Is Venture Capital Right for You???

Most startup founders know they need capital to grow their business but often don’t know what types of funding are out there and if venture capital is right for them.

As part of the new speaker series, “Elevate Your Venture: Arlington Female Founder Series,” hear three venture firm founders discuss venture capital, as well as other funding options available. In this interactive panel discussion, the panelists will answer the questions:

  • What makes a company “eligible” for venture capital dollars?
  • What are constraints of the venture capital ecosystem and what do you need to know?
  • Even if you ARE “eligible” when/why might a company decide not to pursue venture capital?
  • What other types of funding are out there?

This is the first panel in the “Elevate Your Venture: Arlington Female Founder Series,” powered by Citrine Angels, which will include four free educational events designed to tackle the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs today.



Moderator: Aurelia Flores, co-founder, Citrine Angels, and Investment Director, Virginia Venture Partners 

About the Panelists and Moderator

Shalanda Armstrong is Managing Partner of 100KM Ventures, investing in Future of Work and Women's Health. Prior to launching 100KM Ventures, she has been an active angel investor investing in over 25 startups and a technology executive. Shalanda has spent close to 20 years in the technology sector holding multiple technology consulting leadership roles at top-tier firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, and Salesforce after beginning her career as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Aurelia Flores is the cofounder of Citrine Angels and an Investment Director at Virginia Venture Partners. She has been involved in the startup and venture ecosystem for over two decades and has assisted early-stage businesses in obtaining funding since the late 1990s. As an angel investor, Ms. Flores has invested in early-stage businesses for nearly 20 years and has played an important role in various capital access programs, including incubators and accelerators.

Seda Goff is founder and general partner at Flintlock Capital, an entrepreneur first, early-stage venture firm. Flintlock Capital invests in great founders pursuing transformational technologies. We believe a great entrepreneur with a good idea will outperform a great idea with a good entrepreneur every time.

Himalaya Rao-Potlapally is the Founder and Managing Director of The BFM Fund, a seed-stage fund focused on highly scalable Black-led companies within the United States. Prior to becoming a GP, Himalaya got an MBA and specialized training in Venture Finance and worked in seven different firms as an Associate, Deal Lead, and eventually Fund Manager.

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