Workshop: Raising Capital


Location: 34 Chambers Street, 115

Speaker: Dianna Raedle '84

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The aim of this workshop is to help put attendees into the shoes of potential investors so that they can understand how investors think about making an investment, as well as the information they need in order to make a positive investment decision. Attendees should come to the session prepared to give a brief pitch/presentation about their startup venture, if applicable. Attendees will listen to each presentation and act as investors. Presentations will then be followed by a moderated discussion of which companies would receive the greatest investment and the reasons why. 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and postdocs. Lunch will be served.


After the workshop, Dianna is also available for meetings from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 114.  Meetings are limited to faculty and graduate students and can be scheduled through WASE

Speaker Bio

Dianna Raedle is CEO, Founder, and Managing Director of Deer Isle Group, an NYC-based advisory and investment firm specialized in emerging markets and complex capital situations. Dianna is responsible for advisory, business development, and investments activities and has over 20 years of experience in both public and private markets across the capital structure. Since founding Deer Isle, Dianna has raised approximately $5 billion in assets including $100mm in seed capital from OPIC for an Africa focused private capital fund.

Prior to founding Deer Isle Group, Dianna co-founded Millennium Americas where she was a member of the Investment Committee and was on the investment team. Millennium Americas was an advisor to Millennium Global Investments Ltd., a ~$12 billion London based investment management company for the Millennium Global Special Situations Americas Fund (MGSS). Prior to Millennium Americas, Dianna had extensive experience creating highly structured transactions at ABN AMRO, and SBC Warburg Inc., where she was a Director and at Credit Suisse First Boston (London and Switzerland), where she was a Vice President.

Dianna is on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Business School Club of New York and is Board Emeritus for the Harvard Business School Club of New York Community Partners program. In addition, she is a mentor for the Princeton University Keller Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She is also a 2011 winner of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge, sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Dianna has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. She has Series 3, 7, 24, 63, 99 and 79 Registrations.