Investors of all types want to know that
your organization is going to stay in business over time. Your financial model
is critical in demonstrating how you will sustain your business, whether for
profit (e.g., through paying customers), non-profit (e.g., through philanthropic
donations), or hybrid. These resources can help you build a compelling financial
model to attract capital for your organization.
Though the "elevator pitch" can indeed be
an important element in the fundraising process, it is often more effective to
start informal or informational conversations with investors before you need to
raise money. Here are some tools that can help.
Once you get time with a potential investor,
you have to make it count. These resources will help you build a compelling pitch
deck, including all the essential elements.
Once you convince an investor of your vision
and roadmap, you still have to structure the deal and agree on terms. This
curriculum will help you understand and negotiate terms, prepare for due
dilligence, and structure the deal.