Survey: The State of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship and Investing

This week, Chisos launched an in-depth survey of the early stage fundraising landscape - and you're invited to participate.

There’s a lot of support for founders with an idea, and later, plenty of avenues to raise capital once traction is established. Unfortunately, in between founding a business and proving traction, things like support, resources, funding, and solid strategic advice are hard to come by.

As one founder put it, “I can find tons of information about how to launch and incorporate. And there are lots of growth pathways once I’ve proven product-market fit. But in between, in that valley of death, the prevailing wisdom seems to be ‘throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.’”

Good decisions are based on good data. This lack of visibility into access to capital at the early stages is difficult for founders, but it's also tough on investors who struggle to source, evaluate, and fund early stage companies.

Without solid insights about fundraising in these early, pre-seed and seed stages, it's hard for both entrepreneurs and investors to make the right strategic decisions. This is particularly true given the transformations sparked by the pandemic. 

This survey is designed to gather the experiences of investors, operators, and founders to provide more clarity into the state of early stage fundraising.

When you’re ready to share your thoughts, you can get started here:

Below are answers to a few questions you might have about the survey.

Who’s it for?

This survey is for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, individual investors, fund investors, and operator-investors. If you self-identify as any of the above, you’re warmly invited to share your insights via the survey here.

How long does it take to complete?

On average, the survey takes 5-6 minutes to complete.

Do I need to be located in the US?

No, you can take the survey no matter where you're located or your business is registered. 

What’s in it for me?

Every individual who completes the survey will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

What will you do with the data?

We think these insights are valuable for everyone in the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. After the survey closes on January 31, 2022, we’ll be pulling the data into a report that we’ll share publicly. 

All answers will be anonymous, but the broader trends we uncover will be made available to everyone who’s interested. 

Why are you doing this survey?

Chisos is well-positioned to conduct this survey, because we operate in that space by investing directly in individuals. We’re part of a strong community that cares about democratizing entrepreneurship, and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to collect and share those insights.

Any more questions? Send a note to

Start the survey and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card here!