It’s sexy to be an entrepreneur these days. It means you can be creative. You’ve got an idea and a vision. Presumably that’s why you’re here. You then take a look at raising money to bring your vision to life.
Raising money from investors (or banks) can be a daunting process. There's a reason the TV show is called "Shark Tank". You may be wondering whether this journey is for you.
I’ve raised $35m across 7 different companies in 8 years (my hairdresser is eternally grateful). I’ve met many investors through that process and have watched how they make decisions, both before they invest and how they interact with you afterwards. The answer to this will be as unique as they are, however there are some common threads.
A learning mindset on this journey is essential. The first stage of developing “wisdom” is acknowledging you don’t know everything. I’m a trusted advisor and confidante to my clients (my mind is a vault with a vast array of secrets). I am told I’m genuine, approachable, credible and reliable. I want you to be all of yourself with me, and I will do the same with you.
Where did I develop my own learning mindset? It wasn't through the classic professional journey of a finance professional and accountant. It was through managing a health issue where our level of genuine scientific knowledge is also very early stage. It taught me to question every assumption, to never take no for an answer, and also to trust myself.
My insight, awareness and ability to find the right answer for you is what enables you to succeed above all else. In a predominantly male profession, I have learned to value and develop those traits that make me stand out from the crowd.
Self-determination is talked about a lot - it matters. It’s about you staying in the driving seat of your vision. It is something I've done in my own life (both personal and professional). Using that experience to enable others to do that is a real pleasure and the reason I do what I do.
Past clients include; Flamingo (ASX: FGO), GeoOp (NZX: GEO),Healthengine, Redback Conferencing, OneSaas, Brandscreen, Pollenizer.
I’m a well recognised mentor for Muru-D, Springboard Enterprises, The Founders Institute & Tech Ready Women, a Finalist in the 2017 Women in Finance Awards and a nominee for the 2019 Women in Accounting awareds.
The kitchen is my happy place - I’m a (budding) amateur chef. No plans for Masterchef in my future anytime soon.......
I’ve published several articles on Medium, some of which have been picked up by various publications. Click the button below to check them out.
Rachel’s ability to present the complex in ways which are straightforward and accessible is what makes her such an engaging speaker. Don’t be fooled by the accounting exterior, her engaging personality and dry wit will make your event one to remember.
Her extensive life experience in business has created a treasure trove of stories and snippets that can be adapted to your message. For an audience who are innovators, wanting to bring their dreams to life, her real world no nonsense approach to the task of managing the commercial side of the business will