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March 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT


How to Mitigate Risk and Attract Investors with Vouch’s David Santana and Joyce Calixto


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According to a report by CB Insights, nearly half of the startups that failed in 2022 did so because of a lack of financing. When investors consider whether or not to fund a startup, a number of factors such as the strength of the team, the viability of the business model, and the size of the market opportunity go into their decision. Ultimately, investors weigh the potential return on investment against the risk of failure.

In a webinar for Founders Network, Vouch Insurance’s David Santana will explore how startups can de-risk their business and protect themselves and their investors as they raise capital. Vouch is backed by $160M from SVB Capital, Ribbit Capital, Index Ventures, and other leading investors, and is the preferred insurance provider to customers of Silicon Valley Bank, Brex, Carta and WeWork.

In the March 21 webinar David will detail the major risk areas faced by startups, from intellectual property concerns and data breaches to operational liabilities and legal challenges. He’ll also provide practical mitigation strategies tailored to each area, empowering founders to proactively address potential issues before they endanger your chances of securing startup funding.

The webinar will cover:

  • How investors weigh risks when evaluating startups
  • Common risk areas for startups in various industries
  • Actionable steps to minimize risk and enhance investor confidence


About the Speakers:

David Santana is an experienced startup community builder supporting founders of all stages and connecting them to mentors, peers, and ecosystem partners. He currently manages Vouch’s Accelerator and Incubator partner relationships. Prior to his role at Vouch, he worked with co-working space Galvanize, and AWS, to create and nurture in-person founder communities through different startup programs. In his free time, David volunteers with the non-profit StartOut to empower LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and investors through the curation of inclusive events and community engagements.


Joyce Calixto is a licensed Insurance Advisor Team Lead at Vouch with over 8 years of commercial experience. She plays a crucial role in simplifying the insurance journey, fostering a collaborative and informed approach to risk management. Her expertise shines in navigating the unique challenges faced by Venture Backed and Tech Based early-stage founders in the complex world of insurance. She ensures that founders are equipped to make informed decisions about their insurance needs. This dedication not only fosters a deeper understanding of risk management but also establishes a foundation of trust.


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