With the cost of starting certain types of businesses plummeting, entrepreneurs are more able than ever to self-fund their ventures and take them to later stages than ever before. However, the traditional lines between different stages of funding are becoming increasingly blurry, meaning that confusion still remains with regard to the path towards additional capital.


Join us for a 30 minute presentation where Professor Angelo Santinelli will discuss the ever-changing environment for seed and early-stage funding. We will explore the current state of the seed funding process as well as how the seed funding landscape will change in the future.

At the end of the session, there will be a Q&A with Woody Benson, Venture Partner at Launch Capital. Mr. Benson has seen success over a multitude of operating and executive positions in the tech industry, and is currently also on the Board of Directors at LogMeIn. He is currently focused on early stage investing. Read more about Mr. Benson's background in VentureFizz.

This learning session will serve as a preview of some of the content explored in our upcoming open enrollment program, The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp: A Deep Dive for New Ventures, taking place January 16-20, 2017. Register by November 11 to save $500 off the registration fee!

About the Presenter

santinelli angelo-1.jpgMr. Santinelli is an experienced leader and innovator in creating business strategy, marketing and delivering results. His more than 20 years of business experience covers a broad range of disciplines and responsibilities: including business development, strategic planning, M&A, IPO, private equity financing, customer service, all aspects of marketing and international operations. Mr. Santinelli has served on numerous boards of directors participating in both audit and compensation committees. He has served as an executive and officer of a public company.

Mr. Santinelli is the founder of Dakin Management, a strategy consultancy focusing on small to medium size businesses. He was previously a partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, where he began his investing career in 1998. North Bridge is a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. His investment interests ranged from communications, wireless, software and Internet infrastructure.

Prior to joining North Bridge, he was a senior executive of the Shiva Corporation, a leading provider of Remote Access Networking products. Mr. Santinelli served as Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. He joined Shiva when it was private and was part of the management team that led it through a successful IPO, several acquisitions and rapid growth phase. At Shiva he was responsible for building and managing the product management, product marketing, marketing communications, knowledge management, business development and Web groups. He served on the company’s executive committee and ran North American sales for a period of time.

Prior to Shiva he was with the Boston Consulting Group where he participated in the high-tech practice group, focusing on both business strategy and business process re-engineering for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Santinelli also spent several successful years in sales with International Business Machines, selling both large and small systems and software to financial institutions.

He has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Sloan School of Management, where he taught Entrepreneurship. He received a BS from Fordham University in 1984, and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1989.