Course Description

HOW CAN THIS COURSE HELP YOU?

This course, is designed to help level the playing field for entrepreneurs who either are planning to or are considering raising money from investors. 

If you are raising money for your startup for the first time, you are at a huge disadvantage! Investors see dozens, even hundreds, of pitches a year, you know only about your deal and maybe a few of your friends' deals.  

You can find many courses and commentaries from angel and VC investors out there, many of them free.  And they can be useful, at least to see what investors say publicly.  But, raising money is the negotiation of a lifetime - and you can bet that all of those investors aren't revealing all of their negotiating secrets online!  

This course gets you behind the scenes with an experienced entrepreneur and mentor so you better understand, up front, how the startup money game is played:  what motivates investors, some of the secrets only insiders know, and the ways you can "poison the well" and kill your deal. 

Don't kid yourself, many entrepreneurs fail in their attempts to raise capital, even if they have a great concept, strong team and are willing work hard.  Why? Many times it's because they don't know what they don't know, and they don't know how the game is played.  Don't let that be you!

People ask why VentureWrench charges for this course - easy - because we only want serious entrepreneurs to take it.  But if you are serious, this course can save you time, money and aggravation.  It may even help you save your company.

For only $649, you get 4 1/2 hours of behind the scenes content from an experienced entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars! 

If you complete this course, you will better understand how angel and venture investors work, you will learn how your company fits in the investors' mental landscape, and you will be able to develop all the tools you need, right alongside the tutorials, to begin the fundraising process, including an elevator pitch, executive summary and pitch deck as well as clarity on the need for good financials.

President & CEO and co-Founder, Enclavix, LLC, Creator of AI-Powered VentureWrench Startup Coaching Community, Private Company Board Member, Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Capital Coach, Successful Fundraiser

Nicole Toomey Davis

Nicole Toomey Davis is President & CEO of Enclavix, LLC, creators of VentureWrench.com, a free online application that uses artificial intelligence to curate the most useful resources for entrepreneurs. Ms. Davis is a serial entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars from angel and VC investors as well as over $1.2 million in funding from the NSF SBIR program.  She has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and spent 6 years running a grant funding program for the State of Utah to help bring to market some of the state's most advanced technologies. Ms. Davis blogs at Notes.Venturewrench.comThis course is an extension of a presentation she has been asked to give to many groups of entrepreneurs to help level the playing field with investors! Ms. Davis holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a published author, with both textbook contributions and press articles to her credit, and is frequently called upon to speak at industry events and has been recognized by her peers with many industry awards.  

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Designing the Perfect Investor

    • Welcome to Designing the Perfect Investor - Raising Money for your Startup

    • Introduction Video of Designing the Perfect Investor

    • VentureWrench Workbook Chapters 1-9 - Designing the Perfect Investor

    • VentureWrench Workbook Chapters 10-bonus - Designing the Perfect Investor

    • VentureWrench Guide to Investor Capital - More Insights on Investors

  • 2

    Chapter 2 - How This Course can Help you Raise Money for your Startup

  • 3

    Chapter 3 Be In the Market

    • 3 Be In The Market

    • Where Are YOU In Your Market - SWOT Analysis

    • Key Customer Benefits Worksheet

    • Competition Worksheet

    • Intellectual Property Worksheet

    • Financial View Worksheet

  • 4

    Chapter 4 Know Yourself

    • 4 Know Yourself

    • Worksheet - Know Yourself

  • 5

    Chapter 5 Who are your Big Friends?

    • Who are Your Big Friends?

    • Worksheet - Who are Your Big Friends?

  • 6

    Chapter 6 Identify Your Theme

    • Identify Your Theme

    • Worksheet - Identify Your Theme

  • 7

    Chapter 7 Understanding What Drives Angel Investors

    • Understanding What Drives Angel Investors

  • 8

    Chapter 8 How Venture Capital Firms Work

    • Chapter 8 How Venture Capital Firms Work!

  • 9

    Chapter 9 The Designer Investor!

    • The Designer Investor!

