Raising your startup’s first funding round is extremely difficult.

Here are 8 tools to help you close your round faster.


Crunchbase is a great way to start planning your raise. Sort through investors that could be a fit for your startup, see how much capital funds have to deploy, and track recent deals they’ve done.


When you’re pitching investors, you should be updating and improving your pitch deck after every meeting. Beautiful AI is a simple slide deck creation platform, enabling you to make changes to your pitch in seconds.


AngelList is similar to Crunchbase, but more focused on angel investors. Use this when you’re raising a smaller round.


Not quite a spreadsheet, not quite a database, Airtable is a great way to track the progress of your round. Set up a funnel and fill it with investors you are meeting with, and track conversion as you start to meet with funds.


I haven’t personally used Foundersuite, but it is a tool that specifically focuses on tracking the fundraising process. Similar to how you can use Airtable for fundraising, but a fully-baked solution.


Twitter is one of the most underrated fundraising tools out there. It’s so easy to connect with investors and get meetings from cold DMs.

Don’t sleep on Twitter. Trust me.

My RocketReach subscription has paid for itself many times over. I use RocketReach to find the emails of investors I don’t have an intro to. You’d be surprised how often cold emails work!


Use LinkedIn after you know who you want as investors. Search the names of the partners you want to work with, and quickly find any potential intros you can get to them.

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