Don’t waste time raising money the hard way. In this crash course in venture capital, Katherine Hague will prepare you to raise money for your startup using real-life case studies and hands-on interactive exercises.
You’ll learn best practices from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. You’ll save hours of trial and error (and failed pitches) and hit the fundraising trail with confidence.
What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it
By the end of this live, hands-on, online course, you’ll have:
- An effective plan to hit the fundraising trail for your company
- A solid understanding of core venture capital concepts
- The confidence to negotiate key terms in a funding deal
- A well-developed and expertly-honed investor pitch
This course is for you if…
- You are a hardware startup founder (or are on the management team of a startup) and you need to raise your first round of outside capital to grow your business
- You are a small business owner considering external financing
- You are a C-level employee at an early stage company
- You are an aspiring entrepreneur
- Some experience founding or working at a startup is an asset, but is not required
- A laptop with access to PowerPoint or Keynote and a spreadsheet application
- No previous experience in venture capital or fundraising required
Final presentations will be submitted and evaluated by the instructor.
About the instructor
Katherine Hague (@KatherineHague) is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of Female Funders, an online destination dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of female angel investors. She is the author of O’Reilly’s upcoming book, Funded: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Your First Round. Prior to leading Female Funders, Katherine founded ShopLocket—acquired in 2014 by PCH—the company behind some of your favorite tech brands and accessories. Katherine was recently named one of the Women to Watch in Wearables and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has been quoted in the New York Times on fashion tech and recently interviewed for the Oprah Winfrey Network.
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Katherine Hague with advice for would-be entrepreneurs.
“Angel investment and venture capital can be a very intimidating and mysterious world. There was no easy answer on where to go to learn or whom to talk to. Katherine was an incredible resource to help me learn about all things investing. Katherine uses her great network of entrepreneurs and investors to collect best practices from across the industry. After years of ‘not feeling ready,’ Katherine has given me the confidence to take on the venture capital world.”
“Working with Katherine has been a great educational and connecting experience! Her unique teaching method makes it easy to put theory into immediate practice by giving access to live deals, and learnings from the industry’s thought leaders.”
The fundamentals — Everything you need to understand about how venture financing works
- Investors: Who they are and what they’re looking for (15 min)
- Alternatives to venture capital (15 min)
- The mechanics of venture capital (15 min)
Hands-on exercises — Taking a deep dive into real-life case studies
- Case study (15 min)
- Simulation (30 min)
Lunch (60 min)
Your plan — Building your fundraising strategy
- Crafting your story (15 min)
- Creating an investor pipeline (15 min)
- Structuring your funding round (15 min)
- Closing & planning for the future rounds (15 min)
Group exercise — Crafting your story
- Organize into teams of 3–8 people (10 min)
- Build a fundraising plan (45 min)
- Lightning talk presentations (20 min)
- Concluding discussion / Q&A (15 min)
Register now; June 8 is just around the corner.
Participate in this workshop from the convenience of your home, your office… whatever environment you find most comfortable and conducive to an intensive educational experience.
Individual ticket plus the ability to correspond with Katherine Hague for 2 weeks after the course ends.
Working as a team? Learn as a team.
Taking this course as a team ensures that everyone is on the same page and understands the long term and immediate goals of your project. Exploring new ideas and collaborating on exercises together is a great team building effort and everyone on your team will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss use cases and learn from other participants.
For group tickets and enterprise licensing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have registered, further details about joining the workshop will be available in your members.oreilly.com account, along with related ebooks and files. After the event concludes, a video of the event will be added to your account.Back to top