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Course: An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Venture Capital Fund Raising

An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Venture Capital Fund Raising

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About this Course

Are you new to the complex and confusing world of venture capital finance?

If the answer is YES, then congratulations you are in the right place!

My name is John Colley and during over 30 years of investment banking, I have worked with hundreds of startups, entrepreneurs, founders and venture capital firms.

My goal here is to share some of that experience with you to enable you to understand how Venture Capital finance works.

This course is designed with you, the Founder Entrepreneur, firmly in mind!

Lets start by asking some key questions…

  • Is your business right for Venture Capital finance?
  • What are your equity and non equity financing options?
  • What are the Pros and Cons of Venture Capital finance?
  • Do you understand the Stages of Investment?
  • How should you attract and engage investors?
  • What should you know about deal structures and the investment process?
  • What are the key Deal Terms you should be aware of?
  • Summary - how to to choose the right Venture Capitalist for your business?

I have also included slide decks from every lecture which you can download.

If you have any questions or issues, you can reach out to me here. I do my best to respond to student questions promptly.

Enroll Today!

See you inside the Course!

Best regards

John

Who this course is for:

  • Any founder who is considering seeking venture capital finance
  • Any Entrepreneur who wants to learn more about the Venture Capital funding market
  • Any student of finance who wants to understand the key issues in Venture Capital Finance
Basic knowledge
  • No requirements or pre-requisites at all
What you will learn
  • Is your business right for Venture Capital finance?
  • What are your equity and non equity financing options?
  • The Pros and Cons of Venture Capital finance
  • Understand the Stages of Investment
  • How you should attract and engage investors
  • What you need to know about deal structures and the investment process
  • What are the key Deal Terms you should be aware of?
  • How to to choose the right Venture Capitalist for your business
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 34
Total Duration: 02:20:15
Introduction to the Course
  • Welcome to the Course  

    Welcome to the Course - Discover the issues we are going to be exploring in this course!

  • Why This Course Is Important To You And What We Are Going To Cover  

    In this lecture, I introduce you to the core topics of this course and explain why this is important to you as an Entrepreneur and Founder.

Is Venture Capital Right For Your Business?
  • Is Venture Capital Right For Your Business? Section Introduction  

    This lecture introduces this section and discusses the main theme and issues we will be discussing when helping you to decide if Venture Capital is right for your business.

  • Look before you leap! Setting the Agenda  

    This lecture sets the main agenda for this course and asks a very important question...

  • Key Questions For You, The Entrepreneur  

    Here are some tough questions for you to consider BEFORE you start to evaluate whether Angel or Venture Capital investment is right for your business.

  • Lets Take A Look At Your Proposed Business  

    These are FIVE key questions for you to consider about your business. Make sure that you have really convincing answers to these.

What Are Your Equity And Non Equity Financing Options
  • What Are Your Equity And Non Equity Financing Options? Section Intro  

    Its important that you are aware of your funding options and we introduce the topic for this section in this lecture.

  • What Are Your Financing Options  

    This lecture focuses on your two main non-equity funding alternatives.

  • Equity Finance Options  

    Now we consider your FIVE equity finance options to see if any will work for your business.

The Pros and Cons of Venture Capital Investment
  • The Pros and Cons of Venture Capital Investment: Section Intro  

    I want to keep a balanced view through this course, so we are going to discuss the pros and cons of Venture Capital investment.

  • What Are The Benefits Of A Partnership With A Venture Capitalist?  

    In this lecture we are considering the benefits of a partnership with a Venture Capitalist.

  • When NOT To Raise Money From a VC  

    Not wishing to put you off, I want to save you time and money if you shouldn't be raising Angel or Venture Capital funding and these are the reasons why.

  • So What Factors Should Founders Be Considering?  

    Lets take a look at some of the factors which would make a business unsuitable for Venture Capital investment.

Investment Stages Explained
  • Investment Stages Explained Section Intro  

    Understanding the different stages of financing, will help you to focus on the right investors for your business. These are introduced in this lecture.

  • Seed, Series A and Later Stages  

    These are the principle stages of Angel and Venture Capital Finance. I explain how these fit together, the size of investment and when each type of investor is going to be relevant.

  • Pre-IPO, Buyout, Buy and Build, Trade Sale, Secondary Buyouts  

    These later stages, explained in a little detail, will help you with long term planning and understanding how you might plan for your eventual business sale and exit.

How to Attract and Engage Investors
  • How to Attract and Engage Investors Section Intro  

    Attracting the right investors to your business is a key part of the process but you need the right mind set and approach.  This lecture introduces this important section.

  • How Venture Capitalists Make Money  

    You need to understand the financial motivation and business model of the Venture Capitalist as you are going to have to align your strategy to their objectives. We explain how they make money in this lecture.

  • How Angel Investors Make Money  

    In this lecture, we address the financial objectives of Angel Investors.

  • Additional Benefits from Venture Capital  

    This is a further explanation of the benefits, other than money, that you should be seeking to extract from your relationship with your Venture Capital investor.

  • What does an Investor Look for?  

    You need to know how to stand out from the crowd when approaching Venture Capital investors.  Here we explain the Three Ts that they are looking for.

  • How Can You Identify Relevant Venture Capital Investors?  

    This is the screening process you need to use to turn your long list of potential investors into a much more manageable short list.

  • How to get yourself on Investors' Radar?  

    Now we discuss the networking and engagement process in more detail to show you how you can begin to build relationships with the investors who may be a good fit with your business.

The Investment Process
  • The Investment Process Section Intro  

    In this section we are going to discuss the three stages of the investment process.

  • Investment Process - First Meeting  

    This is what you can expect up to the first meeting with a potential investor and what you need to have ready for them. As importantly we touch on what you DON'T need.

  • Investment Process - Pre-Term Sheet (4 Weeks)  

    This is what to expect in the run up to getting a Term Sheet out of your investor. Its four weeks of intensity!

  • Investment Process - Post Term Sheet (2-4 Months)  

    Once your Term Sheet is signed, there is still a lot to do and we explain it in this lecture.

Key Deal Terms
  • Key Deal Terms Section Intro  

    The Term Sheet Deal Terms are the principle terms on which you will do your deal with the investor. This section helps to explain them to you.

  • The Three Types of Investment  

    These are the three types of investment that you can expect your investors will want to make.

  • Term Sheet Deal Terms  

    This is a really important lecture where we explain the principle terms in the deal sheet in more detail.

How To Choose the Right VC
  • How To Choose the Right VC Section Intro  

    Now we are drawing the threads together to consider how you go about choosing the right Venture Capital investor.

  • Choosing the Right VC  

    These are the key FOUR factors you need to consider when making your choice about which investors might be right for your business.

Bonus: Course Audio Book
  • Course Audio Book  

    This lecture contains an audiobook of the core material in the course in which you can download and listen to at your leisure. Enjoy!

Summary and Wrap Up
  • Summary and Wrap Up  

    Congratulations on completing the Course. In this lecture, we review the key topics we have discussed and wrap things up.

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