2798 Venture Finance: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital

Course Details

This practical one-day seminar will show entrepreneurs how to create a comprehensive Financial Budget and a compelling Executive Summary for their business, as well as provide a practical understanding of the elusive and sometimes intimidating capital markets. 

A framework will be established within which the entrepreneur will be able to 1) determine whether a business or venture is ready for financing; 2) compile a comprehensive investor presentation package; 3) develop an appropriate strategy and approach for presentation of the opportunity to the right type of investors; and 4) follow the necessary steps to successfully close the financing transaction. 

Real world (first hand) business case studies will be employed to help entrepreneurs avoid the most commonly made mistakes in this capital raising process.  The course is intended to be interactive and participative, with in-class discussions being geared to the real life situations encountered by the participants wherever possible.

Learner Outcomes

  • How to create a compelling, comprehensive Executive Summary and Financial Budget
  • Understand the available financing types, which is right for you, and where it is available
  • Common sense strategies for how to secure and conduct initial meetings with investors
  • Understand the investor review process, and how to move it to a formal investment offer 
  • Overview of investment offer documentation
  • Proven deal negotiation strategies to agree on a final structure that works for both sides
  • Working with service providers to complete the due diligence and legal closing process
  • How to maintain a successful relationship with investors


You are welcome to bring your own lunch and refreshments or take advantage of one of the many restaurants in the area.  This is a good opportunity to become better acquainted with the other participants in a casual setting and review the morning session.

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