Venture Capital Panel

(How To Raise Money in 2021)


Startup Pitch Event

 April 20, 2021

  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

About the Event

We saw the world completely change in 2020, but what is happening with Venture Capital? Are investors still making as many investments? Are startups still raising as much as they were before the pandemic?

Join Graphite and our panel of veteran VCs for a discussion on venture in 2021, what to expect in Q2 and beyond, and how founders/operators can continue to grow their companies.

The event will begin with a panel discussion on how to raise money in 2021, followed by pitches from four growth-stage startups.

Want to pitch your startup at the event?

At the end of the panel discussion, four founders will be given a chance to present their startups before the investors in attendance. If you’re interested, click the button below to apply to pitch.
(Selection subject to screening)

Panel Members


Oliver B. Libby
Managing Partner

H L Ventures

Oliver B. Libby is Managing Partner and co-founder of Hatzimemos / Libby, a strategy and venture firm based in New York City. Founded in 2009, H/L is dedicated to accelerating companies, focusing on high-growth businesses that add value to society. H/L is a new kind of venture firm; its unique Growth Catalyst model is designed to help portfolio companies and their leaders achieve the next stage of their success through active and regular engagement by H/L partners and their network.

Mr. Libby chairs the Board of The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York City which he co-founded in 2007. Through its Social Venture Challenges, held at leading youth conferences around the world, Resolution identifies undergraduate students who wish to launch new social ventures. The resulting Resolution Fellowships provide dynamic, hands-on mentorship and grants to implement their social ventures— a full ecosystem of support that empowers the recipients to become socially-responsible leaders. To date, hundreds of Resolution Fellows are working on diverse ventures in high-impact fields and have benefitted well over 1.5 million people to-date in over 75 countries on all six inhabited continents, including all across the United States.

Mr. Libby is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Milken Young Leader, a Concordia Summit Advisor, a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Advisory Council, a founding GLG Social Impact Fellow, a NationSwell Councilmember, an Advisory Board member at Project HEAL, and a guest judge for The Hult Prize and Echoing Green. Mr. Libby was also a Foundation Trustee and Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Harvard Club of New York City, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Clinton Global Initiative.


Ben Narasin
Venture Partner


Ben Narasin is a Venture Partner at NEA. A prolific entrepreneur and highly regarded early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise, Narasin has focused on emerging technologies and new markets throughout his investment career. With a portfolio comprising key early successes in some of today’s fastest growing sectors, such as fintech, digital marketplaces, mobile and connected devices. His overarching focus in seeking new investments is, in his words, “to find founders who make me say wow.

Narasin is a 25-year entrepreneur and 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities.

Like many of NEA’s partners, Narasin’s path to investing is rooted in entrepreneurship. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including, one of the first e-commerce companies, which he founded in 1993 and led to a successful IPO in 1999. Narasin frequently writes and speaks about technology and investing, as well as food and wine, a lifelong passion. He holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.


John Frankel

ff VC

John Frankel is a technology investor. He is passionate about working with founders that are building the big businesses of tomorrow. He founded ff Venture Capital in 2008 to work with founders who share this vision, which has since funded over 100 seed and early-stage companies that have in turn created thousands of jobs and impacted the lives of millions.

While ff Venture Capital’s investments span a number of industries, John is particularly fascinated by applied artificial intelligence, encompassing drones, robotics, financial services technology and cyber security. Over the years, John has served on the boards of dozens of companies as well as the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, to help in further fostering the New York City ecosystem.

Prior to founding ffVC, John had a long career at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles that involved technology development, business reengineering, and capital markets. He has had the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s leading investors, and as a result has developed a keen understanding of emerging technologies and portfolio risk/return management.

After graduating from New College Oxford in 1982 with a Masters in Mathematics and Philosophy, John worked at Arthur Anderson and qualified as a Fellow Chartered Accountant. Today, John enjoys traveling the world and is blessed with five amazing children and six incredible grandchildren


Paul Bianco
(Panel Moderator)

Paul Bianco is the CEO of Graphite, a leading provider of finance & accounting services for early-stage companies. Prior to Graphite, Paul was an investor at ffVC, an early-stage VC fund in NYC. While at ffVC, Paul helped dozens of his portfolio companies build easy to understand and intuitive financial models. Paul is Certified Public Accountant and has a background in consulting, asset management and technology.

* Additional panel members being confirmed

Featured Presenters

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APRIL 20, 2021 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Panel Discussion: How To Raise Money in 2021

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM ET   |   CHECK-IN & WELCOME NOTE


11:10 AM – 11:55 AM ET   |  PANEL DISCUSSION

11:55 AM – 12:30 PM ET   |  STARTUP PITCHES


Guest Registration

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