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Virtual Fundraising Conference

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Join us for a virtual night of networking and learning from an all-star panel.


6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction and Networking

6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches

7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking

1. Dominique Villela - Managing Partner at Shot Ventures

Dominique Villela is the founder and Managing Partner of Shot Ventures, a San Francisco and Arizona venture capital firm. Dom's primary role is in hunting for companies, due diligence, raising capital and helping founders (and even other investors) to raise capital too. Dom has been called a "The Friendly VC" because of his founder advocacy approach, transparently educating and advising on the pitfalls and benefits of accepting investment funding. In 2021, Dom and his partners launched a pre-capital advisory program using funding strategies that have captured investors and influenced the capital funding for tech companies that include the Fortune 10.

Supporting ex-executives from JP Morgan, Amazon, VISA, MySpace, and Microsoft, Dominique advances digital transformative leadership, while building financial partnerships with global top-tier venture capital and financial institutions to fund emerging tech across 20 markets. He has a specialization in digital assets, and has raised >$350MM USD and nearly $100MM in other currencies, which have supported 7 successful exits. Dominique has been recognized by the United States Congress and various municipalities for his contributions to science, technology, and entrepreneurship.

2. Shadi Yazdan - 4x Startup founder & Co-Founder of PredictivEye

Shadi is a 4x startup founder passionate about building disruptive technology with a positive impact across an array of industries. Currently, Shadi is the co-founder of PredictivEye, an AI company predicting customer behaviour with 90% accuracy. Her value-add is her outstanding record of utilizing management expertise, business acumen and strategic partnership skills to build deep relationships, executing winning marketing strategies and leveraging the latest technology to deliver exceptional results.

3. Dr. Pavan Kumar - Partner at F50 Elevate & Co-founder at 3pmVentures

Ex-founder, author, speaker & investor. 20+ yrs of experience in start-ups and enterprise acrossIndia, Middle East and USA. 

Funded multiple companies across USA, UK and India. Specialized inBusiness Strategy, Partnerships, Innovation and driving change. 20+ yrs of experience in Technology, Sales, Strategic Partnerships, Operations etc., indifferent global regions.Strategic Accounts & Partnerships, Ooredoo, Qatar (2005-2017)Reliance Infocomm, India (2001-2005)Equant, India (1990-2001)Indian Airlines (1987-1990) 

Investments: USA(3): Gigwage.com, hidrent.com, TheCarSavior.comUK(1): MishiPay.com (funded by AmEx)India(7): NewsBytesApp.com, Flutin.com, PickmyLaundry.in, Washho.com, InmoviduTech.com,getfitso.com(acquired by Zomato), conizen.com(acquired by Paytm), xane.ai, greenz.co.

4. Nelly Yusupova - Startup Tech Advisor & Founder of TechSpeak.co

Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a start-up tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes and through her online masterclass TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects, without being technical or knowing how to code.

Just recently included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney, SmallBiz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio.

5. Jason Kraus - Partner at EQx Fund

Jason Kraus has been described as a "serial entrepreneur" by his friends and family ever since he opened his first business while still in college. He's always been intrigued by how companies got their start and how products that are now household names came to be. This led him to found startup consulting firm Prepare4VC, to cofound an alternative investment group Equity Venture Partners and to later join as a partner on a micro-VC, EQx Fund. To help others who share his passion, Jason is actively involved in Startup Grind and NextGen Summit, two notable startup communities developed to aid entrepreneurs in their endeavors.

His passion for business and the knowledge he's accrued has made Jason a sought-after authority by those interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the years, he's been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, All Business Media, Boston Voyager, Radio entrepreneurs and more to share his expertise. His hope is to help new founders get a strong foothold in their industry and increase their chances of success. His book Venture Forward uses stories from well-known entrepreneurs to show these new founders that they can find success through their trials and failures.

6. Christy Buss - CEO of Hedoskin, Lakers family

As a successful dancer, choreographer, actress, and business owner, Christy Buss has traveled the world, met top athletes and celebrities and helped thousands of her fellow performers… all while being in the limelight. Her busy schedule with long hours at the rehearsal studio, performing on camera, walking the red carpet, and running her various businesses meant that she needed to use quality skincare products to look her best at all times. Now, she is releasing her new line of skincare products HEDO and sharing her secrets for youthful, glowing skin and enjoying a healthy, happy life! You see, Christy worked very hard to get where she is today and knows that everyone deserves to have the best products… not just big celebrities. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Christy grew up dancing at her mother’s dance studio. Then, she got her big break when she won the ABC Television Special, “All American Girl” in 1979 and moved to Los Angeles, California. Shortly thereafter, she auditioned and won a spot as a Los Angeles Rams’ cheerleader. Because of her extreme talent and ability to lead others, she soon became the dance captain and traveled the world with her fellow team members. When she returned to Los Angeles, she won numerous parts in commercials and film roles. In fact, her acting jobs on various soap operas lead her to choreograph shows like, “Passion,” “Days of Our Lives,” and more. Christy also choreographed for the LA Sparks and the LA Clippers and became a proud member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ family. In order to share her love of dance with others, she opened The Studio Art of Dance in 1993 in El Segundo, California where she has taught thousands of small children to senior citizens ballet, gymnastics, jazz, tap, and more over the years. She continues teaching today while being a celebrity host on various reality television and talk shows. Plus, she works with numerous charities on various special events. Christy shares her insights on Hollywood, beauty, wellness and more and interviews celebrity guests via the Christy Curtis Buss YouTube Channel.

Christy lives the life most people dream of. She enjoys good health, family, friends, and is a successful entrepreneur. She is a radiant and forever young-looking beauty. Now, through Christy’s new skincare line, HEDO, you too can experience her secrets! Enjoy Skin! Her goal is to provide some of the most high-quality skincare products on the market today with spa-quality results you can enjoy from the comfort of home.

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