How to Fundraise for a Startup: Chief Strategic Development Officer at Founders Factory


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April 15, 2021

10:00-11:00 GMT

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Tech startup raising pre-seed to pre-Series A? Get advice & tips from David Hickson, Chief Strategic Development Officer and the Founding team at Founders Factory. David has helped hundreds of startups fundraise. He’ll be sharing his considerations for fundraising effectively, or what he refers to as the “No-Bullshit Guide to Fundraising”.

Money Talks is where Upstream connects the tech community with angels, VCs, other investors and advisers in the funding ecosystem. The talk will last c30 minutes, followed by a Q&A – a great chance to get that burning question answered.

About David Hickson: With 20 years experience as a veteran operator across 6 startups/scaleups,  David has helped hundreds of startups with their fundraising strategies. His experience includes time at one Europe’s biggest tech-companies ( from its founder era to its 2005 $1.1bn exit.  Since then, he has raised over $100m worth of venture/investment capital for four tech ventures.  

This Sunderland AFC supporter is also co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer, now NED of Tribe Sports, a next-gen performance sportswear brand that uses smart internet technologies to bring premium products for non-premium prices. On launch, Tribe Sports Performance Wear had one of the biggest first days ever in the fashion category of global crowdfunding site Kickstarter – and went on to smash its funding goal in just 39.5 hours. Away from the sporting scene, David is also an NED at Simba, the UK’s no1 mattress-in-a-box brand.

About Founders Factory: Founders Factory is a global tech operating and investing business with a portfolio of 200+ tech companies globally, 45 of which they built from scratch. The award-winning pre-seed to Series A venture studio and accelerator are currently investing in Beauty, FinTech, Home, Healthcare, Media, Retail, Travel & Ai & Big Data.  Check out their full portfolio of investments here

Founders Factory have received investment from leading corporates (incl. M&S, L’Oreal, EasyJet & Standard Bank) to build and invest in transformational new companies, solving global problems. Additionally, they were voted Hottest Early Stage Investor & Accelerator at The Europas 2018 & 2019.


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