Ep 29. Raising a Pre-seed Funding Round for my AI Startup, with Kanwal Bhatia, Founder & CEO, Metalynx
Welcome to this latest episode, where you'll hear from Kanwal Bhatia, Founder & CEO of AI startup Metalynx,about how she raised $800K in pre-seed funding. She shares her challenges along the way, how she kept going, what she learned to help her in her future funding rounds and much more! This episode is in partnership with DWEN (Dell Women Entrepreneurs Network) from Dell Technologies.
We agree with Kanwal when she says:
"Enjoy the process, learn from it and faith in yourself that you can do it"
About our Guest:
Kanwal Bhatia is founder & CEO of AI startup Metalynx. She is a Machine Learning researcher specialising in computer vision, deep learning, medical imaging and image/video processing and has authored publications which have gained >1200 citations: scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=M1qb-e0AAAAJ&hl=en . She has a PhD in Medical Imaging and a Masters degree in Computing from Imperial College, London. Kanwal is also a champion chess player and was English Women's Chess Champion in 2016, 2018.
Learn more about Kanwal on LinkedIn here.
What you'll learn in todays episode:
Episode 28 - Season 3 - How to raise $1M in seed funding and leverage your network during your fundraise, with Valérie Hoffenberg, Founder & CEO, SHe Travel Club
Episode 28 (Season 3): How to raise $1M in seed funding and leverage your network during your fundraise, with Valérie Hoffenberg, Founder & CEO, SHe Travel Club
What better to kick off Season 3 of our podcast than by listening to the inspiring story from French serial entrepreneur, Valérie Hoffenberg, about how she raised $1M in seed funding for SHe Travel Club, the new travel tech startup about to take the women travel market by storm. A former diplomat and advisor to a previous President of France, Valérie has built her incredible diverse network over her career. In this episode she also shares tips for female founders on how to leverage your network during your fundraise. Enjoy!
About our Guest:
Learn more about Valérie here.
EPISODE 25: Using Innovation Partnerships as a Source of Funding, with Susan HayesCulleton, Founder of Active Peers AI
Episode 25: USING INNOVATION (Research) PARTNERSHIPS AS A SOURCE OF FUNDING, WITH SUSAN HAYESCULLETON, FOUNDER ACTIVE PEERS AI
Well, are you ready to be taking on a rollercoaster funding journey with a fast-paced entrepreneur, filled with expert advice to help you better understand what's involved in using research/innovation partnerships or grants as part of your funding strategy? If so, you'd better hold on to your seats, as Susan HayesCulleton deftly takes you through the in's and outs of what to expect, how to manage complex stakeholders, when and how to pivot and much much more. If you think I've got a strong Irish accent, then get ready to hear Susan, and make sure you have a notebook and pen ready, as she has so many great tips and shares them so fast, you won't want to miss anything!
About our Guest:
Susan HayesCulleton, CFA, “The Positive Economist” is Managing Director of the Hayes Culleton Group, with clients across Europe and the USA. Active Peers AI focuses on unlocking, recording and diffusing tacit knowledge across organisations and networks.
Susan’s latest book “Money Matters” is a financial literacy textbook focusing on personal finance, investing and enterprise, sponsored by CFA Society Ireland. She is also the presenter of the YouTube show “ESG & Tech Show” and sits on the board of the Irish International Business Network. Susan holds a Chartered Financial Analyst charter, MSc Executive Leadership, BSc Financial Maths and Economics and a Diploma in Taxation.
Learn more about Susan here:
Episode 6: How Vivian Nwakah, Founder of Medsaf, is Disrupting Supply Chain HealthTech in Developing Markets
Episode 6: How Vivian Nwakah, Founder of Medsaf, is Disrupting Supply Chain HealthTech in Developing Markets.
In this episode, you'll hear from trailblazing founder Vivian Nwakah, a Nigerian entrepreneur born and raised in the United States. Her career spans the US, Europe, South America and Africa. Her areas of specialty are sales, marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship. Vivian has started 3 companies, home health care agencies in Illinois and Indiana, Hybrid solar diesel renewable energy company in Nigeria, and now Medsaf, a one stop shop for health care stakeholders to purchase, manage and track medications in complicated supply chains. Learn why she started Medsaf, how they got first funding and how they are transforming access to healthcare in developing markets. Vivian also shares he key tips to founders and investors and how to put the fun into funding! See show notes here:
Founder Insights: How Leading Aperitif Brand Haus is Getting Funded
In this episode, you'll hear from Haus Co-founder and CEO, Helena Price Hambrecht, about why she decided to disrupt the dinosaur drinks industry, with the launch of the uber cool aperitif - Haus. Although her funding journey was not all plain sailing, she has successfully raised a pre-seed round, giving the big drinks companies a run for their money. Listen now, to how she did it!
I realised we needed new drink products to meet the generational shift in gathering culture that’s happening today. My husband, who happens to be a 3rd generation winemaker, and I decided to do something about it. We launched Haus to create the products for how we actually gather today, and we’re starting with alcohol, an industry that hasn’t changed in nearly 100 years. We’re actually the first company to sell alcohol on the internet, thanks to a crazy loophole.