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Creating a network of trusted partners


Navigating the funding landscape as a start-up can be a challenging process. Even knowing where to begin requires some due diligence. After securing the first equity round, more doors open with follow-on funding opportunities. Funders often rely on a network of trusted partners to share strategic insights and deals can progress from equity capital to non-dilutive funding and venture debt.

Join us to learn from a team of funding experts as they share how deals are being done in today’s market and what the funding ecosystem looks like while gaining an understanding of the value of networking.


  • Brent Bernell, Partner, DLA Piper

    Brent Bernell, Partner, DLA Piper

    Brent Bernell provides counsel to public and private companies, as well as the institutional investors that help them grow, on the full spectrum of corporate and securities matters, including capital markets, M&A, venture capital financing and public company reporting and corporate governance. Brent’s transactional practice includes representing issuers and underwriters in registered and unregistered public equity and debt offerings, strategic and financial buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions and private companies and institutional investors in venture capital and private equity investments.

  • Kelsey Haley, MA, Regional Director, CSC Leasing

    Kelsey Haley, MA, Regional Director, CSC Leasing

    Kelsey Haley is the Regional Director for CSC Leasing for the Southwest and supports early-stage companies and beyond with financing solutions. Kelsey serves as an Advisory Council Member for Beam Founders Angel Network, an investment organization focused on women-founded companies. Additionally, Kelsey is a Limited Partner in The Fund, a first of its kind venture fund created and fueled by its members that invests in early stage technology companies. Kelsey has an extensive background in sales as well as non-profit organizations.

  • Annie Kadota, Sr. Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

    Annie Kadota, Sr. Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

    Annie Kadota is a Senior Vice President in Silicon Valley Bank’s Life Science and Healthcare Banking Solutions group, where her specialty in venture debt supports the team’s deep expertise in providing financial solutions to high-growth public and private life science companies. Annie joined Silicon Valley Bank in 2014 based in the Bay Area and returned to her hometown of San Diego in 2015 to join the Life Science Practice. While in San Diego, she served as committee chair for the Southern California chapter of Women in Bio, which promotes careers, leadership and entrepreneurship in the second-largest biotech hub in the United States.

  • Ketan Yerneni, MD, Principal, KdT Ventures

    Ketan Yerneni, MD, Principal, KdT Ventures

    Ketan is a principal at KdT Ventures, where he invests in emerging companies at the intersection of compute, biology, and chemistry. A physician in training with a background in neurosurgery and medical technology commercialization, Ketan is passionate about supporting founders who are developing novel technologies and medicines to improve people’s lives. Ketan’s research on molecular imaging, neurosurgical oncology, and spinal surgery has led to more than 20+ scientific peer-reviewed publications.


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