“I Wish I’d Known This Earlier”: Alternative Sources of Fundraising

Nov 17th, 2021 @1:00 pm
Venture capital isn’t the only option for startups. Not only are there more financing options available than ever to startups, but alternative funding sources are now also allowing Founders to leverage more broadly defined assets. These market shifts are helping startups to become increasingly agile in early growth periods.


Sophie Mekjian

Account Executive StartEngine
Sophie is an Account Executive on StartEngine's fundraising team. Since joining in July of 2020, she has worked with founders at all stages to evaluate their fundraising options, learn about equity crowdfunding, and consult on compatibility with StartEngine's platform. Sophie is a registered broker, holding her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses, and leverages her previous work experience in business development, negotiation, and marketing to support companies in preparing for successful campaigns. Sophie is proud to support the democratization of early stage investing, and help founders of all backgrounds access the capital they need to scale on their own terms. Having graduated from Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Sophie followed her passions to StartEngine and is committed to staying curious and constantly learning. Originally from San Diego, Sophie loves sunny days at the beach, and powder days on the slopes.

Terry Choi

Partner, Investment Principal Amadeo Global
Terry is an investor, entrepreneur, and philomath. He is also a partner and investment principal at Amadeo Global, an investment company that invests and provides advisory services. He co-leads the investment strategy and advises companies on their next growth opportunity. Prior to joining Amadeo, he served in South Korea's Special Forces for two years. Originally from South Korea, he continuously seeks to promote global entrepreneurship.

“I Wish I’d Known This Earlier”: Alternative Sources of Fundraising

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