Preparing tech-based, early stage entrepreneurs for angel and VC funding

After the programme, you will be a well-informed founder, confident of your venture's value and fully prepared to negotiate a win-win deal with investors

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Course Description

If "fortune favours the brave", then "investors favour the prepared".

Investment seeker

There is an inordinate amount of information on the web about startup financing; especially considering the very small number (less than 1%) of new ventures that actually receive financing from angel investors or venture capitalists.

If you are new to this world, you can quickly become overwhelmed trying to get to the critical advice that is both relevant and true. Furthermore, you can spend immense amounts of time getting investor doors slammed in your face (literally and figuratively) - time that could be better spent doing what you do best: launching, building and scaling your business.

We have developed this course to prepare you and your venture for funding in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

Your Instructor

Professor Simon P. Gifford
Professor Simon P. Gifford

Professor Simon Gifford is an industry professional who has assisted multinationals and public sector organisations around the world in his role as a strategy consultant. Clients have included the likes of Barclays, Arcelor, Kimberley Clark and American Express to name a few.

He is also an entrepreneur who has launched a number of businesses, the latest venture being that of Mashauri which is an online education platform used by universities to provide their students with experiential entrepreneurial education. His current role there is Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he also sits on the advisory board as a mentor to various startups and scale-ups.

He is an adjunct professor at IE Business School and other institutions where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, M&A and decision making.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on 30th May 2019 and will end on 30 July 2019. Note: all students will retain access to the material for 12 months following the finish date.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What type of material is included in the programme?
The programme consists of a mixture of videos, ebooks, slide-decks, tools, templates and links. The actual media used per lesson is based on the most appropriate for that particular learning element.


If you sign up before 25th May, you get 25% of the price - that is a saving of $50!

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"The "Readiness for Funding" course provides every first-time entrepreneur with the necessary tools and knowledge for turning ideas into investable startup ventures. Moreover, I personally had the opportunity to interact with the rest of the course participants and the course staff who proved to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Because of that, I now have a better and larger network of professionals that I can always turn to for advice."

- Lyubomir Hristev, Co-founder & Organizational Lead @ Berger Neurorobotics

" Mashauri's Readiness for Funding Programme helped me assess my big idea before pitching it for investment. It provided useful links and topics in which a potential investor to a startup could be interested. The programme was easy to follow and the mentor was sure to check all the assignments and provide comments on improvement. A video conferencing tool also helps you discuss with the mentor at a convenient time. I am grateful to Simon Gifford, my mentor, for providing his valuable guidance to my venture. "

- Bhawna Vij, Repurpose

"As a first time founder, the programme by Mashauri gave me the necessary knowledge and helped me a lot to prepare for my first funding. Thanks a lot, I would not be ABLE to do it without you, guys!"

- Piotr Comczyk, Co-Founder, Renderro.com

Course Curriculum

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  Some tools and applications to make the process easier.
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  Alternative funding instruments beyond angels and VC's
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