Valor Ventures Answers Questions at 500 Startups

Founders at the 500 Startups Diversity & Inclusion Summit asked Valor Ventures partners Robin Bienfait and Lisa Calhoun questions about first checks in Atlanta.

Last Saturday in Atlanta, Valor was invited to have two of our partners take the stage at the 500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit in Atlanta.

The room asked about valuations in the Southeast.

Founders were also curious about first check sizes and how Valor works through potential deals.

“It was terrific getting all those sharp, on-point questions from a room full of entrepreneurs,” said Robin Bienfait, partner at Valor Ventures. She spoke specifically to the tech diligence side of the fund.

Valor general partner Lisa Calhoun said, “It was the perfect audience to share about Startup Runway. It’s the foundation Valor created to introduce professional seed investors to top minority startups.”

Startups who go through Startup Runway are seeing strong results in investor interest.

About 1 in 3 Finalists receive a term sheet from an investor and get the opportunity to sit face to face with investors through the event’s Mock Board Meeting format. Investors committed to judge include a who’s who of professional seed stage investors, including ffVC in New York, Connectic from Kentucky, Precursor from San Francisco, and Hyde Park from Chicago.

Startup Runway is currently taking applications for its Fall 2017 season.

Women- and minority-led startups have the opportunity to compete for a strings-free, $10,000 prize check as judged by professional investors. The prize check is supported by donations from sponsors including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Hawks, and tech PR firm Write2Market.

Startup Runway is free for startups to compete. Find out more at www.startuprunway.fooundation.