Founders Dinner: Coming to America – US expansion and fundraising
March 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
We know that our members have their ambitions set on establishing a US presence, and we want to support our members and other startups from London, Europe and India grow into America, As such we teamed up with Wilson Sonsini to invite you, as part of a select group of Founders and peers, to a dinner and discussion on coming to America – US expansion and fundraising.
The dinner will take place from 6.30pm on 2nd March at Hoxton Grill, Shoreditch, London.
For many high-growth startups, there’s nowhere better to start and grow than the UK, and nowhere better to expand and raise later-stage funding than the United States. The US offers the promise of massive commercial opportunities and plentiful venture and growth capital. However, doing business and raising money in an unfamiliar, highly-competitive environment requires thoughtful advance planning and skilled execution.
Over the course of the evening we will discuss best practices for navigating the logistical aspects of launching and operating a UK business in the States, and setting and meeting expectations for US later-stage funding.
Here’s a sample of various frequently-asked questions:
- When do I need to create a US company?
- Where is the best place to set up in the States?
- How long does US set up take and how much does it cost?
- When should I look to raise money from US VCs?
- Do I need a US company to raise money from US VCs?
- How is hiring different in the States?
- Does everyone really sue each other all the time in the US?
- Are there government resources to assist with US set up?
- What are some of the biggest cultural challenges in the US?
- What’s the most common US mistake UK companies make?
The discussion will be led by Tech Nation Fellow Daniel Glazer, who leads the US Expansion group at Silicon Valley-headquartered Wilson Sonsini. Dan leads Wilson’s London office, which provides US access and support to technology-driven UK companies through their US life cycle – US launch, expansion, fundraising, partnerships, M&A and IPO.