022 Understanding the Early Stage Funding Process with David Gardner of Cofounders Capital

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Podcast Show Notes

David joins me today to share the story behind creating Cofounders Capital and its mission for helping entrepreneurs understand the process of finding and securing early-stage funding. He reveals how investors fund entrepreneurs and business startups as well as how they help mature an idea into a feasible business. I also spoke with Jon to learn more about RewardStock, how it got started, and his experience of connecting with Cofounders Capital and CoFounderLab.

“Cofounders Capital’s mission is to seek out the best and brightest, most tenacious and passionate entrepreneurs in the Triangle and make sure that they have the guidance and the funding they need to make their venture successful.” – David Gardner

This week on the Supportedly Podcast:


  • How Cofounders Capital got started and its mission to help first-time entrepreneurs.
  • The types of entrepreneurs that Cofounders Capital and its angel investors work with.
  • How the Town of Cary became involved with Cofounders Capital and how they are helping new entrepreneurs start their venture.
  • Why he gives new entrepreneurs “homework” when connecting with Cofounders Capital.
  • How the CofoundersLab Accelerator program helps new entrepreneurs troubleshoot problems and vet their venture idea.
  • The qualification requirements to receive seed funding from Cofounders Capital.
  • How entrepreneurs can connect and engage with CoFoundersLab and Cofounders Capital.
  • Why entrepreneurs need to understand the early-stage fundraising process.
  • What inspired Jon to create RewardStock and how it helps people pay for travel with miles and points.
  • Jon’s experience with appearing on Shark Tank.
  • How Jon initially connected with Cofounders Capital.
  • What it is like to work with Cofounders Capital and a venture capitalist.
  • The benefits of joining the CoFoundersLab Accelerator program.



“David is dedicated to helping guys like me, or people like me, start their companies.” – Jon Hayes


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Podcast Guests

021 David Gardner

David Gardner Founder and General Partner, Cofounders Capital

David Gardner is the Founder and General Partner of Cofounders Capital, an early-stage funding organization dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs receive the guidance and funding they need to launch their new venture with success. He is the author of The StartUp Hats, a volunteer coach and advisor, and serial entrepreneur who has served as the founder or co-founder of seven successful companies including PeopleClick and Report2Web. He is passionate about helping the startup ecosystem thrive by supporting first-time entrepreneurs through the fundraising process and build successful businesses.

022 Jon Hayes

Jon Hayes CEO and Founder, RewardStock

Jon Hayes is the CEO and Founder of RewardStock.com, a company that helps people plan and book travel, paid for by points and airline miles. Jon is an investment banker on Wall Street turned entrepreneur. He has a Major in Economics from Princeton University, and he has appeared on the ABC TV show Shark Tank, where he secured an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban.

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Steph Kissel

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