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How to Raise Seed Capital of $50K - $100K: Lessons from K-Street Capital angel group

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DC Startup Week 2019

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One of the biggest challenges for early stage companies is raising the first true seed round of $50k - $100K beyond the initial investments from founders, family/friends and/or crowdfunding.

This period is the “death valley” of financing for companies- you are still in the development/validation phase and likely still pre-revenue or very small revenue. Where do you go for funding?
Most founders turn to individual angel investors because you are too early stage for angel investment groups.
But are you really “too early stage”?
K-Street Capital angel group has broken away from the typical angel group investment model and invests in early, often pre-revenue stage companies. The typical initial investment size is $25,000 - $100,000 with follow-on investments as warranted. K-Street Capital’s goal is to provide a catalyst to promising, early stage companies.
In a roundtable/panel format, members of K Street Capital will lead an informative discussion about their decision-making process to invest in early stage startup companies. Key issues include what they look for in the team & business model, their due diligence process, typical terms, and how much they typically invest. They will also discuss why/how their model is different from the typical angel group.

The primary audience is founders of early stage startup companies who need to understand the mindset of an angel investor. Those interested in understanding the role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem will also benefit from this session.

Location: American University Center for Innovation (AUCI), East Campus, Don Myers Technology Building, Room 221
Parking Lot: Paid Parking available. Free AU Shuttle Buses from Tenleytown Metro Station (ask for the stop near East Campus). Map and directions to the building are attached.


Tommy White

Interim Director, American University Innovation Center (AUCI)

The event will be moderated by Tommy White, Interim Director of the American University Innovation Center (AUCI) and the host of the event.


Ashley E. Davis

Lead Principal, West Front Strategies

Ashley E. Davis is a lead principal at West Front Strategies, a multi-million dollar lobbying firm she co-founded in 2015. Previously served as Special Assistant to the Secretary in the then-newly created Office of Homeland Security. Ashley is board member of Turning Point Brands... Read More →

Julian Ha

Partner, Heidrick and Struggles

Julian Ha is a Partner with Heidrick and Struggles, a global executive search firm. Julian was a co-founder of DDL, a venture capital fund based in London, UK. Julian is an active angel investor and serves on the ExCo of K Street Capital. He is currently a board member of the... Read More →

Penny Lee


Penny Lee is a seasoned political and communications strategist with over 20 years of experience. Currently, Penny leads the public affairs practice at Invariant, the largest woman-owned lobbying and bipartisan firm in the country and was previously the chief strategy officer of 1776... Read More →

Michael Robinson

Chairman & CEO, The Montgomery Strategies Group

Michael Robinson is the Chairman and CEO of The Montgomery Strategies Group, serving as a trusted counselor and strategist to global C-Suite executives, Boards of Directors, marketplace leaders, and elected officials. Michael works with a broad range of private and public companies... Read More →

Jonah Seiger

Connections Media

Jonah Seiger is a veteran digital agency executive and communications strategist. He is the founder and former CEO of Connections Media, a Washington DC-based digital agency offering services to the Auto Alliance, Google, NBC, PhRMA, Starbucks, WK Kellogg Foundation, JDRF, DATA/ONE... Read More →

Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016