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How to Raise Silicon Valley Venture Capital, Even if You're Outside of The Valley

Ahmed Shabana
Managing Partner at Parkpine Capital

Egyptian-American entrepreneur-turned-investor Ahmed Shabana is the current Managing Partner of Parkpine Capital, the U.S.-based venture capital firm he formed with partner Billy Zane, best known in Hollywood for the movies Titanic and The Phantom.

Ahmed was recognized as a high impact entrepreneur by the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times by founding the Middle East & Africa’s first eCommerce portal and online pharmacy, Agzakhana.com, generating millions in annual sales while overcoming the economic and commercialization obstacles of the region. Moreover, Ahmed was able to raise capital from Vodafone Ventures and help fundraise for a number of Healthcare, BigData, and SaaS startups of over $800M in combined valuation.

Ahmed holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he was inspired to form Parkpine as a way to improve access to funding and resources for tech entrepreneurs on a global scale.

Course Description:

For many entrepreneurs and founders, raising several rounds of funding eventually leads them to Silicon Valley venture capitalists. While emerging startup ecosystems have developed all over the country in the last decade with their own sources of funding, including in Los Angeles, venture funding has existed in Silicon Valley for almost 50 years. In this session, Ahmed will walk you through the differences in the venture environment in Silicon Valley, how to break into the ecosystem, and help you better understand the venture landscape.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Break Into the Silicon Valley Ecosystem

  • Use fundraising techniques that are unique to Silicon Valley

  • Develop a better understanding of the competitive landscape and learn proper terminology