    • Your Designer Investor - Worksheet and Description Pages

  • 10

    Chapter 10 Explain Yourself - Overview of Tools of the Trade

  • 11

    Chapter 11 Tools of the Trade - Develop Your Basic Elevator Pitch

    • Develop Your Elevator Pitch

    • Your Turn Elevator Pitch Outline

    • Elevator PItch Alternative Model Worksheet

  • 12

    Chapter 12 Tools of the Trade - Elevate your Elevator Pitch!

    • Elevate Your Elevator Pitch

    • Worksheet - Add Wow!

  • 13

    Chapter 13 Tools of the Trade - Execute an Amazing Executive Summary

    • Execute an Amazing Executive Summary

    • An Example of an Executive Summary

  • 14

    Chapter 14 Tools of the Trade - Batter Up for an Awesome Pitch Deck

    • Your Awesome Pitch Deck - Part 1

    • Your Awesome Pitch Deck - Part 2

    • Pitch Deck 15 Slide Worksheet

    • Pitch Deck 10 Slide Worksheet

    • Pitch Deck 12-20 Slide Canaan Model Worksheet

  • 15

    Chapter 15 Finessing Your Financials

    • Tools of the Trade - Finessing your Financials

  • 16

    Chapter 16 Dialing for Dollars

    • Dialling for Dollars

    • Some tricks to find angels

    • InvestorFind can Help

    • InvestorFind™ Launch Announcement

  • 17

    Chapter 17 Getting to Yes! from Investors

    • Getting to Yes!

  • 18

    Chapter 18 Take More Money Than You Think You Need and Other PItfalls

    • Take More More Money than you think you need and other pitfalls

  • 19

    Bonus Content - Some Alternatives to Raising Money from Investors

    • Bonus Content - Alternatives to Investor Financing to Consider

    • VentureWrench Sources of (other types) of Startup Capital

  • 20

    Do You Want More Help?

    • If you want more help....

Reviews

5 star rating

Don't wait to take this course. If you are starting up, ...

Jeff Hirst

When I started to work on my startup, there was so much I didn’t know and I spent years learning as I went. When I got introduced to Enclavix and their reso...

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When I started to work on my startup, there was so much I didn’t know and I spent years learning as I went. When I got introduced to Enclavix and their resources, I was so impressed with how well the information was organized. It was concise and to the point. The course provided very valuable shortcuts, tips and tricks that I hadn’t heard. I wish I would have taken this course earlier in my process because it would have helped me to be more prepared and more effective in my fundraising efforts. It also would have given me the insights and knowledge to avoid some mistakes I made, such as what investors are really looking and how to approach raising funds. The course provides the “insider” tips that you don’t hear as directly and as candidly anywhere else. I also chose to do some personal coaching with Enclavix, which was very valuable because it helped me to get customized help and guidance that was crucial for us. I want to thank Nicole and her team for creating this valuable resource and I recommend it to any entrepreneur who wants to understand fundraising better and how to prepare their businesses for the next steps

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Valuable insight

S Jones

This course helped me so much, particularly as I was developing my introduction and elevator pitch. Nicole walked me step by step through the process of bei...

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This course helped me so much, particularly as I was developing my introduction and elevator pitch. Nicole walked me step by step through the process of being able to clearly communicate my vision to potential investors and customers. She made it easy!

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Jeremy N., entrepreneur and former Managing Director Fund...

Jeremy Neilson

I have attended a number of Nicole's courses and have found each one enlightening, relevant and very helpful. I learn something new each time.

I have attended a number of Nicole's courses and have found each one enlightening, relevant and very helpful. I learn something new each time.

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Serial Entrepreneur and former State Science Advisor for ...

Greg Jones

Nicole has helped mentor many entrepreneurs, in addition to her own startups. She has shared so many insider secrets about raising money in this course, it ...

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Nicole has helped mentor many entrepreneurs, in addition to her own startups. She has shared so many insider secrets about raising money in this course, it is a one of a kind opportunity for entrepreneurs. Nicole is also a natural teacher and is very easy to listen to. Take this course, you'll be glad you did - you'll save many hours and many frustrations by learning how to be an effective entrepreneur

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