I’ve been chatting with several founders who put off raising in 2022 and earlier this year in hopes that fundraising conditions would improve. They’re now at the end of their runway—they must raise new capital. It’s a tough spot to be in, and I suspect it may be more common than not for early-stage founders who raised in 2020 or 2021.
Summer vacation season is over, and public markets rebounded through July (August has been a down month so far). The optimal window before year end in which these founders can raise capital opens in September and closes around Thanksgiving. This two-and-a-half-month window could be make or break for many early-stage start-ups this year.
I’m curious to see how many early-stage founders begin fundraising in September and how the number of investments completed in this year’s window compares to last year.