Fundraising Education for Startups

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Fundraising is hard. You don’t have to do it alone.

The Capital Network events cover all aspects of fundraising: finding investors, pitching, due diligence, term sheets, exits and more.
If you need help understanding the fundraising process - we’ve got you covered.

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Attending TCN workshops gave me the foundation and confidence I needed to go out and start talking to investors. The workshop sessions are well organized, on-point, and conducted by knowledgeable instructors. I highly recommend TCN membership for all entrepreneurs trying to navigate the complex world of startup.

Chuck Donnelly

CEO and Founder, RockStep Solutions

The Capital Network programs have played a big role in helping me understand my growth and financing options. They truly have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem and are connected to a vibrant community of mentors and industry experts. Anyone considering a start up or moving toward financing should sign up - it’s money well spent.

Cathy Copeland

Co-Founder, CEO FriendlyU

If it wasn’t for TCN we would never have met our CEO, and we likely never would have raised our Series A. So in a very real way, we owe our startup’s success to the mentorship, guidance, and network that TCN provided.

Ben Sprecher

Founder, Former Incentive Targeting (Bought by Google)

As an investor, my job is much easier if an entrepreneur has been through TCN membership – they are versed in the key issues and grounded in the fundamentals.

Christopher Mirabile

Managing Director, Launchpad Venture Group

Resources

Rites of Passage: What Investors Mean by Due Diligence

Entrepreneurs fear due diligence mostly because they don't understand it. Here's an overview of what investors are trying to accomplish. Entrepreneurs who manage to pull a good pitch together, generate some interest, and get through a pitch successfully, still...
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Getting Your Story Straight – Pitch Deck Flow

A practical guide for entrepreneurs looking to build a compelling pitch deck with great flow that really grabs investors. Decent entrepreneurs can succinctly explain what their product does. Good entrepreneurs can describe their market and their customer. Funded...
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Avoiding The 9 Worst Pitching Thin Spots

Entrepreneurs pitching investors cannot afford thin spots in key areas. Here's a point by point guide to eliminating them. Assuming you have mastered the mechanics, flow, and choreography of your pitch, and you have a business that is fundable, and you know how to...
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One Page That Matters

The executive summary or "one-pager" is an essential document for start-ups looking to work with investors - this overview explains how to do one. Investors often talk about a "one-pager" and by that, they mean your executive summary. The executive summary is an...
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Boston Accelerators: Navigating Your Options

Every year the Capital Network hosts a panel discussion on Boston Accelerators in partnership with Morgan Lewis. What transpired this year was a lively conversation about accelerator options, making your startup stand out, and factors to consider when looking at...
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Authorized Shares: Where Do They All Go?

When forming a new company, founders are immediately faced with the question of how many shares the company should initially authorize (i.e. the maximum number of Common shares the company may initially issue). This information goes right in the company’s Charter, so...
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Vesting: The Founders’ Friend

When founders are ready to grant founder stock, the vesting question naturally arises. The founder imagines a scenario where their company is sold and they are fired, and worries how their ownership would be impacted. A green founder might think that the solution is...
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Representations, Warranties, and the Disclosure Schedule

    One of the most important documents in a traditional equity financing is the Stock Purchase Agreement (SPA). Entrepreneurs will often agonize over pre-money valuation liquidation preference, etc. (and rightfully so). However, the Representations and...
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Crowdfunding Options for Startups

Early-stage companies need tremendous amounts of cash to grow rapidly. Yet, angel groups and venture-capital firms are not usually a realistic option for early stage startups. Additionally, entrepreneurs often find that financing options such as savings, friends, family, and bank loans, even if available, cannot cover the high startup costs attendant to growing a business. Recently, the media has anointed “crowdfunding” as the solution to this startup capital gap. But what exactly is crowdfunding?

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Entity Selection for Startups

Entrepreneurs will face a huge number of decisions as they move from concept to commercialization. One of the first major decisions is what type of legal entity to form in order to move their great ideas forward. Why does it matter? Because different entities have very different rules regarding limited liability, management and control flexibility, capital structure, tax efficiency and eligible investors.

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