Founders, are you considering raising a friends and family round? Wondering where to start? Who to reach out to? How to manage the relationships and the process? How to structure the raise? Want to know what it means for your startup and what kind of impact it has on your future rounds of funding? Looking for tips to avoid common pitfalls?
Join our webinar to learn from our legal expert and a founder who has gone through the process. They will share advice and guidance from legal and business perspectives to help you navigate the process of raising from friends and families.
Founder of Archer Roose
Marian is the CEO & Co-Founder of Archer Roose Wines. Archer Roose unites world class winemaking, a transparent supply chain and sustainable packaging to bring consumers a better glass of wine. Their award-winning portfolio is available via Direct-to-Consumer and in retailers such as Wegmans, Total Wine and more. In addition to making really good wine, Archer Roose is leveraging data & analytics to drive distribution and marketing to test a new way of building alcohol brands. Archer Roose is a MassChallenge Finalist, Babson-Breakaway Challenge Finalist and Marian is Top 10 entrepreneur of the Year by Boston Harbor Angels. Marian is an avid reader, skier and lives in the south End with her family and their dog Flashman.
Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
Will Bernat is a partner and co-chairs Nutter’s Emerging Companies Group. Will also co-leads the firm’s Food and Beverage group. Clients routinely rely on Will to help them navigate through private equity, venture capital, and angel financing transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, and other corporate governance issues.
Tech, life sciences, consumer/retail, and food & beverage companies look to Will for assistance throughout their entire lifespans, from initial planning and formation to operations and exit, including formulating the strategy to realize their business goals and to build the foundation necessary to secure third-party investment. Investors in emerging growth companies seek Will’s counsel when structuring their financing transactions. Will has counseled clients in angel and venture-backed financings representing an aggregate of over $100 million in investment in local early-stage companies.
Executive Director at The Capital Network
Marie is the Executive Director of The Capital Network (TCN). At TCN since 2015, Marie has been instrumental in growing their resources, partners and curriculum. In 2016 Marie created the Fellowship for Female Founders to support women building businesses in Boston.
Marie is also an advisor with YLAI, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, a mentor and judge at MassChallenge, Winlab and other accelerators. She started her career in the non-profit sector with a strong focus on women’s rights and global citizenship. She continued on that path in the for-profit world, working at international innovation consultancies around the world to help non-profits to Fortune 500s think about their organizations in new ways.
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