Fundraising 101 with Stefanie Sample of Fundid

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When Stefanie Sample woke up one day, mid-pandemic, and read an article that mentioned the huge gap in PPP loans for women and minorities, she knew she wanted to be part of the solution. So she spent the next few months learning all she could about small business lending. Then she launched Fundid. 

In today’s episode, we talk with Stefanie Sample, founder of Fundid, a business capital company for women and minority business owners. She chats with us about the previous businesses she’s had, how to profitably sell your business, all about raising capital, and so much more. If you have any fundraising questions, this is the episode to tune into! 

“Venture funding to women actually decreased quite significantly, and it was only at 2% to begin with. So it’s like, Oh, my God, how is even possible that this could decrease. And I was just really pissed, and I turned to my husband, and I’m like, I’m not going to be on the sidelines on this, like, I have to do something, I have to be part of the solution.” – Stefanie Sample

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This week’s takeaways from Entreprenista:

  • Stefanie talks about her background and how she found herself as an Entreprenista (3:06)
  • Stefanie shares about her many previous businesses (5:55)
  • Stefanie gives us the lessons she’s learned from selling businesses (9:02)
  • Stefanie shares about her new business, Fundid (12:34)
  • Stefanie shares the ins-and-outs of fundraising (19:00)
  • Rapid fire questions (37:59)
  • Stefanie talks about how she manages her days as a business owner, while also being a mom (39:10) 
  • Stefanie shares the mantra she lives her life by (43:17)
  • What being an Entreprenista means to Stefanie (44:55)

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Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “But what I’ve learned about myself now is that I’m a builder, I’m a zero to one.” – Stefanie Sample
  • “I lucked out in that I’m really not capable of being anything but authentic and transparent.” – Stefanie Sample
  • “I had a really amazing experience raising, I never felt like my gender was an issue in any way with males or females, like, at the end of the day, a VCs job is to return their funds and make money. If you can do that, they don’t care who you are.” – Stefanie Sample

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