INVESTOR MATCHING PROGRAM BY ASTRA GLOBAL AND THE STARTUP STATION
The Startup Station, an education and consulting company specializing in modeling and valuing early-stage ventures, and Astra Global, a global business development company specializing in startup funding connecting high potential startups of different stages with global leading VCs, are launching the brand new Investor Matching Program. To date, our startups have raised in excess of $50M in capital. We have access to 5000+ investors (20% angels/ HNW and 80% VCs, including early-stage). Check out our past events and investors who participated!
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Typical investor networking events and pitch competitions are similar to blind dates - you never know what you are going to get. Investors don't know enough about the startup founders and startup founders don't know if investors they are meeting are the right fit for their business.
You also rarely get the necessary support to be able to present your company in the best light, especially from the financial point of view, and have the maximum chances of success. As a result, most events and competitions are used to practice pitches rather than to make valuable connections and close financing.
Our Investor Matching Program is uniquely designed to only give you access to the investors already interested in your startup. Further, to be in the best position to present and close the deal, you will also go through a preparatory program before the investor meetings to address any weaknesses in your pitch and financials.
BENEFITS FOR YOU
1. Assess if your startup is marketable by having your pitch sent out to 200 investors specializing in your sector and stage.
2. Get warm intros to any investor who expressed interest in your startup.
3. Get investor-ready through four individual one-hour reviews focused on your business case, financials, and delivery.
4. If you receive sufficient investor interest, meet with investors during our Investor Matching Event, and continue the relationship afterwards.
HOW IT WORKS
Eligibility for this round: any tech startup raising Seed, Series A, or Series B round.
Phase I "Pre-assessment": $30. The selection process ends on November 1st, 11:59 pm EST. Results announced on November 6th.
Step 1: You submit a 2-min video pitch. Once you register for Phase 1, we will send you an example of a successful video pitch from our past contestants as well as a presentation with detailed instruction of how the video should be structured.
Step 2: We send your pitch to 200+ investors investing in your industry + stage and they will vote whether or not they are interested.
Step 3: If you get at least five votes, you advance to the next stage. If you get less than five votes, you can still get investors intros to those investors who expressed interest.
Further, if you get less than five or no votes, you can still participate in the Phase II Preparation program and improve your pitch and re-apply for Pre-Assessment in the future. We will be in touch with more details for all such applicants.
To advance to Phases II and III, you must make the second payment of $620 by November 12th.
Phase II "Preparation": November 13th - December 2nd
*If you are a part of the accelerator or a current client
of The Startup Station, contact us for a discount.
Many startup founders make the same mistakes when preparing their investor materials:
- They focus too much on a product, and not enough on a monetization strategy.
- They don't have a compelling story.
- Their financials are disjointed from their business plan and are thus not credible, and more.
We’ve worked one-on-one and taught hundreds of founders how to present, model, and value their ventures.
We’ve designed this short program as four sixty-minute sessions to maximize your chances of success by helping you refine your pitch and financials, address any weaknesses in your business proposition, and create a compelling story for investors.
Resources: We will provide you with the required pitch deck format and examples, so that you can create a presentation that our investors expect to see. We will also provide recommendations for how the financials should be structured.
Session 1: Pitch deck review - Slide by slide comments identifying any information or logical gaps. The focus will be on creating a cohesive story backed by a robust business model.
Session 2: Financial model review A - Financial model completeness, growth assumptions by revenue stream, and go to market strategy.
Session 3: Financial model review B - Costs, including working capital and fixed assets; financial summary, valuation, as well as your venture's overall financial feasibility. Are your numbers credible, complete, and attractive for investors?
Session 4: Final review and delivery - Revised investor materials and pitch delivery.
Phase III "Investor meetings": December 3rd, 10 am EST.
Each session is structured as a thirty-min investors panel followed by targeted investor meetings where each startup team gets its own breakout room and pitches to at least five investors who already expressed interest in their startup.
We recommend each pitch to be no longer than 7 minutes long. The rest is Q&A.
All teams can stay in their breakout rooms up to one hour and will get warm intros to all investors who attended the session afterwards.
SOME OF THE INVESTORS WHO ATTENDED OUR PAST EVENTS INCLUDE: