin – VC at Innovation Endeavors Aaron Dubin works in New York City on the investment team at Innovation Endeavors, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s venture capital fund, where he leads the due diligence process for Israeli investments. Innovation Endeavors invests in startups using deep technology to solve the world’s biggest problems, and has invested in over 130 companies across Silicon Valley, New York, and Israel since its founding 6 years. Prior to joining Innovation Endeavors, Aaron worked at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s oldest and largest VC. Aaron earned his BA in Business Management from IDC Herzliya, Israel’s leading international business school, with specializations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is also a proud alumnus of two distinguished international entrepreneurship programs, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University and the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at IDC Herzliya, where Aaron founded a technology startup in the field of geolocation-based file sharing.

Lluís Pedragosa – VC at Marker Lluis is a Principal and the Head of the Investment Team at Marker, a venture capital firm focused on technology investments in Israel and the U.S. Lluis sits on the Board of Directors of several Marker portfolio companies and has made investments in the areas of cyber security, marketing automation, media & entertainment, enterprise IT, ad tech and online video, among others. Before joining Marker in 2012, Lluis was a Vice President at Fredericks Michael & Co., a boutique investment bank where he advised clients in M&A transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Previously, he was a consultant at Roland Berger in their Barcelona and Madrid offices. Lluis holds a BS from Esade Business School in Spain, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (awarded Caja Madrid Scholarship). Lluis is also the co-chairman of NYCVC (New York City Venture Capital), the central professional body for the New York venture capital community.

Moderator: Lior Vaknin – Founder & President at Israeli Startups NYC

Lior Vaknin is the Founder & President of Israeli Startups NYC – A leading Israeli-American tech community, based in NYC. With over 6,000 members and bi-monthly events, ISNYC has positioned itself as the leading connector between the Israeli and American tech community in New York City.



6:00 to 7:00 PM: Networking

7:00 to 7:15 PM: Opening Remarks

7:15 to 8:15 PM: Panel Discussion – How to Raise Venture Capital + Q&A

8:15 to 9:30 PM: More Networking!

The Start-Up Nation Tech Fair is a series of events across US universities showcasing innovative Israeli technology. It promotes awesome Israeli tech, and shows Israel in a light most students on campus haven’t seen before. Over 2000 students attended 13 events last year. These students ranged from pro-Israel activists to people who just saw a flyer on the wall. There was also a huge variety in the academic interests of the students in attendance.


March 2, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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