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Do You Want To Raise Funds For Your Startup? Join Experts And Learn How

When: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM

Where: PlugNPlay, Pinot Room, 440 N. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA

Registration: Click here to register - Members $5; Non-Members $10 (Special Offer - Become a member of OPEN SV between now and before the session and pre-register for the session to get 1-1 mentorship from Naeem Zafar and Fahad Aziz. 1-1 sessions will be set up by appointments after the workshop. To become a member of OPEN SV, please click here. Limited seats available so become a member today)

This session will outline how to get your company funded. There will be an interactive discussion involving the audience on options that you have and how to approach investors? - This session will demystify the venture capitalists and angel investors and discuss options that are often ignored. Find out what they look for and how should you and your exciting new idea approach them. What steps must one go through to get funding? This session will answer all of these questions and prepare you for seeking the right funding from the right source at the right time.

  • Knowing when you’re ready for investors
  • Your funding options and how to raise money
  • Understanding venture capitalists and angel investors
  • Pitching to these investors
  • What information are they looking for?  Being prepared


Naeem Zafar



Naeem co-founded and serves as the CEO of Adolene, an IoT startup. His last company, Bitzer Mobile was acquired by Oracle in 2013. Naeem also teaches entrepreneurship at the University of California Berkeley as well as the Brown University. He is a serial entrepreneur and has started or worked at six startups.  He founded Startup-advisor.com to educate and mentor entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and running a company. Naeem has published five books on entrepreneurship (www.NaeemZafar.com). Naeem served as the CEO of three companies and as a board member/advisor to 35 companies. He holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Minnesota in electrical engineering.

Fahad Aziz


Fahad Aziz is the young entrepreneur who found his voice at OPEN SV with Caremerge. He has recently closed his Series B with Health Care related VCs like GE, and many others jumping on. Fahad is a recognized global IT leader with over 14 years of experience in delivering time-to-market technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Stanley Black & Decker and Hartford Insurance. In his leadership, teams have built SAAS systems, mobile/web applications and communication platforms. 

He has also taken ideas and business problems from drawing boards and shaped them into successful software solutions by employing simplicity and innovation in both, design and development. He has created new models in agile methodologies to improve the communication and coordination of multiple teams working together.


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