During this ICA alumni chat, investor McConnell Smith will be sharing what companies should be doing to prepare to raise their first (or next) round. Whether you’re pre-seed, seed, Series A, or beyond, this conversation will have must-know tips from an insider on conveying the invest-ability of your business and how to navigate the road ahead. McConnell is a partner at VMG Partners, a growth equity fund behind many high-growth food, beverage, and wellness consumer brands. If you are a CPG brand growing and raising capital, this conversation is for you!
What: Free, interactive workshop on fundraising after seed capital
Date: December 10, 2021 at 10am
Where: Online Event
McConnell Smith is a partner at VMG Partners, a growth equity fund focused on partnering with emerging, high-growth, health and wellness focused consumer brands. He has worked closely with a number of VMG’s investments, including [solidcore], Quest, Sun Bum, Nutpods, Justin’s, Solid Gold, Vermont Smoke & Cure, and Hello Bello, among others. McConnell joined VMG in 2016 and focuses on the nutrition, wellness, and fitness categories.
Prior to VMG, he worked in the consumer investment banking groups at Piper Sandler and KeyBanc Capital Markets, and before that was a member of L’Oreal’s supply chain finance team.
McConnell grew up in Cleveland and attended Yale University where he played (quite poorly) wide receiver on the Yale football team.