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Nov 18

VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101 with David Gray

Hosted by The Startup Ladies

Event Details

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Event Description

This event is for MEMBERS + special guests ONLY. If you would like to learn about attending this event, email:

About this event

Starting a Business: Pros, Cons, and Tax Implications of Entity Selection:
A discussion on various legal entity types available to entrepreneurs starting a business, the benefits for choosing each, and the related tax consequences.

VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101

Startup Investing 101 is an educational program for individuals who have the financial capacity to invest $5,000+ in a startup at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Each month, attendees learn something new about startup investing, meet fellow funders and founders, listen to pitches, and have the opportunity to invest directly into a startup.

The Startup Ladies is a leader in helping founders secure PRE-SEED funding. Pre-seed money is the first “round” of funding typically sourced from friends, family, accelerators and some angel investors. Pre-seed money allows the founder and her team to achieve defined benchmarks. Examples of key milestones and expenses include hiring key staff, developing and testing a product or service, gaining traction by accruing emails and followers and/or acquiring customers. Reaching the milestones helps the founder secure additional funding in later rounds so the company can continue to scale.

Unless a founder is independently wealthy, she can operate for only a limited time with her own savings. Securing pre-seed capital is extremely difficult for founders without access to networks of affluent people conditioned to write checks for risky ventures. This problem is even greater for entrepreneurs who are women.

In 2019, women received less than 3% of the $136.5 billion invested into U.S. startups, despite the fact that their companies yielded higher ROIs than their male counterparts.

To read more about how PRE-SEED funding helps women succeed click here.


​12:00 pm - Welcome

12:05 pm - Presentation

12:45 pm - Pitches from Startup Ladies members and Q&A

1:30 pm - Wrap up


*Please Note: this event is open to Members and special guests only. Members and special guests will receive a calendar invitation with a Zoom link.

Not an Investor Member yet but interested in attending? We would love to meet you! Please send us an email introducing yourself so that we can give you more information about getting involved:


David Gray is a Senior Manager with twelve years of experience in the public accounting industry. David leads EY’s Indianapolis Indirect Tax practice where he serves as a Service Line Leader responsible for delivering all Indirect Tax service lines to EY’s Indianapolis-based clients.

While David’s main areas of experience are in state income tax and sales and use taxes, David has also worked extensively with credits and incentives, VAT, property taxes, employment taxes, and other indirect taxes. David harnesses the global network of EY, and delivers that network to our clients through overall project management and leading client relationships.

Areas of Expertise

- Income tax and sales tax-driven structuring

- Income tax and sales tax controversy including audit defense, hearing representation, and negotiated settlements

- Multi-state income tax and sales tax refund reviews for clients

- ASC 740; ASC 450

- Sales tax automation and compliance implementation, and robotics process automation

David is a member of the Indiana Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Indiana. David received a BBA in Accounting from University of West Georgia


We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating. Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.


FREE for members.