Raising Capital for Your Startup with Nitzan Pelman + Earnest Sweat

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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. 


Building a Startup Series: Raising Capital for Your Startup with Nitzan Pelman + Earnest Sweat

Podcast Breakdown:

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

Allison Gerstley