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Investment Banking: Advanced Venture Capital Fundraising for Startups

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Course Curriculum

Section 01: Welcome to the Course!

  • Welcome to this Course on Capital Raising for Entrepreneurs

Section 02: Let’s Get Started Right Away

  • What types of investors are out there?
  • What is the difference between Venture Capital and Private Equity?
  • What stage is your business at?
  • How Much Money Should You Raise?
  • What is the Difference between a Pre Money and Post Money Valuation

Section 03: An introduction to Startups

  • Startup Essentials - Markets
  • Startup Essentials - Profits
  • Startup Essentials - Business Plan
  • Startup Essentials - Capital
  • Startup Essentials - Value
  • Startup Essentials - Investors
  • Section Text Summary PDF for Download

Section 04: Do You Really Understand Venture Capitalists?

  • Do You Really Understand Venture Capitalists?
  • Do You Match Their Criteria?
  • Four Key Questions to Ask?
  • Understanding the Investment Process

Section 05: How to Understand If You Are Talking to the Right Investor

  • Introduction: Understanding Your VCs; A Case Study
  • What Type Of Investor Are You Talking To?
  • A Detailed Breakdown of Different Types of Private Equity Funds
  • What is their Ideal Investment Size?
  • What Stage Do They Invest At?
  • Stage of Business Financing from a VC Perspective
  • How Can You Define Venture Capitalists' Sector Interest?
  • What Part Does Geography Play?
  • What is meant by Style and Structure?
  • What is meant by Key Investment Criteria?
  • Section Summary: Do You Understand VCs?

Section 06: Looking at Things from the VC Point of View

  • What Factors are important to VCs?
  • Considering Valuation from the VC Perspective
  • How do Investors value a Startup?
  • How do Investors Value a Series an Investment?
  • How do VCs look at your Market?
  • What do VCs think about your Product or Service?
  • How Do VCs Evaluate You and your Management Team?
  • Why is Exit Strategy important to VCs?
  • Why are Barriers to Entry important?
  • How do VCs consider your Competition?
  • What Financial Information is important to VCs?
  • What is the typical VC Decision Making Process?
  • Seed Stage VC's Decision Tree
  • Project: Evaluate Your Own Startup

Section 07: Know What Questions To Ask Venture Capital Investors

  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Overview
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 1 - Fund Profile
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 2 - Investment Style
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 3 - Deal Flow
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 4 - Process
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 5 - Structure
  • 36 Questions to Ask a VC Part 6 - Value Added
  • Key Questions That You Can Expect a VC to Ask You

Section 08: How to Email Venture Capital and Angel Investors

  • How to Write an Introductory Email to an Investor
  • The Power of Forwardable Emails
  • How NOT to email investors
  • How to Find an Investors Email Address (if you don't have it)

Section 09: What You Need to Know to Present Your Business to Investors

  • How to Deliver a 60 Second Pitch
  • The Sixteen Magic Words Investors Want to Hear from You
  • How to Write a One Pager for a VC
  • Top Tips on Preparing to Pitch Investors
  • How to prepare a Pitch Deck for an Investor
  • How to Prepare a Business Plan and Executive Summary
  • How to Prepare a Financing Strategy
  • Key Elements of the Financial Plan

Section 10: Startup Fundraising and Pitching

  • Startup Fundraising - Getting Started
  • 19 Reasons VCs May Say No
  • Communicating Your Vision
  • The Business Plan; Overview and Communication
  • Business Plan Core Contents
  • The Financial Plan
  • Pitching Your Business
  • The Pitching Process and Investor Returns
  • Post Mortems
  • What are Investors looking for?

Section 11: How to Deliver Winning Presentation to Investors

  • What do Investors Want?
  • Outline Presentation Checklist
  • What is TAM, SAM and SOM and why are they important?
  • AIDA - Why Pitching VCs Is Like Buying a Car!
  • Selling Your Pitch
  • Pitching to Win!
  • How to Run the Meeting
  • Outline Management Presentation
  • Defending Your Plan
  • ACTIVITY: Create Your Own Presentation

Section 12: Managing the Fundraising Process

  • How do Venture Capitalists Source Deals?
  • How to find Angel Investors
  • How to Find Venture Capital Investors
  • BONUS: How to Find a Venture Capital Investor for Your Tech Company
  • What Happens Next? The Investment Process
  • How to Manage the Investment Process

Section 13: Venture Capital Term Sheets

  • What is a Term Sheet Part 1
  • What is a Term Sheet Part 2
  • Key Concepts in Term Sheets
  • What is a Term Sheet Trying to Achieve?
  • 26 Key Components in VC Term Sheets 1 -5
  • 26 Key Components in VC Term Sheets 6 - 10
  • 26 Key Components in VC Term Sheets 11 - 15
  • 26 Key Components in VC Term Sheets 16 - 20
  • 26 Key Components in VC Term Sheets 21 - 26
  • Negotiating Term Sheets: Entrepreneurs Perspective
  • Negotiating Term Sheets: VC Perspective
  • Negotiating Term Sheets: Mutual Issues of Concern
  • US Style VC Term Sheet Example

Section 14: Equity Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

  • What is Crowdfunding?
  • The Advantages of Equity Crowdfunding for the Investor
  • The Disadvantages of Crowdfunding for the Investor

Section 15: How to Evaluate a Crowdfunding Opportunity?

  • Introduction to How to Evaluate a Crowdfunding Opportunity
  • The Key Data You Need To Know For Any Opportunity
  • Let’s take a look now at Management Skills
  • Management Experience is important as well...
  • You must take a look at the Management's Commitment!
  • Product Market
  • So, how unique is this product?
  • What is the Competition like?
  • Does the Product have (all important) traction?
  • How profitable is the product and therefore the investment?
  • Let’s take a look at the most critical factor, Cash Flow!
  • Finally, let’s see what this all means for your Investment Returns
  • Discover how you can turn this information into a Methodology!
  • Let’s Summarise this Section with the 10 Most Important Factors
  • Lecture Notes PDF Downloadable Resource

Section 16: Introduction with Andrew Monk, CEO iolight about his Crowdfunding Experience

  • Introduction
  • Why did you go for Equity Crowdfunding?
  • What did you do early on to ensure success?
  • How did you go about lining up your 25%
  • Did you set about trying to collect email addresses?
  • Let’s have the Investor Conversation
  • Are there any mistakes looking back you may have made?
  • So what is it like by the end of week three?
  • How does Crowdcube get the money to you?
  • Are there any other tools you used that you can recommend?
  • Bonus: Discussion about Campaign Videos
  • Bonus: Detailed Notes on this Section to Download - PDF Attached

Section 17: Summary and Wrap Up

  • Course Summary and Wrap Up


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