Founder Roundtable: Fundraising in Uncertain Times

Upstate Capital and Grasshopper Bank are hosting the next Founder Roundtable on Thursday, December 15th to discuss startup fundraising going into 2023. Founder Roundtables are designed for Seed and Series A founders leading companies to gather in a closed-door setting to meet and exchange ideas. Roundtables are organic in nature, and founders are invited to bring questions to the group. 

Roundtables provide valuable opportunities to: 

  • give and get advice on challenges and opportunities 
  • deepen knowledge and relationships in the business community
  • grow peer network

The Founder Roundtable on Thursday, December 15th from 12PM – 1:30PM virtually on Zoom. The conversation will focus on startup fundraising today. This is an invitation-only event to discuss the dynamics of fundraising in today’s environment, as we see lower valuations, slower fundraises and more conservative investor sentiments due to rising costs of capital, inflation and recessionary pressure on the economy.

Are you a founder and interested in receiving an invitation? Send us a note.

What to expect:

  • Participants will bring a question or two to explore with the group, perhaps tied to a challenge they’re currently facing or anticipate in the future.
  • What is spoken about in the room will stay there, and all participants should afford the same courtesy to other participants.

Roundtable Moderators:

Noa Simons | President & CEO | Upstate Capital

Noa is an entrepreneur, investor and ecosystem builder. She leads the Upstate Capital, an organization that increases access to capital for companies across the state. Noa manages a robust membership network and convenes events on technology, trends and best practices for investors, entrepreneurs and professional advisors. She emphasizes collaboration and inclusion across the ecosystem.

Jeremy Shure | Co-Head, Technology Banking | Grasshopper Bank

Jeremy is Co-Head of Technology Banking at Grasshopper Bank, where he and the team focus on delivering creative and efficient banking solutions to support the journey of founders and VC/PE firms. Previously, he was the Global Head of Early Stage Practice. Jeremy is a Kauffman Fellow, and his two decades of supporting the innovation economy spans venture capital, banking, and law.

About Grasshopper Bank: With total assets of over $500 million, Grasshopper is a client-first digital bank serving founders, their companies, and the investors supporting them across the innovation economy. Grasshopper replaces the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to banking with a suite of products and services tailored to specific industries, and a passionate team of experts with deep expertise in their fields. Grasshopper’s banking solutions cover small business, startups, venture capital and private equity firms, fintech-focused Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) and commercial API banking platforms, and more. Headquartered in New York City, the bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and is an Equal Housing/Equal Opportunity Lender. For more information, visit the bank’s website at or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.