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FG Fundraising Cohort
Raising Money to Scale Your Startup
FG Fundraising Cohort Curriculum
An Investor’s Perspective
What makes investors excited about some startups, but not others? Is it the product, the traction, the market, the team, the story, or something else entirely? In this live training, you will hear directly from a seasoned investor about what metrics really matter, so you can focus your energy, and stop wasting your efforts on things that don’t really matter.
Investors are interested in money. In order for you to get their attention, you must be able to talk about the monetary value of your company – not only as it stands today, but it’s potential to grow into the future. Being able to create financial projections that tell an attractive story about your company is key to getting an investor to say yes.
How I Raised Money
Pitching Angels and Scouts
There are many sources of capital to scale your tech startup, and one of the best places to look is amongst angel investor groups and VC scout programs. As more tech founders and employees generate wealth, they are now becoming angel investors, and as more VC firms compete for the best deal flow, they are now starting scout programs. During this panel, you will hear from angels and scouts about best practices on finding, pitching, and closing them.
All businesses are legal entities, and when it comes to securing money from investors to grow your tech startup, it is vital that you have a great lawyer in your corner. This live training will cover the most essential legal matters that every tech startup founder should prioritize, in order to be eligible to accept funding from outside sources.
Perfecting Your Pitch
Live Expert Trainings
For six consecutive weeks, you will receive live training from Founder Gym’s expert trainers. All live trainings will be facilitated by Paige Hendrix Buckner, Chief Operating Officer of Founder Gym. Paige has supported over 500 founders in their completion of Founder Gym’s rigorous training program and is on hand to ensure all founders are set up to both graduate from the FG Fundraising Cohort and succeed beyond its completion.
Training Sessions Facilitated By
FG Fundraising Cohort 18 Trainers
Trainers will be added as they are announced.
During the FG Fundraising Cohort, every founder must complete their fundraising toolkit in order to graduate. The toolkit includes the most essential materials needed to successfully raise startup capital. Once a founder becomes a FG Graduate, their fundraising toolkit is shared with Founder Gym’s exclusive network of accelerator directors, angel investors, venture capitalists, startup lawyers, funded-founders, and ecosystem partners in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Below is a list of the investor groups in the Founder Gym community:
- 500 Startups
- Afore Capital
- Andreessen Horowitz
- Backstage Capital
- Base 10
- Base Ventures
- Catalyst Fund
- Cleo Capital
- Collaborative Fund
- Cowboy Ventures
- Cross Culture Ventures
- Defy VC
- Emerson Collective
- First Round Capital
- General Catalyst
- Harlem Capital
- Kapor Capital
- Learn Capital
- Lightspeed Venture Partners
- MaC Venture Capital
- Maveron Ventures
- New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
- Overkill Ventures
- Owl Ventures
- Precursor Ventures
- Reach Capital
- Sequoia Capital
- Sterling Road
- Storm Ventures
- Unshackled Ventures
- Unusual Ventures
- Y Combinator
- XYZ Venture Capital
Exclusive Video Library
Over 100 accelerator directors, angel investors, venture capitalists, startup lawyers, and funded-founders in Silicon Valley and beyond have joined Founder Gym to train the next generation of successful tech startup founders. Founders selected for the FG Fundraising Cohort will receive exclusive access to Founder Gym’s extensive video library that features world-class trainings from select FG Expert Trainers, including:
Topic: Funding Sources
Topic: Inside the Mind of a VC
Topic: The Metrics That Matter
Topic: Communication Counts
Topic: Founder-to-Founder Advice
Topic: Sealing the Deal
Topic: Fundraising for Founders Based Outside the United States
Topic: Legal Matters
Topic: Equity Crowdfunding
Topic: The FInances of Fundraising
Structure to Succeed
If you already had everything you needed to succeed, you would not be here. The truth is, everyone needs help to get where they want to go, and Founder Gym is here to provide you with an inclusive community, rigorous accountability, and a clear roadmap that will get you the results you have been searching for. Founder Gym has custom-designed a virtual experience unlike anything out there, and our model continues to prove effective in accelerating founder success.
Global Community of Founders
Being a founder is definitely hard. Being a founder can also be extremely lonely. The Founder Gym community consists of more than 613 founders living in 26 countries that span 6 continents! Once you join our ranks, you will never again have to navigate the entrepreneurial journey alone. Seeking feedback on a go-to-market strategy? Someone in our community can give you advice. Preparing for an upcoming investor meeting? Founders in our community love to help each other practice. Looking for great talent to join your team? Our graduates have amazing networks you can leverage. Our motto at Founder Gym is “We All Go Up Together,” because we know it’s going to take all of us working together in order to succeed.
What People Are Saying
Founder Gym does not take equity in startups; we are an application and fee-based training program. Just like college, you must apply to be admitted, and if accepted, a tuition fee is required. The FG Fundraising Cohort is a professional development opportunity for tech startup founders who are ready to make an investment in their growth.
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Read about FG Graduates
FG has trained 613 founders in 26 countries on 6 continents. Read the powerful stories of our founders and the way that Founder Gym helped them gain the confidence and knowledge to level up their fundraising and founder skills.
Apply to the FG Fundraising Cohort
Set aside 30 minutes to complete the FG Fundraising Cohort application. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will be notified and be able to secure one of the limited spots in the cohort. Once the cohort reaches capacity, it will be closed, so take action quickly.
Read this article for tips on how to submit a great application.
Get Notified of Your Status
The earlier you submit your application, the earlier you will be notified of your admittance status. All applicants will receive an email notifying them if they have been admitted in.
Confirm Your MembershipWITHIN 72 HOURS
Once you receive the email notification that you are admitted into the FG Fundraising Cohort, you will have 72 hours (or 3 days) to accept the invitation and submit the $500 down payment for your tuition.
Begin the FG Fundraising Cohort
You will attend the mandatory orientation, which is where you will meet your Gymmates, receive a detailed overview of the programming, and hear from invited FG Graduates who will share their best advice for what it takes to succeed in the FG Fundraising Cohort.
Graduate from the FG Fundraising Cohort
You did it! You completed one of the most intense founder training programs. Now it’s time to use your new knowledge, network, and know-how to take your startup to the next level.