Investor Panel Discussion: Exploring Ways to Fund Your Startup

by TQ & KplusV

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Investor Panel Discussion: Exploring Ways to Fund Your Startup

With so many different ways of raising funding available, knowing which one is the best option for you and your startup can be a difficult question. At this event, we’ll be exploring the investment landscape by inviting investors from different backgrounds to share insights on best practices and common myths across the different ways of raising funding. 

We’ll hear from investors active in:

  • Angel investment
  • Early-stage venture capital
  • Crowdfunding
  • Public Funding

If you're a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Come and hear about how they got started in investing and the lessons they've learned along the way. 

We'll start with a panel discussion during which the investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully raise funding, followed by Q&A. Some topics that'll be covered during the panel are debunking some common myths associated with fundraising, prerequisites a startup should meet before looking for raising investments, tips around crowdfunding, and best practices to work with angel and VC communities.

Finally, two audience members will have the opportunity to pitch to investors and receive direct feedback. The discussion will be moderated by our co-host, KplusV, a funding consultancy firm that helps connect startups with the right type of funding. 

All attendees can learn from these investors and their unique insights. At the end of the event, there will also be the opportunity to connect with the investors over drinks and snacks, courtesy of PIM and Ready2Scale. P.S. If you’re a football fan, don’t fret! We’ll be screening the Champions League semi-finals on our big screens in the club after the event. 


18:00 – 18:15 - Registration and networking
18:15 – 19:00 - Investor panel discussion 
19:00 - 19:30 - Q&A and 2 startups from the audience pitch
19:30 – 20:30  - Meet the investors and network
20:30 – 23:00 - Champions League semi-final screening at TQ


Yasemin Tumer, Business Angel
Yasemin Tumer has been at Business Angel since 2006. She's a former partner of KPMG Consulting Netherlands with an international business background. Since 2014 she reshuffled the portfolio to invest in female entrepreneurs. She invests in institution development to service female entrepreneurship: NextWomen Fund, Mama Cash, and Women Inc. Yasemin is the Chair of the UnitedSucces Foundation, a worldwide network of female entrepreneurs aiming to multiply the impact of female entrepreneurship and Chair of the Fund for Creative Industry (Architecture, Digital and Gaming). 

David Mozes, Seeders
David studied economics in Groningen and started his career as an investment banker at Kempen & Co. He loves revolutionizing industries, co-founding a company called LED Lease to offer innovative lighting services before joining the venture capital landscape. At Seedrs, the biggest equity funding platform in Europe, he's responsible for the expansion into the Benelux/Euro region. Seedrs offers an innovative and effective way for early-stage and growth businesses to raise capital and build their community. It can work in tandem with angel or venture capital financing and allows businesses to obtain a diverse range of value-added capital. Seedrs has funded over 750 campaigns and raised well over 550M€ and is the biggest equity crowdfunding platform in Europe. 

Dmitry Smirnov, Flashpoint VC
Dmitry joined Flashpoint in the very first year of the fund in 2012. Since then he's led more than 10 investments across CEE, Nordics, and Russia and completed three exits (including exit from Shazam). Prior to Flashpoint, he was a Consultant at PwC Valuation department in Moscow. Founded in 2012, Flashpoint is an international group managing equity and debt funds, investing in software companies founded by entrepreneurs from Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Finland, Baltics, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Flashpoint has a team of sixteen professionals, and offices in Israel, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, and Russia.

Dwayne van der Klugt, PDENH
During his time as a biology student at Leiden University, Dwayne started an internship at KplusV. After he  graduated cum laude he started as alternative finance consultant, helping startups to find their way in the funding landscape. In 2014 the PDENH fund was initiated and Dwayne is jointly responsible for the acquisition, monitoring and management of the participating interests. He previously made entrepreneurs "investment-ready" for various entrepreneurial networks. 

PDENH stands for Participation Fund Sustainable Economy North Holland. PDENH is an initiative of the province of Noord-Holland and is intended as a means to boost sustainable entrepreneurship. By means of shareholdings and loans, the fund supports initiatives in areas such as energy transition, circularity and sustainable mobility. The investment fund has 55 million euros available to invest in sustainable and innovative companies and initiatives. We invest in companies and projects that focus on the energy transition, circular economy and sustainable mobility. To be eligible for a PDENH investment, it is important that business activities take place in Noord-Holland and that our investments generate financial, economic and social returns.

Moderator: Pieter VerstijnenKplusV
Pieter graduated his master Strategic Management on the topic of Corporate Venturing at healthcare insurer CZ. He realized that he wanted to work for one of the portfolio companies and started gaining entrepreneurial experience. After 5 years of startup experience, he is now helping other startups grow at KplusV, through one-on-one consultancy and running innovation programs. 

Founded in 1984, KplusV is the Dutch market leader in alternative finance and support to young innovative companies at achieving their goals. They advise over 150 small and medium-sized enterprises on a yearly basis. As such, they're familiar with the challenges companies face and know what they need. In collaboration with public and private parties, they analyze economic systems, market potential, and availability of alternative finance on a local, regional, national, and European level. KplusV expertise is in-depth knowledge of innovation processes, product development, business development, strategy, and corporate finance. Their activities focus on Investor readiness, Alternative finance, Ecosystems and Cluster excellence.

Drinks Sponsors: PIM & Ready to Scale

PIM (Ready-for-investment program) is an initiative in the province of Noord-Holland carried out by KplusV, Haarlemvalley, and ACE. With PIM, the province is investing in sustainable, innovative, and healthy small and medium sized businesses. PIM helps innovative and sustainable SME entrepreneurs with financing questions through tailor-made advice, providing insights into financing options and offering master classes and information meetings. PIM also connects entrepreneurs to its unique network which consists of financiers, other companies, and potential customers.

Ready to Scale is a unique growth program designed by ACE, The Startup Network, entrepreneurs, investors, and Amsterdam Universities to boost your company's growth. It's a hands-on program designed to the needs and reality of entrepreneurs that have the ambition to expand.

If you have a tech startup of your own and are eager to attend events tailor-made to help you grow, you might be eligible for residency. Apply now — if accepted, you’ll be surrounded by the best.