Insider’s Guide to Raising Capital and Getting Funded with CNBC’s Alicia Syrett

Posted May 2, 2017

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder

 

Getting funded is a major milestone for many startups, but it can be a little nerve racking. Luckily, we have Alicia Syrett on the show this week to share some insider tips for landing investors.

Alicia Syrett is the founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, a seed and early-stage angel investment firm based in New York. You might know her better as a recurring panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch or MSNBC’s Your Business, where you’ll see her fielding high-stakes pitches and coaching small business owners. Syrett began her career in private equity and has years of experience in financial analysis, recruiting, and early-stage startup investing.

She brings her wealth of knowledge to our interview, giving me expert insights into all things fundraising. Syrett explains how to research investors for good fit with your business, what strategies you should use to approach them, and when you should start thinking about raising capital. You’ll also learn a few of her secrets for assessing a person’s character as well as netting high-visibility media exposure.

Syrett is very active on Twitter, so follow her @AliciaSyrett and thank her for coming on the show. I also encourage you to read her book, MentHER, a practical business guide written especially for women entrepreneurs. Finally, if you’re a female startup founder and are looking for amazing advisors to serve on your board, you should consider applying to Synett’s Point 25 Initiative in New York City. The application deadline is May 15, so don’t delay!

In this episode with Alicia Syrett, you’ll learn:

  • An experienced recruiter’s tips for reading people (8:35)
  • Her advice for anyone who wants to get into angel investing (17:38)
  • The right way to research and approach investors (23:18)
  • When to raise money and what kind of financing you should seek (30:44)
  • Secrets for getting high-profile media exposure (41:14)
  • How to use inexperience as an asset rather than a liability (47:40)

Please enjoy this conversation with Alicia Syrett!

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Alicia Syrett Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Virgin Media

Voray

Plum Alley Investments

Method Products

Spanx

Angel Investment Firms:

Pantegrion Capital

New York Angels

Universities:

Columbia University

Courses and Programs:

Lean Launchpad at Columbia University

Point 25 Initiative

Television Programs:

CNBC’s Power Pitch

MSNBC’s Your Business

CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich

CNBC’s Fast Money

Books and Magazines:

MentHER

Wharton Magazine

Winning Angels

Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs

Websites:

AlleyWatch

Crunchbase

AngelList

Gust

CircleUp

SoundCloud

Squarespace

People:

Alicia Syrett (@AliciaSyrett)

Steve Blank (@sgblank)

David Olk (@olkie)

Susan Preston (@SueAngelPreston)

Eric Ryan (@methodguy)

Lynn Tilton (@LynnTilton)

Sara Blakely (Sara’s Notebook)

Kelly Hoey (@jkhoey)

JJ Ramberg (@jjramberg)

Did you enjoy this conversation? Thank Alicia Syrett on Twitter!

If you enjoyed this session and have 3 seconds to spare, let Alicia know via Twitter by clicking on the link below:

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Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler