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Course # 5 - Fundraising Strategy and Startup Financing

Fundraising strategy and financing vehicles for early stage startups.

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This is the fifth course in our two Flagship 5-course series "How to build proforma financial statements, model, value, and finance early-stage software and service startups" and "How to build proforma financial statements, model, value, and finance early-stage product startups."

You will receive $100 off if you register for all five courses. Other package options are also available.

NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF FINANCE IS REQUIRED.

This course offers:

  • LIFETIME ACCESS to 2 hours of easy-to-understand MBA-level finance lectures;
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to 120+ practice questions;
  • AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IMMEDIATELY: All PowerPoint and Excel materials; and
  • THREE-MONTH ACCESS to corresponding live workshops.

What if you are confused?

Support: LIFETIME ACCESS to a private Facebook group where you can interact with Victoria Yampolsky and other students.

Finance can be scary, but don’t worry - we are here to help you every step of the way. There are two levels of help we offer:

1. After enrollment, you will have access to a private Facebook group where you can interact with other students and ask questions. Victoria oversees the group and will help you if other students don’t know the answers.

2. If you need support beyond the Facebook group, you can also ask Victoria questions by email.

Curriculum for Course # 5: Fundraising Strategy and Financing Vehicles for Early-Stage Startups.

  • How to look for investors;
  • Which legal documents are required for an equity raise;
  • How to evaluate accelerators;
  • The structure of an Equity investment:
    • Anti-dilution clauses,
    • Preferred stock,
    • Warrants, and
    • Other clauses.
  • The structure of a SAFE investment:
    • How does it work?
    • Conversion triggers: acquisition and the next round of financing; and
    • Methods to determine an equity stake upon conversion: valuation cap and discount rate.
  • The structure of a Convertible Debt investment:
    • Similarities to and differences from a SAFE investment;
  • Control and information rights; and
  • Pros and cons of equity, SAFE and convertible debt.


Your Instructor


Victoria Yampolsky, CFA
Victoria Yampolsky, CFA

Victoria Yampolsky, CFA, is President and Founder of The Startup Station, a comprehensive resource for modeling and valuing early-stage startups. She specializes in the financial modeling and valuation of pre-revenue companies and evaluates the financial feasibility of business models. Since founding The Startup Station in 2013, she has advised companies across more than ten industries, ranging from technology, manufacturing, and consumer products to media, entertainment, and fashion.

She also created a finance curriculum for early-stage founders and launched The Startup Station's educational program in 2015. Since then, hundreds of founders have attended The Startup Station finance classes and learned the basics of financial modeling, valuation, and startup financing.

Victoria is an advisor to DreaMe, Opkix, and Stringflix, as well as a founder of several ventures in media and entertainment. Previously, Victoria worked for Deutsche Bank and was a technology consultant with CapGemini's Financial Services Division. Victoria holds a Bachelor's Degree, Cum Laude, in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from Cornell University and an MBA, with honors, from Columbia Business School. Victoria is also on the Advisory Board of the Computing and Information Science (CIS) Department of Cornell University.


Frequently Asked Questions


How long is each course?
Each course has anywhere from 75 min to 120 min of lecture material and approximately 5-15 additional practice questions per video. Each video is 5-15 minutes long. You may need a few hours to complete the practice questions, especially for the courses that include financial modeling. You may purchase solutions to all the questions that include creating a financial model separately, in case you are unable to complete them on your own.
How long do I have access to the course?
All PowerPoint and Excel materials are available for download immediately after purchase. You have lifetime access to all video materials and quizzes.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds, because when you sign up, you gain access to the class materials and can download them. I recommend watching the FREE introduction video and reading the testimonials and the course agenda before signing up to help ensure that each particular course is useful to you.
How can you contact the instructor?
You can contact Victoria Yampolsky at [email protected]

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