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Aaron Chockla

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

An award-winning entrepreneur and active venture capital investor, Aaron enjoys freelancing to leverage broad expertise in business (MBA–Kellogg), law (JD—Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law), and science and engineering (Ph.D.—University of Texas at Austin) to help companies raise capital, scale operations, and develop marketing and corporate strategy.

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Amit Kapur

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

As CEO of a $15 million private equity fund, Amit developed a financial model that disrupts the traditional fund structure by eliminating management fees and yielding industry-leading returns. During his MBA at Kellogg, he developed a passion for freelance consulting, where he leverages his extensive experience in valuation, financial forecasting, and complex capital raises. His client base ranges from startup founders to CFOs of large companies.

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Rich Smolen

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Rich, an experienced CFO, has led $500 million in fundraising for three private equity-backed companies and helped sell two of the businesses. His engaging style and desire to learn is fueled by meeting people via freelancing. An expert in the financial services, telecommunications, and technology sectors, Rich has partnered with CEOs, investors, and lenders of companies ranging from early-stage startups to entities with $250+ million in revenue.

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Steve Sprindis

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Steve is an experienced financial executive and consultant with a broad range of experience ranging from deep dive financial analysis to M&A and valuation work. He has experience as a CFO, private equity investor, and investment banker. Steve has worked with over fifty companies on preparing business plans and offering memorandums and financial models, and has helped finance early and late stage companies, real estate, and other assets.

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Jeff Anapolsky

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Jeff enjoys connecting special situations with alternative capital. Jeff is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School with experience in multiple industries. As a seasoned professional, he creates credible financial projections, solves operational hurdles, manages debt and equity financings, negotiates mergers/acquisitions/divestitures, and helps clients reach milestones and achieve targets.

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Jimmy Stone

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Jimmy has executed and evaluated $1+ billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions at an investment bank (JP Morgan), private equity firm (Warwick Group) and as a consultant. He's advised businesses ranging from pre-revenue startups to $1+ billion public companies in a broad range of industries. Jimmy holds an MBA with honors from Wharton, and he joined Toptal to help clients create tangible value while learning about new business models.

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Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Aleksey served in CFO roles of public and VC-backed private companies. As investor, he contributed to 25+ private equity deals that have deployed $500 million. He has advised 50+ clients on raising $1.6 billion in equity in the healthcare, consumer, media, software, energy, and industrial sectors. He enjoys working with officers of early stage and mature small-cap firms. He freelances because it exposes him to a wide range of companies.

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Jeffrey Fidelman

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Jeffrey has been a trusted advisor for several years, focused on working with entrepreneurs and helping them build and grow their business, often from the ground up. He's successfully helped entrepreneurs raise more than $1 billion. His ability to work across a wide variety of industries is the result of a diverse investment background. Freelancing enables him to work directly with leadership to achieve efficient and positive results.

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Jason Seldon

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

Jason is an operational leader with 20+ years of experience working at both large enterprises (PwC, Disney) and startups (Business.com, Coin-In). His experience includes raising ~$150 million in funding for various startups with multiple successful exits. He has a top-tier education as a Wharton undergraduate, a UCLA MBA, and as a CPA. He enjoys freelancing as it helps him to continue to develop his various skills as he works with new clients.

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Keith Fernandez

Freelance Fundraising Consultant

A Harvard graduate with an MBA at Wharton, Keith has executed numerous debt, equity, and M&A transactions and investments for global Fortune 500 corporations while working at leading Wall Street investment banks (Merrill Lynch) and private equity firms (KKR). He's an award-winning entrepreneur who enjoys consulting as a way to help advise clients on complex capital raising, M&A, corporate finance, and venture capital projects and transactions.

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A Hiring Guide

Guide to Hiring a Great Fundraising Consultant

Fundraising is almost always a complex process, no matter what stage a company is at or how solid the financials are. From a start-up raising its first million dollars on up, this guide will walk you through how to find the best fundraising consultants to make your pitch deck bulletproof.

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Martin so far is a complete Rockstar. His first bit of work produced a tool for us to model and forecast our financials and is far and away worth every penny we paid and more. Just thought I’d share that with you.

Pete Pellizzari, CEO

Budder, Inc.

Erik has been an extremely valuable member of our team who has tremendous breath of experience with start ups in our lifecycle phase. What makes his contribution unique and highly effective is not only his excellent financial modeling skills and knowledge, but also the emotional intelligence with which he manages each relationship at Vault, understands our team dynamics, and helps us tackle start up challenges effectively. It is rare to find a part-time consultant who makes you feel like he/she is genuinely invested in the success of your company.

Romy Parzick, COO

Student Loan Benefits, Inc. dba Vault

Toptal has been an incredible key partner for Sidekick. As an early-stage start-up, we’ve leveraged both design and financial talent. The experience has been incredible, with those professionals bringing creativity, expertise, and advice to ensure Sidekick succeeds. My Toptal financial expert helped steer Sidekick’s business model, which resulted in an initial ROI of 650x! My experience with Toptal has given me great confidence in the future.

Doug MacKay, Founder / CEO

SideKick

Chris was great to work with and was always available on my schedule. His communication skills and personality were a 10/10. His outputs on the project were top notch and allowed us to develop more efficient forecasting and initiative prioritization frameworks. I would definitely use Chris again.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

What really sets Toptal apart is the caliber of finance talent available in their network. I had a very specific and pressing need, and Toptal quickly matched me with the perfect person for the job. The expert produced a thoughtful and robust financial analysis that has ultimately allowed us to forecast and prioritize initiatives much more efficiently.

Chris Pozek, CEO

Veterans Rideshare

Scott had a lot of finance experience which he used to ask the right questions and help us do things more quickly than we would have done without him. The commission model is crucial to us being able to scale, he integrated seamlessly with our finance team and efficiently got us the outputs we needed.

Naushad Parpia, Founder and CEO

GSD

I was very impressed with the quality of finance talent in Toptal’s network. Our expert's experience was immediately evident through his insightful questions and the speed at which we could move. Toptal stayed on top of the process from making the match through to the successful completion of the project. I've already recommended Toptal Finance to my network.

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GSD

How to Hire Fundraising Consultants Near Chicago

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of finance will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right fundraising consultant for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new fundraising consultant for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

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    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

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    Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

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    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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