We have an interview with Start Engine (startengine.com), an accelerator program in Los Angeles. They invest "up to a total of $100,000". They don't allow Skype interviews, so it has to be done in person. Our interview is 3:00 PM PST on March 21. Of course we would not be asking for financial assistance for just one meeting. We have two other appointments on Wednesday and another pending that week.
The above cost reflects 2 nights and round-trip airfare from DFW to LAX (average of $500/person). If we don't reach our goal, then we will use the proceeds drive across the desert and stay in motels. We'll worry about surplus funding AFTER we reach our goal.
Please take this seriously, as this is very important to us and we may not get another shot like this in the future.