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Steve Barsh, Dreamit Ventures: "Mind the Gap ­- Getting from Seed to Series A"

  • Cicada Innovations 4 Cornwallis Street Eveleigh, NSW 2015 Australia (map)

"Mind the Gap - Getting from Seed to Series A: The Most Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How To Fix Them" with Steve Barsh, Dreamit Ventures.

In this fast­paced and information-packed presentation learn the tricks and traps to successfully navigate the Series A funding gap, what Series A investors are looking for, and how to successfully close a Series A round. The talk is based on Dreamit Ventures’ acceleration of over 300 companies in 10 years.

In this talk you’ll learn:

  • The 6 most common reasons founders fail to close a round and what to do about them

  • The critical importance of shaping your story, explaining your vision, and having credibility

  • The importance of understanding your biggest risks and assumptions and how to clearly articulate what they are

  • and your plan to overcome them

  • The 12 slides to have in your pitch deck and what you should cover

  • How much to ask for and common mistakes many entrepreneurs make

  • The metrics you need to show and the difference between the absolute number and the rate of change (AKA

  • business velocity)

  • How to get from Term Sheet to Close (aka due diligence) as quickly and easily as possible

About Steve:

Steve Barsh is a Managing Partner at Dreamit Ventures, a US­based early­stage venture fund that accelerates startups building transformative companies in the fields of healthcare, real estate/built environment, and security. Steve has over 30 years of experience starting, leading, launching, and building multinational companies as well as
early­stage venture work. He has helped launch over 100 companies that have generated over $1B in enterprise value. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and physicians on rapid identification and de­risking of critical make­or­break assumptions as well as shaping their companies along with
guiding their early­stage venture rounds.

Steve started his first company while he was graduating from college and sold that company seven years later to MCI where he went on to lead the combined division. He is a special advisor to NASA for their annual NASA Cross Industry Innovation Summit. Steve taught in the Wharton MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania and has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


  • 3.30 pm: Event commences

  • 3.30 pm - 3.35 pm: Welcome address, by Petra Andren (Cicada Innovations)

  • 3.35 pm - 3.40 pm: Introduction to Steve Barsh, by Alfredo Martinez-Coll (MTP Connect) 

  • 3.40 pm - 4.25 pm: Mind the Gap - Getting from Seed to Series A: The Most Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Fix Them, by Steve Barsh (Dreamit Ventures)

  • 4.25 pm - 5.10 pm: Q&A session with Steve

  • 5.10 pm - 5.30 pm: NSW medtech and startup ecosystem programs", by Alfredo Martinez-Coll (MTP Connect)

  • 5.30 pm: Event closes

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