CSUN Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Startup Fundraising

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CSUN Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Startup Fundraising

CSUN Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Startup Fundraising

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CSUN's Nazarian College, in partnership with tech recruiting and consulting firm HIRECLOUT, presents the second event as part of our Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, a virtual panel on Startup Fundraising.

What does it take to raise capital for your startup? What can you expect? How does a founder find and impress investors? Come hear from an incredibly successful and diverse group of individuals who have successfully raised capital for their startups and/or who are investors themselves. Our panelists and moderator will be sharing their career trajectories, war stories, and wisdom from their fundraising and investing journeys.

Event is free to attend and open to the community. Please bring your questions!

Speaker bios:



Avetis is a technologist, entrepreneur, investor, and recruiting executive at the helm of HIRECLOUT, an Inc 5000, fastest growing company. HIRECLOUT’s clients include Sony PlayStation, Uber, Hulu, Rivian, OpenTable, and hundreds of other leading tech companies. He has helped companies grow from startup stage to multi-billion-dollar IPO’s and acquisitions.


STEVEN VAN ALEN | Founder & CEO, Sleepyhead

After taking home the grand prize in the 2017 CSUN Bull Ring New Venture Competition, Steven has achieved continued success with his startup, Sleepyhead. To date, Steven has raised over $1.3M from angel investors who are current and former executives of LoveSac, The Coca-Cola Company, and UPenn.


Katrina is a Forbes-featured TEDx speaker, tech investor, advisor, author, podcast host, and mission-driven CEO. As Founder & CEO of Gameday HR, she leverages her expertise in HR and communication to improve her clients' employee engagement and help them build cultures that win.

SEYED SAJJADI | Co-Founder & CEO, nFlux AI

Seyed is a technologist & entrepreneur with more than 14 years experience across academia, industry, and government. At nFlux, Seyed oversees engineering, product, and customer development and solves hard problems for customers including NASA, the US Space Force, and other industry partners. nFlux has raised more than $10M in venture funding from world-class investors such as Amazon, USC, Illuminate Ventures, Plug & Play, and Techstars.

About CSUN Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Program at the Nazarian College complements our students’ inherent energy and creativity with the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate the feasibility of an idea and ultimately pitch, launch, and grow a new venture. Whether planning to create a business or bringing the entrepreneurial mindset to a larger organization, the program prepares students to confidently present to an audience while developing a strong action-bias and a willingness to experiment.

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HIRECLOUT is the premier Technology Recruiting & Consulting firm focused on building relationships that deliver results.⁣ More than 200+ of the world’s most recognized companies across many verticals, such as eHarmony, Hulu, Sony, and Uber, turn to HIRECLOUT when they’re looking for top-tier engineering talent. Whether a company needs a junior engineer or a new CTO we conduct the search, vet, and source the right candidate for the role.

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