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Bootstrapping and Fundraising

Saint Petersburg Spring 2014 Semester

What are the various ways to capitalize your company in the very beginning? How do you ask friends and family for money to support you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of bootstrapping? What do local angel investors require before making an investment? How do you develop a target list of appropriate angel investors? What materials are required to raise angel investment? What milestones should you look to achieve next? How do you set your six month and twelve month objectives in the very beginning? How should you think about selling the business or exiting the business?

Capitalize the business.
2014-08-04, 07:00 PM


Jane Smorodnikova

Startup evangelist & entrepreneur. CEO at LikeHack - content curation technology company that provides marketers with content their audience will like. Author at and advisor at

Andrei Komarovski
Director, Founders Institute Saint-Petersburg

Entrepreneur, co-founder at, director at Founder Institute in Saint-Petersburg. His extrensive experience of starting and operating companies spans several industries, including manufacturing, restaurant, and IT. He lectures, mentors, and speaks at events an...

Pavel Pravdin

Sergey Gribov
Partner, Flint Capital

Sergey Gribov is a technology entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience. Over the years he participated as a founder or top manager in many startups in USA, Israel and Russia. Sergey has a lot of experience in IT, across such sectors as software development, V...

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