Raising Funds – In the Virtual World



10:00am - 11:30am

Venture fundraising in Healthcare soared to $10.4B in the first half of 2020, nearly matching 2019’s full-year record.* Despite the absence of the traditional “investor meeting,” healthcare startups are successfully raising money.

Whether you’re pitching for dilutive or non-dilutive funding, to venture capital investors or to government funders, success can hinge upon your pitch. What are some of the potential elements that make a pitch successful in the virtual world? What differs from in-person pitches? We gathered a group of experts to discuss the elements of a successful pitch to potentially improve your chances of reaching your next milestone.

Our expert guests include startups who have successfully raised money, a venture investor and government funder who hear pitches from startups, and renowned communication expert, John Bates, who helps bring it all together. Following the panel discussion, for a pre-selected group of individuals, John will analyze 90 second pitches and provide live feedback so we all can learn.

Join us for an interactive session to hear direct insight from those adding to the fundraising success. To be considered to have your pitch reviewed live, please submit a video of your NON-CONFIDENTIAL 90 second pitch to John Bates at by December 7th.

*This program is part of BLUE KNIGHT™, a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

John Bates | CEO, Executive Speaking Success
Thomas Butler | Founder & CEO, Biomea Fusion, LLC
Mike Dybbs | Partner, Samsara BioCapita
Rachel Rath | Director, BARDA Alliance, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS
Justin Yang | Catalyst Office Director, BARDA, Division of Research Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe); Founder of BARDA Ventures

AGENDA (Pacific Time Zone)
10:00 AM Opening Remarks
10:05 AM The mechanics & emotions of raising funds in a virtual world
10:25 AM Panel discussion from both sides of the table / Q & A
11:05 AM Live Elevator Pitch Coaching
11:30 AM End of Broadcast

Complimentary. Registration closes on December 15th at 9:00 am PT.

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