Welcome to Introduction to Start-Up Fundraising & Angel Investing!
Start-up fundraising & angel Investing are very much two sides of the same coin and, as such, the lessons here provide a comprehensive look into what both sides of the table commonly think, deal with, and negotiate around, ultimately providing you with a solid, in depth introduction.
Course components include videos, accompanying slidedecks, worksheets, self-assessment quizzes & a final exam, and are filled with relevant real-world examples.
Specific guidance and lecturer bios can be found under each Session subtopic.
This session will introduce you to the (1) major investment types along the capital stack, from early to late stage investment opportunities and the risks/rewards along the stack and (2) key qualitative due diligence topics that are essential to evaluate prior to making an investment in a venture. In Session 2, the more quantitative aspects of due diligence will be covered.
A core component of any investment consideration is the financial assessment, viability, sustainability and growth potential of a venture. For new angel investors and entrepreneurs, this session introduces financial concepts and analyses of start-up ventures, company valuation and term sheet structures to best prepare both sides of the negotiating table. Introductory topics include:
- Financial Statements – How to Read and Begin to Analyze Them
- Financial Due Diligence of a Venture
- Valuation of Companies
- Capitalization Tables
- Term Sheets
This session brings together all the topics covered in both Session 1 & 2, so you can begin to comprehensively assess prospective ventures as an experienced investor would OR, if an entrepreneur, prepare your fundraising portfolio from A-Z in anticipation of what investors will seek. This is a very hands-on session requiring calculators and worksheets.
Exercises are provided through:
1. The analysis of a mock venture, both in its early and more mature life cycle stages.
2. Real start-up case study presentations across the SaaS (software as a service), biotech and consumer sectors.
3. Final assessment + answer key.