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Founder Institute’s Alumni Success team recently hosted an interactive webinar funding event with Will Sacks, focused on how to go from Fundraising to Funded: Pitfalls To Avoid That Can Sink Your Company.

Will Sacks is an experienced social impact entrepreneur, startup advisor, and executive coach. As the Founder & CEO of women's heath startup Kindara (a New York Founder Institute portfolio company) from 2009 - 2016, Will oversaw his venture raise millions in funding, build a world-class team, ship products to market (both hardware and software), and ultimately get acquired

Watch the FI Alumni Master Session recording below to gain an understanding of common rookie fundraising mistakes to avoid, and how to put in place a structured process for meeting and closing with angel investors and venture capitalists. If you're currently fundraising and want to learn proven secrets to accelerate your raise, this session is for you!

One quick takeaway was an Agricultural Fundraising Metaphor: Farming Investor Desire. Just like growing crops, you cannot cut corners in the steps to fundraise, and you need to diligently follow a structured process. Click the top video to watch Will Sacks' complete presentation.  

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In 2019, Will Sacks founded the GetFunded accelerator, putting his own experience as an impact entrepreneur to use by helping other mission-driven founders to close their own funding rounds, and avoid costly pitfalls post-fundraise. 

Graduates of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $950M in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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