Retail X Series
Retail X Series is an ecosystem for retail startups.
Events: IRL educational events featuring founders, funders & experts for pre-seed stage founders (B2B, DTC, marketplaces and more) who are revolutionizing the future of retail. Covering topics like customer acquisition, financial modeling, fundraising and more. Virtual events currently.
Podcast: Deep dive interviews with founders and funders featuring tactical advice, tips and stories aimed at early stage founders.
Connection: Slack channel for the Retail X community.
Resources: Open office hours and lists of resources for early stage founders.
Founded by Sapna Shah of Red Giraffe Advisors.
About Retail X Series
Retail X Series started in 2017 as a monthly boot camp for early stage, retail-related startups as they launch their businesses. It has since become an ecosystem for retail startups in New York and elsewhere. Think of Retail X as your "Retail 101," relevant for preeseed and seed stage startups in the retail tech, ecommerce, fashion tech and DTC brand verticals. Retail X content is focused on entrepreneurs learning from other founders, retailers and investors.
Is Retail X Series Right for You?
If you're a pre-seed stage founder focused on retail, retail tech, ecommerce, marketplaces, fashion tech or DTC brand who wants to learn more about customer acquisition, sales pipelines, financial modeling, brand building, fundraising and more, Retail X is the right community for you.
What We Offer
Live Events: Monthly evening sessions featuring panel discussions, fireside chats, networking and more (postponed for now)
Virtual Events: Twice monthly virtual events via Zoom, featuring fireside chats on topics relevant to preseed founders
Podcast: Deep dive interviews with founders and funders in the space, offering tactical advice. Available on Apple, Google & Spotify
Connection: Slack channel for this community to connect and help each other
Resources: Office hours with Sapna, resource lists from founders and funders and more
Upcoming Virtual Events
Raising a Preseed Round
February 18, 2021 at 1pm ET
Getting ready to fundraise - what are the key elements you need
How to find the right investors for your business
Can early stage companies raise money right now
What sorts of companies, products, business models are interesting right now to investors
What is happening in terms of valuation over the next 6-12 months
Tips for virtual pitching/building relationships with investors
Best timing to start a raise
Free registration HERE
Building Wholesale Relationships
February 25, 2021 at 1pm ET
When offline strategies can make sense for DTC startups
Creating wholesale relationships with medium and large retailers
What retailers ask for in typical wholesale relationships - and what to be prepared with
Key considerations for pricing, margins, packaging, etc. when selling wholesale
Ensuring your brand message is clear at retail
Managing wholesale relationships once they've launched
Free registration HERE
Live Events Sponsor
A big thank you to Davis Wright Tremaine's Project W for sponsoring the monthly Retail X Series live events.
Founder of Retail X Series
Sapna Shah is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes preseed investments in retail tech, ecommerce and consumer start-ups. Sapna serves on the Board of Directors of the NY Tech Alliance.
Previously, Sapna co-founded Retail Eye Partners, an independent Wall Street equity research firm. Sapna also co-founded a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap. Prior to Retail Eye Partners, Sapna held executive strategy roles at Linens 'n Things, Inc. and at Ann Taylor, and spent time at Gap, Inc. Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell and in credit at Morgan Stanley.
Sapna holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Want to know more about Sapna? Check out the Red Giraffe Advisors site HERE