By Candace Mitchell
It was the start of the new year and I was just getting settled in from relocating back to Philadelphia from Atlanta after an awesome experience in the DreamIt Ventures Fall 2014 class. Never would I have thought that a week later I’d be heading out to Silicon Valley to pitch investors about my company, Myavana. But that’s just how Patrick Fitzgerald rolls. Patrick was our Managing Director and when he has something in mind, he gets up and gets it done. So while it was typical, I was still blown away to see a list of over 20 venture firms invited to our demo day-style presentation. I knew this was an opportunity I had to hop on quickly. When would there be another time to command this type of audience along with the whole DreamIt Network behind me? I saw the value in forming new relationships and had my flight booked within a few hours.
Then began the incessant research on all these firms in addition to other potential investors to either invite or connect with. I was strategizing for the rest of the week—since we were heading to the Bay Area about four days after Patrick invited us. During that time I read a quote that said it best, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Success also meets those who have the courage to go for it! So while my company is unique, I knew we were on to something big and just had to get in front of the right person.