FinTech by Fire-side Pitch Event

Early-Stage FinTech Funding: Key Strategies for Seed and Series A Investments

 July 31, 2024
 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Welcome

Connect With Top Industry Experts

We are bringing together leading FinTech investors, experts, and innovators to discuss emerging trends in innovation and technology in the FinTech industry, key challenges facing the industry, and the growing significance of FinTech investing. The attendees will have an opportunity to connect with investors and experts during the event.

The event will begin with a Fire-side Chat featuring prominent investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from the FinTech world, followed by pitches from early-to-growth-stage startups from the industry.

 July 31, 2024
 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
About us

Panelists

Panelists

Christina Zerka
Investor
LinkedIn

Ms. Zerka is an Investment Analyst at Forum Ventures. Prior to joining Forum, she spent time with Invest Detroit Ventures and Battery Ventures. She has received a B.S. in Neuroscience, Biopsychology, and Cognition, and a minor in Entrepreneurship, with Honors, from The University of Michigan. During her time at Michigan, she was part of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ELP) and received multiple grants from UM's ZLI.

Philip Veber
Nexus Associate
LinkedIn

Gaingels  is the world’s most active venture syndicate with the mission purpose of promoting access, visibility, and support in venture for underrepresented communities. It was ranked the 9th most active VC firm by Pitchbook in 2022. As a Nexus Associate, Philip conducts the operations of all of Gaingels’ investments vehicles on AngelList: Flight.VC Syndicate, 2022 Top Tier Early-Stage Syndicate, 10x Capital / Gaingels Early-Stage Diversity Fund, 10X Capital / Gaingels Demo Day Fund, and more. That's inclusive of SPV & fund management, investor & founder relations, communications, sourcing, and more. Since starting at Gaingels in June 2021, the 'Nexus' team (3 FTEs) has accounted for a majority of the firm's dollars invested through 2,000+ transactions totalling $458M+.

Ike syed
Senior Vice President
LinkedIn

(Panel Moderator)

Ike Syed, works at KiwiTech as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, where he leads the Enterprise and SaaS engagements within the startup community. Before KiwiTech, Ike served at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised the senior leadership on economic impacts of foreign investments, digital economy and emerging technologies. In that role, Ike liaised closely with other government/international entities (such as the National Security Council, the Departments of Defense and Commerce, other Executive Branch departments, etc.) and the private sector.

Prior to entering public service, Ike worked as a Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Connectloud, a next-generation Cloud Computing company. Previously, he was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and a finance executive at Fidelity Investments, where he advised corporate leaders globally on critical strategic and business issues. As an experienced veteran of the ICT industry, Ike has led product development and technical research initiatives at Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley and Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories in the past.

In 2012, Ike was selected to be part of Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Future Leaders program. From 2005 to 2007, he served on the executive committee of the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab, a Silicon Valley non-profit organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and private investors. Ike received his BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a MS in Computer Science from Boston University. A licensed Professional Engineer, he obtained his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Presenters

Presenters

Francesca K. Augustine
Francesca K. Augustine
CEO & Founder
Phani Kumar Sheela
Phani Kumar Sheela
CEO
Uzrad Lew
Uzrad Lew
CEO & Founder
Nicklaus Farr
Nicklaus Farr
CEO & Founder
Garrison Davis
Garrison Davis
CEO & Founder
Agenda

Agenda

July 31, 2024

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
2:00 PM - 2:05 PM

Check In & Welcome Note

2:05 PM - 2:10 PM

KiwiTech Introduction

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM

Fire-side Chat

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Startup Presentations