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Fundraising in a Recession: Fishbowl Panel with Founderland


Mar 2nd 2023
18:30 – 21:00


Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park
Ground Floor, Lexis

Fundraising in a Recession – How to successfully fundraise in times of uncertainty.

Over the last 2+ years, as a startup founder, you’ve been told to: “Lengthen your runway... Accept lower valuations... Avoid fundraising during a recession or economic downturn”.

However, despite all market doom and gloom, there is still money on the table and there are founders who have successfully reached out and taken it.

The panel asks the questions:

  • How is the funding landscape changing now? What are the challenges of fundraising in a recession?
  • What advice should founders be taking and what should they be leaving?
  • Is there any essential advice that isn't out there already?

This event is hosted in collaboration with our partner, Founderland.

To keep the event intimate, and to open up honest, valuable discussion, this event will not be live-streamed or recorded.

Join us in person at Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park to discover how to secure investment and accelerate your startup in these tight times.

About the Fishbowl Format

A Fishbowl Panel is a format that invites the audience to join the speakers onstage and participate in the discussion.

The stage will be in the center of the room with the audience radiating out from it. The speakers will be seated in a circle onstage along with one empty chair.

Take a seat onstage and join the speakers in the discussion. Each time an audience member joins one speaker will stand up and leave a seat for a new person to join.

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  • 18:30 - 19:00
    Doors Open
  • 19:00 - 19:10
    Factory Welcome & Founderland Keynote
  • 19:10 - 20:00
    Panel Discussion
  • 20:00 - 21:00
Alina Bassi Headshot | Fundraising in a Recession Panelist

Alina Bassi is a Chemical Engineer turned Impact Entrepreneur, with a passion for sustainability. She is a speaker, innovator, and startup mentor.

In 2019, she co-founded a startup called Kleiderly, with the goal to recycle waste from the fashion industry. Kleiderly has developed an innovative patent-pending method to recycle textiles waste into a durable plastic alternative.

Alina is an advocate for women in STEM, and is passionate about levelling the playing field for underrepresented founders. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Founderland, which supports women of colour to raise investment, funded by

She is an Included VC Fellow (Class ‘22), a fellowship where she was selected among the top 75 Fellows out of 3000+ candidates (top 2.5%). It is supported and instructed by Europe’s top VC firms, including Notion Capital, Creandum, Seedcamp, and more. She now supports impact startups to receive investment as a venture scout.

She has been listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, featured in Vogue, Wired, and was also on Germany’s Shark Tank, Die Höhle Der Löwen. She was also listed on the Top 100: Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space, by EU Startups.

She is the recipient of:

Forbes 30 under 30 | Manufacturing and Industry Category

Top 100: Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space | EU Startups

MB100 Award by Meaningful Business for global leaders combining profit & purpose to achieve the UN SDGs

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Sophie Chung Headshot | Fundraising in a Recession Panelist

Dr. Sophie Chung is the founder and CEO of the digital health company Qunomedical, a software-as-a-service provider for patient relationship management. After successfully completing her medical degree, she joined McKinsey in 2008, working primarily as a healthcare consultant.

Due to her medical expertise, she quickly recognized the potential created by the digitalization of the healthcare system.

Today, she works with Qunomedical for better and more humane healthcare and sets the standard for patient relationship management with her new software Qunosuite.

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Maru Winnacker Headshot | Fundraising in a Recession Panelist

Maru Winnacker is the Managing Partner of Urania Ventures, a French-German investment firm (family office) committed to backing scientific breakthrough technology founders for the long term. She brings over 17 years of experience in entrepreneurship and fundraising and an extensive network of European late-stage tech entrepreneurs. Maru founded her first company, Germany’s first luxury tea brand, in 2006 when she was 26 and scaled in over 80 retail partners in the DACH region.

Before joining Urania Ventures, she founded Super Group, an advisory firm backing global leaders with a purpose-driven tech focus, creating value through growth capital access and strategic partnerships, and preparing founders for a potential IPO. Maru is also a Venture Partner of Red River West, a French growth-stage VC fund that supports the best European Tech companies to win in the US by providing game-changing operating support and which benefits from the active sponsorship of Groupe Artémis.

She serves as Chairwoman on the board of Chemovator (the BASF Venture Builder), the foundation committee board of the BAYER Foundation, and the selection board of The Karman Project. In addition, she actively supports and mentors young, diverse talent and supports Space Founders as a mentor. Maru studied business administration (MBA) at European Business School (ebs) Oestrich-Winkel, San Diego State University (CA, USA), and Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (BA, Argentina).

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Founderland aims to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs, by addressing the most underrepresented: women of colour.

Less than 0.5% of venture capital in Europe has gone to women of colour founders, and their purpose is to increase the number of funded and resourced businesses run by diverse leadership.

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