Fundraising Strategy and Startup Financing

Fundraising strategy and financing vehicles for early stage startups.

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Fundraising can be scary and overwhelming, especially if this is your first time.

Do you find yourself in any of these situations?

Not sure what's the right time to start fundraising.

Do not know how to start reaching the investors and/or where to find them.

Want to protect yourself during fundraising, but don't know what to pay attention to.

Not sure what the difference is between equity, SAFE, and convertible debt. What should you choose?

Thinking about working with an accelerator, but do not know if you really need it or how to select the right one.

Don't know which fundraising materials are required at each stage.

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This course is part of our Flagship Finance 5-Course Series “Impress Investors with Robust Financials and Credibly Value Your Company”. You will receive $125 off if you register for all five courses. Learn more details HERE.

This course is specifically designed for founders of early-stage startups. No prior finance knowledge is required. We explain everything from scratch.

What will you learn:

How to create the investors pipeline and which tools to use for investor research and outreach.

What you need to have ready for fundraising.

How to choose an accelerator which is the best fit for you and evaluate if you need one at all.

Three main financing vehicles: equity, SAFE, convertible debt; how they work, and pros and cons of each.

Control and information rights and other deal breakers to watch out for.

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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.

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.

Over 1000 founders have already taken our course and love it. Read their testimonials using the button below.

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Your Instructor

Victoria Yampolsky, CFA
Victoria Yampolsky, CFA

Victoria Yampolsky, CFA, is a serial entrepreneur and an experienced business & finance executive with extensive startup experience. She is the President and Founder of The Startup Station, an education and consulting company specializing in modeling and valuing early-stage ventures.

The Startup Station helps startups articulate their business case to investors from the financial point of view. We create a detailed strategic roadmap, a robust financial plan and a resulting valuation that outline business logic, drivers, financial goals, and key metrics for their company. The Startup Station has worked with over 100 startups across 15+ industries ranging from manufacturing to technology, consumer electronics, medical devices to fashion, media & entertainment, and has helped founders raise over $50M in startup capital.

Victoria has also developed a comprehensive seven-course finance curriculum geared to entrepreneurs of early-stage ventures with little to no knowledge of finance. To-date more than 1,000 founders have completed the courses and learned the basics of accounting, financial modeling, valuation, and startup financing.

Victoria is a speaker and an advisor to multiple startups 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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