Fundraising Basics for Early Stage Companies


Join the Female Founders workshop on Fundraising Basics for Early Stage Companies.


Access to capital is the #1 challenge women face in starting a business. Women-led companies make up just 4.94% of all VC deals globally in 2016 (with an average deal size of $4.5 million vs. $10.9 million per deal for male founders).


The program, led by Vesi Kertikova and accompanied by two Singapore-based entrepreneurs will focus on considerations to bear in mind when fundraising and address key questions such as:

  • At what stage do you think a company should raise funding?

  • How to proceed once you decide that you want to raise funding?

  • How do you figure out what your valuation should be?

  • What are the qualities you look for in a founder / founding team?

  • How should founders decide how to allocate equity between them and investors

  • The specific challenges of women entrepreneurs


Speakers' Bio

Vesi is an INSEAD alumni. She is the managing director of Blue Equator, finance advisory practice that provides part-time CFO services to growth businesses backed by professional investors. She has more than a decade experience in finance and investing, She has been as part of the due diligence of a number growth equity deals having worked for 3 institutional investors across the globe. Her career spans work assignments in 7 countries across 3 continents.

Daphne is the founder and CEO of Mekhala Living, a Singapore/Thai brand that creates beautiful, all natural, organic, vegan and gluten-free Asian food products. She has created a business dedicated to women, minorities and making lives better for all with sustainable products. She will share her story on being a female entrepreneur, starting a business and fundraising.

Yiping is a Venture Partner of Quest Ventures and the President of Element, Inc. She is one of the earliest female Singaporean entrepreneurs and started to run and create successful ventures since 2004. She was also the CEO and co-founder of widely known All Deals Asia, one of the first and largest e-commerce aggregator portals in Southeast Asia, later acquired by Indonesia’s conglomerate giant Lippo Group. She is an active supporter of the entrepreneurial and start up scene and is passionate in creating and growing new ventures.

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Thu Oct 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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