This is the third and final part of our mini-series with startup advisor Earnest Sweat to share insights into building a startup, building a team for a startup, and building capital for a startup.
Our guest today is Nitzan Pelman. Nitzan is a social entrepreneur at heart and cares deeply about finding solutions to break the cycle of poverty through education. In July, 2015 Nitzan founded ReUp Education, which partners with universities to re-enroll students who have dropped out of college. In the fall of 2016, ReUp will engage over 25,000 students in coming back to college and finishing their degrees.
Today, Nitzan will discuss her journey to securing funding for her startup as well as the many barriers she overcame to get there.
4:05- Nitzan’s background leading to her success as a CEO and founder
8:30- Shaping the idea for ReUp Education
14:45- Engaging people in her work to raise capital in this space and promote her network
18:18: Finding an operations person through meaningful networking
20:46- There are two groups of investors for ReUp Education: education investors and impact investors
24:07- Overcoming obstacles to grow network in higher education
34:45- Using “no” as fuel for persistence and positivity
38:26- Backwards mapping to identify metrics and figures
42:50- The unconscious bias against pregnant women entrepreneurs
53:25- Exciting developments with the team at ReUp Education