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By Richard Gearhart
Founding Partner

ASK THE INVESTORS: Everything You Need To Know About Getting Funding For Your Business Post-Pandemic

Presented by the Entrepreneurial Strategy Series and Gearhart Law.

Reports state that Post COVID investors have changed their strategies in how they invest in companies. Our esteemed panel consists of Angels and Venture Capitalists who can confirm truths and even dispel the myths about post pandemic investments! The panel will also let you what it takes in today’s current economic climate to get their attention and their support. The panel will also discuss investment trends from their unique perspectives post Covid.


The pandemic reduced the geographical barrier to investing; many of the initial meetings between investors and companies can be done remotely, although as things progress some in-person meetings will be required.

This is still a people business and it’s a small community, be respectful.

Learn the terms, there are books and YouTube videos to help. Learn what’s in a term sheet, what a Cap Table is, etc.

If you haven’t been to a pitch competition do that before you talk to any investors. Ideally, go to one that the investor you’re interested in is attending.


1.) Research the investors you’re interested in – make sure they invest in your type of project, and check if they have special considerations. For instance, some investors may invest only in tech, others may invest only in companies that have a woman in the C-suite. Start on their websites and go from there, find out as much as you can about them.

2.) Book office hours with the investors before you apply for capital from them. You can find out how on their websites and many of them have scheduling links on their websites.

3.) Have a great team. The investors stressed that the team can be even more important to them than the technology.


Abby Lyall, Investor at Tribeca Venture Partners: Abby focuses on sourcing and conducting diligence on disruptive tech companies across industries. Read more at:

Gina Tedesco, Managing Member of Amala Ventures: Amala Ventures invests in early-stage companies with diverse teams and innovative and disruptive technology in the USA and Brazil. Read more at:…

Maria O’Brien, General Counsel for SOSV: SOSV is a global, multi-stage venture capital firm that operates early stage startup development programs. Maria leads the SOSV in-house legal team from the SOSV offices in Cork, Ireland. Read more at:

Mario Casabona, Founder of Casabona Ventures: Mario Casabona is a Serial Entrepreneur, Active Angel investor and the former Founder and CEO of Electro-Radiation Inc., a Defense Electronics Company which was acquired by Honeywell Aerospace. Currently, Managing Director at Casabona Ventures; Founder and Managing Director at TechLaunch; active member of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network. Read more at:

Richard Gearhart, Esq., Founding Partner at Gearhart Law is our event moderator.

About the Author
Richard Gearhart, Esq. is the founder of Gearhart Law and the host of a weekly radio show for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”. He has built a firm with an international presence that helps entrepreneurs from around the world with their patent, trademark and copyright needs. Richard commands a breadth of experience that comes from nearly 30 years of practice in the writing and prosecution of hundreds of patents, and in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. In 2022, Richard was recognized by ROI New Jersey as a 2022 ROI Influencer in the Law List category for being one of the best of the best in New Jersey for intellectual property law. Gearhart Law emerged from Richard’s passion for entrepreneurship and startups and his belief that entrepreneurship grows the economy and creates jobs. When we started Gearhart Law, our goal was to help and support the new business ventures of 500 entrepreneurs and inventors. After 12 years, the firm has far surpassed this goal; today, we look forward to helping even more inventors and entrepreneurs get off to a great start and reach their own goals.