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Fight the good fight: 3 tips for entrepreneurs seeking VC during a global crisis

Pulling inspiration from's "Off the Sidelines" podcast, experts spoke on a panel during Introduced|Virtual about the state of startup funding now.

Introduced|Virtual's "Off the Sidelines" panel. (Illustration by Terry LaBan of Breakthrough Visuals)

Thinking about venture capital may feel odd during a global crisis, but the fact remains, companies are still closing major funding deals though there has been a national decline in recent quarters. So, how were they still able to secure funding?

Recently, aired the first season of our investing podcast “Off the Sidelines,” which gathered stories from investors and experts about how to get involved in startup investment. This effort was part of a pilot with Project Entrepreneur and supported by UBS.

Pulling inspiration from the podcast, venture capital experts spoke on a panel discussing how more people can get involved in investing at a time like this. This discussion came on May 7 as part of’s first Introduced|Virtual conference, a daylong conference focused on various aspects of building better businesses.

During the “Off the Sidelines: New Wealth, Impact, and Underrepresented Investors” panel moderated by the podcast’s cohost, Abby Lee Mosconi, attendees heard from these speakers:

If you weren’t able to watch the panel live, you can view the session below:

If you’re contemplating seeking funding or you’re already on the hunt, here are some tips and thoughts from the panelists on raising venture capital during this time:

Any time may be a good time to raise funding.

“I think it’s always a good time to be an entrepreneur if you have a great company, solving a real need,” Chadwell said. “And that’s always been the case.”

Each of the panelists shared their thoughts on why now — perhaps more than ever — is a good time to put your idea in front of people who can invest in it so it can grow.

“It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur who is solving systemic problems and who is maybe innovating or inventing new categories,” Scholz said. “We’re solving for a whole new raft of opportunities that didn’t exist in February but exist now.”

Entrepreneurs, not everyone will say yes — and that’s OK.

Hall stressed that entrepreneurs should always be optimists, especially at a time like this. Lee also noted that in the short term, hearing no may hurt for entrepreneurs, but in the long run, it’ll help you better fine tune your ventures before landing that funding that will impact your business the most.

Don’t give up!

There will be some transformational changes in the entrepreneurship sector and how investors consider putting funding into new ideas. You can’t hear no unless you try, right?

Catch the full day of panels on YouTube. Shoutout to Breakthrough Visuals’ Terry LaBan for illustrating our panel live — and watch his process here:

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