Download the whitepaper: Fundraising lessons learned from 100 rounds.
Rotterdam, September 12, 2023 – SeedBlink announces a new partnership with the esteemed Promocrat growth marketing agency. A collective endeavor focused on founder education and preparing startups for investment readiness, this collaboration aims to equip founders with an expansive wealth of free and insightful materials on topics such as financing, employee incentive plans such as ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans), marketing, and fostering transparent founder-investor relations.
The findings made by SeedBlink after nearly 6,000 European entrepreneurs competed for successful funding on SeedBlink inspired this collaborative project. A detailed whitepaper presents the consolidated core of these experiences, particularly from the elite 2% who passed the selection and met their fundraising goals. This document lays out a clear roadmap with 53 tried-and-true ideas for transforming hopeful businesses into efficient investment magnets.
"Europe is poised for a technological renaissance," says Andrei Dudoiu, co-founder and Managing Partner of SeedBlink. “Disseminating the knowledge we've accumulated becomes an essential duty for us to step up and compete with global competitors. Our prior experiences, triumphs and failures alike, have taught us principles that can help emerging entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. Nimity, our equity management solution, and our educational arm in development with Promocrat are all part of this commitment."
The whitepaper (downloadable here) delves into crucial subjects for new and experienced entrepreneurs. It begins with "Fundamentals of a Top-Notch Business," which serves as a solid basis. The following chapter deciphers "What Investors Want," providing readers with insight into investor needs. The third chapter focuses on honing one's "Fundraising Arsenal," which ensures startups have the necessary tools and techniques. "Rock Your Marketing" is the fourth chapter, emphasizing the significance of effective marketing methods. Finally, "Post-Funding Best Practices" ensure that businesses keep momentum and prosper after receiving financing.
The CEO of SeedBlink, Carmen Sebe, emphasizes the symbiotic nature of the founder-investor relationship, saying, "Anticipation steers success in startups." Equity is more than just shares; it embodies the soul of the venture. Making wise first decisions paves the way for an innovative future."
Alexandru Gavril, founder and CEO of Promocrat, emphasizes the changing nature of fundraising, stating that "fundraising is now less about mastering a single dance move and more about embracing the entirety of a festival, signifying community-driven growth."
The two teams join forces on September 26, 3 PM CET, for a live webinar and Q&A where they will break down the whitepaper alongside key opinion leaders. Founders and investors interested can register for free here.
SeedBlink is an equity management and tech-specialized venture investment platform that enables European startups and their stakeholders to access, manage, and trade equity alongside established institutional investors.
SeedBlink SA is registered in the Register of the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), under number PJR28FSFPR/400001 as of November 3, 2022, with an EU passport as per the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) register of crowdfunding service providers. Contact us at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a decade, ▲promocrat has established itself as the go-to agency for startups and progressive tech companies. Venturing beyond the tech realm, their expertise has influenced sectors like Banking, Insurance, Retail, and FMCG.
PublishedSeptember 12, 2023
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Co-founder of Aqurate
As a startup founder, I am happy to witness SeedBlink’s dedication to expanding their support for early-stage companies beyond funding, towards a healthy equity management via Nimity. A solution to help better navigate relations with stakeholders, employees and future investors is needed in Europe. Less admin work and bringing transparency to the cap table are immediate benefits I was able to test.
SeedBlink is a transparent solution that connects entrepreneurs with great business plans, with investors, at different stages in their development. It is a great tool for us, a democratization of access to funding, I would say.
We really loved the SeedBlink journey. We reached our fundraising goal within hours of launching. About 100 investors joined our vision and invested almost $2 million in FLOWX.AI through the Private Deal Room. At the same time, working with SeedBlink to prepare for the funding round was an excellent exercise for our entire team, and we received and felt the support from the SeedBlink team members who took on an advisory role.
SeedBlink made the (investment) process run smoothly. We appreciate all the support SeedBlink's professional team has provided.
Founder and CEO
It's important to look for and choose a platform that you resonate with, that shares your mission with, a platform & its people with which you feel you can have good working relationships. we got an excellent relationship going forward; we talked a lot and we were in touch on a lot of matters and I think this was important. Having people who believe in your idea is of great help.
Founder and CEO
Running the financing round was like any other fundraising; we had to be active in our community as well as in SeedBlink's investor community. After the launch, everything happened very quickly, and SeedBlink organized several pitch events for investors, which we found very useful for the round momentum.
Founder and CEO
We immediately clicked with the SeedBlink team as their fundraising expertise was immediately obvious and their no-nonsense approach really appealed to us. After all, fundraising is only a means to an end, and we liked how the SeedBlink team was really focusing on supporting us and on getting things done.
Our main expectation has been to raise the amount we were aiming for, and both rounds launched on Seedblink exceeded our targets, so we’re very happy with that! Even though the launched funding campaigns have been purely crowdfunding rounds, we are thrilled to actually receive extra support from some of the investors, who have chosen to get involved and help us generate product awareness, whenever they can.
I am recommending SeedBlink without hesitation, to every founder that raises capital, especially early-stage tech startups. SeedBlink is a crowd investment platform that will also provide their startup with visibility, for Angels and VCs.
Founder and CEO
In the early stages, we have been funded by several early (angel) investors, and one and a half year ago through an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Of course, this impacted our growth in many positive ways, partly due to the cash influx that, evidently, was sorely needed, but in a larger part due to the fact that our responsibility towards our shareholders has become more stringent and explicit, becoming embodied in our market approach.
Co-founder and CEO
Given the accelerated growth we observed at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, we want a new capitalization, quickly. This is a bridge round that we will use for one year, and the advantages that SeedBlink offers are the speed at which we were able to list for financing and the experience that we gain as a result of this public listing, similar to a listing on the stock exchange.
Co-Founder & CEO
As a platform that only serves technology ventures, SeedBlink can connect the start-up with more than just money. SeedBlink investors are primarily technocrats who understand the objectives of the fundraising company and are also able to post-funding contribute with business opportunities. The minimum investment threshold, and technology focus, differentiates SeedBlink from other fundraising platforms. A perfect fit for a technology start-up seeking intelligent funding.
Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink boosted our brand exposure and facilitated the financial support we were seeking. Having a campaign on the platform allowed us not only to meet a team of professionals - that guided and helped us prepare the necessary materials - but also opened doors for increasing our brand awareness and have discussions with VCs & angel investors we have never reached before. This campaign gave us the encouragement we needed to push the product further, while the record-breaking fundraising (only 2 hours from the launch of the campaign!) was a great confirmation that our product is needed in this market and that we should continue innovating.
CEO & Co-founder
SeedBlink has created a vital ecosystem for startups at the beginning of their journey by equipping entrepreneurs with expertise, encouraging honest and sometimes uncomfortable but necessary discussions about risks and vulnerabilities through a suite of tools, and facilitating connections with investors who share the founders' vision and can contribute to their success. I have greatly appreciated the constant support of Eric and the entire team at all stages of the campaign. Thank you so much!
SeedBlink S.A. is registered in the Register of the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), under number PJR28FSFPR/400001, as of 03.11.2022 with an EU passport as per European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) register of crowdfunding services providers.