Learn how to do venture deals from the experts. Techstars Cofounder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson — both renowned venture capitalists, founding partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist — are offering a free course Venture Deals. Classes begin on March 7 and registration is open now.
Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. The more you know about cap tables and term sheets, negotiating tactics and letters of intent, the better positioned you’ll be for investor meetings.
Techstars and Kauffman Fellows are partnering to offer this free resource. Venture Deals is a seven-week, team-oriented, “learn-by-doing” online course, hosted by NovoEdu, that includes educational videos from Brad and Jason, virtual team projects, worksheets, and case studies. The class takes about four to six hours a week to complete. Participants can also earn a Statement of Accomplishment certificate that can be shared on LinkedIn profiles.
In addition, enrolled participants can sign up for four exclusive live AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions with David Cohen, Techstars Cofounder and Chairman of the Board; Brad Feld; Jeff Harbach, President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows; and a Diversity Investor panel to ask them anything about the fundraising landscape and entrepreneurship.
The course outline includes:
- Week 1 – Introduction of key players/Form or join a team
- Week 2 – Fundraising/Finding the Right VC
- Week 3 – Capitalization Tables/Convertible Debt
- Week 4 – Term Sheets: Economics & Control
- Week 5 – Term Sheets Part Two
- Week 6 – Negotiations
- Week 7 – Letter of Intent/Getting Acquired