Founders who take this course raise venture capital

Pitched to investors
Received funding
Startups funded
Received US $500,000+

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June 5-8, 2023 @ 7-9 pm ET
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The goal of this course

Our goal is to get you so well-versed and so comfortable with the language and mechanics of raising money that a VC would be impressed by your fluency and confidence. If you can effortlessly talk deal terms, you're more likely to raise more money, on better terms, so you can build something that matters.

What you'll learn

  • After Fundraising for Startups 101, You Will Be Able To:

    ○ Find the right investors and that warm intro for a meeting.

    ○ Include the right things in your pitch deck and 5-year forecast.

    ○ Navigate a technical conversation on 3 venture deal types: Convertible Notes, SAFEs and Priced Rounds.

    ○ Identify the 7 Key Deal Terms to focus on to keep as much equity and control in your company as possible.

    ○ Push the deal to closing and start building.

Who this course is for

  • Startup Founders

  • VC Analysts, Associates & Principals

Course outline

  • Fundraising for Startups 101 is an 8-hour course, broken down into four 2-hour segments:

  • Session 1: The Basics

    • Foundational Concepts: Debt vs Equity, Cap Table, Angel vs VC
    • Deal Sequencing: basic patterns in early series of fundraising
    • Key Players in the Venture Ecosystem: Family, Friends, Angels, VC’s, Crowdfunding, Lenders
    • Key Resources: To build relationships, to stay current in your industry, to learn how to find investors and raise
  • Session 2: Preparing For Your Raise

    • Tapping Alternative Sources of Capital: Grants, Loans, Crowdfunding, Pre-Sale Campaigns
    • Founder Mindset: What to expect while raising money
    • Prep Before You Step: Investor Target List, Pitch Deck, 5-Year Forecast, Data Room
    • Timeline: The Pitch Process
  • Session 3: Seed Stage Fundraising

    • Terms of the Convertible Note
    • Terms of the SAFE
    • Pro Forma Cap Table: Your tool to predict your equity outcome
    • The 7 Drivers of Your Financial Outcome
  • Session 4: Series A Stage Fundraising

    • Terms of the Priced Round (Convertible Preferred Shares)
    • Economics vs Control in a Priced Round
    • How Employee Stock Options Plans Work
    • Managing Investor Relations & The Exit


Taught by someone who's done it

Brooke Harley
Founder & CEO, ClassRebel

Before closing her pre-seed round for Class Rebel, Brooke Harley was an angel investor who raised $32 million for her first venture capital fund. As both an investor and a founder, she has made hundreds of pitches, heard hundreds of pitches, made all of the mistakes and eeked out a few successes.

Prior to Class Rebel, Brooke reported to the C-suite at lululemon for 6 years and prior to lululemon was a corporate attorney.

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Class schedule

Attend LIVE via Zoom or buy the freshest on-demand course!
4-day class (2hr sessions) @7-9pm ET
June 5 - 8, 2023
July 10 - 13, 2023
September 11 - 14, 2023
October 16 - 19, 2023
November 13 - 16, 2023
December 11 - 14, 2023

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