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Founders Dinner: Coming to America, US expansion and fundraising

March 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

This dinner is open by application. To apply to join, please fill out this form

For many high-growth enterprises, 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 clinical execution.

In this facilitated Q&A session, 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 should I consider establishing US operations?
  • When should I look to raise money from US VCs?
  • Do I need a US company to raise money from US VCs?
  • 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?
  • How do I sell/pitch in the US as a British/non-US founder?
  • How is hiring different in the US, and what’s the optimal US team?
  • Does everyone really sue each other all the time in the US?
  • Are there government resources to assist with US expansion?

To help formulate other questions in advance, here’s a link to Tech Nation’s US expansion and fundraising library.

The discussion will be led by Tech Nation Fellow Daniel Glazer, who leads the US Expansion group at Silicon Valley-headquartered Wilson Sonsini and Tom Butterworth, Managing Director, Early Stage Banking at Silicon Valley Bank.

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.

This dinner is open to startup founders who have either,

  • have launched in the US in the last 12 months
  • are looking to launch in the US in the next 6-12 months
  • have raised a Seed round to allow them to scale into the US

To apply to join, please fill out this form


March 11, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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