Fundraising · Investor pitch

Pitching, Funding?

Anas Mousa Cofounder, Research Wiz, Futurist

May 11th, 2018

Hello Everyone,


I used to be able to create startups from scratch, however, the next project I have in place requires a ton of money to acquire equipment and talent. Without this large sum of money, it's just a fancy idea with no where to move and this project, by no means is a one man show.


Initially, I had secured funding and partnered with, who would be my CFO. However, the CFO attempted to interweave a political agenda into our business strategy. I disagreed and we went our separate ways. I'm about making money and only money!

I'm not used to pitching my idea and I can't do everything on my own. I realize where my strengths and weaknesses are. Can anyone help guide me with their experience pitching ideas and obtaining funding?


Thanks !

Anas Mousa Cofounder, Research Wiz, Futurist

May 11th, 2018

Hi, Thank you for your input. However, I leave politics for the politicians. I’m not here to try to sway anyone or use my business as a tool to achieve a political goal. I think that is part of the reason why America has become so polarized. My goal is one thing: create a good product, provide a good service and make tons of money. I can be philanthropic is my business approach where my product (ie medicine) would help serve humanity or use my proceeds for philanthropic endeavors. Otherwise, I’m not here to be part of the left or the right. As far as the idea goes, I have built a business plan and a few viable products previously. The difference this time around is taking those things to another level which require a lot more money.

Kevin Nordio Startup Strategy Guru | surrounded by advisors, investors & fundraisers

May 11th, 2018

I pride you for being able to leave the project because of something you stand for. Sounds like there’s a strong project in the background that was taken advantage of by your ex cfo. Would love to hear what you can share and see where our strengths align.

Steve Skura CEO @TBD, Brands - Coca-Cola, Maytag, Merrill Lynch, Philips and LG. GA Tech MBA 19'

May 12th, 2018

Good choice. Many VC’s and Angel funds have policies about NOT funding startups that have political or religious agendas. Have you looked at local Angel funds?

Anas Mousa Cofounder, Research Wiz, Futurist

May 12th, 2018

Hello, To answer both questions. My business is geared primarily towards computational biotech. My company has a very well thought out and structured business plan. I have made my own products, however, they’re in need of more advancements which I know, understand and have a working knowledge of but cannot execute. An example of this would be taking a genetic code and printing it using biobricks to grow let’s say a very difficult to chemically extract ingredient or rare plant that takes years to mature. I would grow this gene in yeast or E. coli and mass produce this ingredient and make it more affordable for patients or for manufacturing- whatever the application. I’m in need of help finding the right investors or VC. I have enough on my plate and cannot progress without funding. I know it’s difficult. I read that Jeff Bezos and many other successful businesses where laughed upon. I’d really hope to find an open minded and forward thinking angel investor or VC club since I don’t know where to go from here. Any tips on prior experience is welcome. Thanks

Gautam Lakum Product Designer • Co-founder at PNG Labz

May 16th, 2018

Hey Anas,

The political agenda can benefit in a few ways. But if we feel it risky to have as a part of the team, you've taken a right decision. Even I don't like that.

As you said, your product is a medicine – I would suggest contacting pharmaceutical companies or people having that background. You should meet people having contacts at such companies or VCs that invest in healthcare products. That can help you get the funding.

Alyssa Kwan Co-Founder and CTO of Infallisys, "Data Team in a Box"

May 11th, 2018

Not knowing what executing your idea entails, have you considered that a political agenda enhances fundraising and recruiting? As a software engineer very much oriented towards computer science, I have enough moral and political philosophy in me (much of CS is founded on mathematical philosophy, which is why you get so many Richard Stallman's) that I would *never* work on a project controlled by someone in it only for the money.