Dear Advisor: how do I Meet investors?

Originally published on September 2023, updated for relevancy in March 2024

I hear you! This is especially true for those of us who are first-time founders – and feel like we don’t have that investor network. 

I’ll share the (free or relatively low-cost) ways that I’ve been meeting investors with the goal of building relationships, before offering to mentor their start-ups, sending them deal flow, or working together on AI due diligence.

I’ll assume you:

Prerequisite: Decide Whom You’d Like to Meet

Do your research to really understand who do you want to meet:

I highly recommend the "LA Venture Podcast" to get to know VCs in the area.

Bonus: Completing this prerequisite will also help you when you fundraise.

VCs are Panelists or Judges

Events Shared in VC Newsletters

Newsletters by VCs (or associations), which from time to time will host events for their readers:

Accelerator Mentor/Mentee

VCs are frequent accelerator mentors, giving back to the community and potentially for deal flow. By joining an accelerator as a fellow mentor -- or as a start-up in the cohort, you'll get an opportunity to meet other mentors and partners who are VCs.


We've just solved your cold start problem; good luck!

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