Venture Financing

Make your start-up venture attractive to venture capital investors


the only A-to-Z step-by-step venturepreneur's guide to Venture Financing


Step-by-Step Guide To Venture Financing Venture Presentation Guidelines Start-up Business Plan: Executive Summary Start-up Business Plan Start-up Business Plan: Executive Summary Milestone Chart Cash Flow Forecast Management Team Start-up Business Plan Due Diligence Worksheet Investors Selection Criteria: Business Anagels and VC Firms Due Diligence: Study Areas Initial Screening: Company Assessment Worksheet Initial Screening: Company Assessment Worksheet Due Diligence Negotiating and Closing the Deal Valuation of a Start-up Company Legal Contract: Structuring the Deal Funding: Typical Terms of Preferred Stock Issued to Venture Capitalists Venture Financing Ten3 Business e-Coach: why, what, and how Venture Management VENTURE FINANCING (Ten3 Mini-course): Step-by-Step Guide - How To Make Your Business Attractive to Venture Capital Investors

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1. Understanding the Venture Financing Chain

        Venture Financing Chain       

        Case in Point: A Financial Chronology of

        Start-Up Capital Formation Process

        Providers of Finance Throughout the Evolution of an Entrepreneurial Firm

        The Equity Gap

        Pre-IPO Company Ownership (Examples)

        Start-Up Business Success: 10 Steps

        Realization of Financial Returns for VC Investor and Exit Strategies

2. Venture Capital Basics

        Selecting Type of Finance: Debt of Equity?       

        Specific Features of the Venture Capital

        Language of the Venture Capital

        Venture Capital Funding Stages

        Main Sources of Funds for Entrepreneurial Firms

        Distribution of Venture Capitalist Exit Routes and Realized Gains

3.   Understanding Venture Capital Investors

         Differences Between Business Angels and Venture Capital Firms

         Who Are Business Angels

         Samples of Successful Business Angel Deals

         Typical Angel Investments

         The Pros and Cons of Business Angel Investments

         Involvement of Business Angels in the Venture

         VC-funded High-tech Start-ups: Probability of Success

         Characteristics of VC Firms Most Important to Entrepreneurs

         Growing Corporate Venture Investing

         Dealing With Banks

4. Introducing Venture Opportunity To Investors

        Venture Capitalists at the First Round Seek...

        Key Documentation To Be Prepared By the Entrepreneur  See the slide

        How To Introduce Your Opportunity To a Venture Capital Company

        Milestone-based Operations and Funding

        Outline for Presentation to Investors

        Start-Up Business Plan

        Business Plan Review by VC Investors

5. Opportunity Evaluation By Investors

        The Process and Success Rates

        Specific Characteristics of Young Firms: an Investor's View

        10 Most Important Investment Criteria

        Aspects Leading to Rejecting an Investment Opportunity

        What VC Firms Look For In a Business Plan

        Due Diligence: Study Areas

        Factors That Are Analyzed and Verified During Due Diligence

6. Negotiating and Structuring the Deal

        Required Rate of Return for Different Business Stages

        Ownership Required To Support a 30% Return

        Valuating a Start-Up Company: 9 Typical Ways

        Negotiations: Value Claiming vs. Value Creation

        8 Key Elements of a Great Deal

        Characteristics of Sensible Deals

For the vast majority of companies, having well-defined visions and mission statements changes nothing. The exercise of crafting them is a complete waste of time and talent if visions and mission statements are used for nothing but being published in the annual report and displayed in a reception area. To be able to energize employees to work towards corporate goals, visions and missions should be more than a sign on the wall. Executives and managers should live them, be seen living them, and constantly communicate them to their employees.
Vision is a short, succinct, and inspiring statement of what the organization intends to become and to achieve at some point in the future, often stated in competitive terms. Vision refers to the category of intentions that are broad, all-intrusive and forward-thinking.  It is the image that a business must have of its goals before it sets out to reach them. It describes aspirations for the future, without specifying the means that will be used to achieve those desired ends.
Mission Statement
A mission statement is an organization's vision translated into written form. It makes concrete the leader's view of the direction and purpose of the organization. For many corporate leaders it is a vital element in any attempt to motivate employees and to give them a sense of priorities
Setting Goals
The major outcome of strategic road-mapping and strategic planning, after gathering all necessary information, is the setting of goals for the organization based on its vision and mission statement. A goal is a long-range aim for a specific period. It must be specific and realistic. Long-range goals set through strategic planning are translated into activities that will ensure reaching the goal through operational planning.
Strategic Intent
A strategic intent is a company's vision of what it wants to achieve in the long term. It must convey a significant stretch for your company, a sense of direction, discovery, and opportunity that can be communicated as worthwhile to all employees. It should not focus so much on today's problems but rather on tomorrow's opportunities.


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