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From: Dave Lavinsky, President of Growthink
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
If you want to raise venture capital, this will be the most interesting message you ever read.
I’m about to share with you my proven system for raising venture capital that has helped more than 2,000 entrepreneurs attract over $1 Billion in funding.
My name is Dave Lavinsky, and if you don’t know me, I’m the President of Growthink. We’ve been helping entrepreneurs raise capital for more than 10 years.
The #1 Question I Get Asked...
BY FAR the biggest question I get asked by entrepreneurs... over and OVER again is... “How can I raise venture capital?”
Like it or not, the reality is that much of our success as entrepreneurs depends on our ability to secure enough funding.
But when it comes to venture capital in particular, the vast, VAST majority of entrepreneurs go about it the WRONG way...
For every 10,000 entrepreneurs who try, only a handful succeed. The harsh reality is that the other 99.9% fail.
If you go about raising venture capital like MOST entrepreneurs do, then you'll probably get the same results that most entrepreneurs do... no funding.
And if you buy-in to all the doom and gloom out there about the “slowdown” in the economy, you might even start to doubt whether it’s even possible to raise capital these days...
Why Haven’t YOU Raised Capital Yet?
The days when venture capitalists would just glance at a business plan and fork-over millions of dollars like “Monopoly” money are over -- for good. Those days ended with the Dot Com Bust more than 10 years ago. And they’re never coming back.
These days, investors are more careful and cautious than ever about what businesses they choose to fund. That means you can’t afford to make any of the “rookie” mistakes that most entrepreneurs make...
In the current environment, you need to do everything right if you want to get funded.
There’s a huge pay-off to doing it right... And, luckily for you, chances are very good that most (if not ALL) of your competitors are clueless when it comes to raising capital.
IF you know how to attract funding, you have a tremendous competitive advantage. With more funding, you can hire a world-class team, create better products/services, explode your marketing budget, and DOMINATE your competition...
And, right now, as I write this, there are still thousands of venture capitalists out there with ample “dry powder” (money they NEED to invest)... and they are hungry for attractive investment opportunities.
Your funding is out there... waiting for you to take it...
You just need to know how to find investors, and how to approach them, how to make your pitch, and – most importantly – how to seal the deal...
And while MOST entrepreneurs fail to get funded... there will always be those OTHER entrepreneurs out there, raising millions...
Why SOME Entrepreneurs Are Having
NO Trouble At All Raising Millions
I’m sure you’ve noticed this yourself...
Every week - if not every day – another company raises venture capital...
Isn’t it funny how some entrepreneurs are having no trouble raising millions - even when MOST entrepreneurs are admitting defeat and declaring that it’s “impossible” to get funding these days?
Just a few weeks ago, on April 22, 2010, another one of Growthink’s clients -- Click Forensics, Inc. -- raised $6 million in venture capital, for a total funding of $15 million over the past 2 years.
And they’re not alone... Over the past 10 years, Growthink’s clients have raised $1 Billion. Fortunately, it’s not rocket science.
You too can get the funding you need... if you take the RIGHT approach...
The #1 Reason Why Most
Entrepreneurs Don’t Get Funded?
Most entrepreneurs fail to raise capital because they ignore the fundamentals of Marketing 101...
If you’ve ever read a book about marketing, or if you’ve been in business for yourself for any period of time, then you’ve probably heard of the concept of a “target market”...
Your “target market” is that segment of customers who are most likely to be interested in buying your product or service.
So, when it comes to raising capital...
You should NEVER take a “shot-gun” approach when approaching investors... It just won’t work. You need to focus on a targeted group of investors, who will be most likely to fund your business.
This is nothing new... It’s common sense. And yet, it’s always shocking to me how most entrepreneurs ignore the fundamentals of Marketing 101 when it comes to raising capital.
And that’s the #1 reason why most entrepreneurs don’t get funded.
You may have the greatest idea ever for a new website. But if the VC you're talking to doesn't focus on web deals, then they won't care.
Or let's say you are an amazing pre-revenue healthcare company. Well, even a healthcare VC may not want to speak with you if that VC only funds companies that already have at least one paying customer.
Here’s where most entrepreneurs screw it up...
Most entrepreneurs make the mistake of “blasting” their business plans to hundreds or thousands of venture capital firms at once...
The result? No response, no meetings, no funding.
You see, venture capitalists are FLOODED with “irrelevant” business plans... and they IGNORE 99% of them... because they are NOT a good fit!
So what does all of this mean for you?
It means that you need to take a different approach... You can’t use the same old tired techniques that most entrepreneurs use...You have to find smarter, more creative tactics to get your funding...
First of all, you need to cut through the clutter...You need to target your message to the RIGHT investors...
You need to know what THEY want to hear... You need to speak their language... And you need to deliver an impressive, convincing “pitch” to them...
And then, finally, you need to know how to negotiate the deal, so you get your funding... on your terms.
And I’ll show you exactly how to do that...
But first, let me dispel a BIG myth about raising venture capital...
You Don’t Have to Be An “Insider”
to Get Funded...You Just Need to
Know How to Play the Game RIGHT
Most entrepreneurs don’t know how to play the VC game... and as a result, they start to get frustrated... and they sometimes even get a little paranoid... They start thinking that venture capitalists are their enemy...
So let me set the record straight.
Yes, of course, venture capitalists are a little greedy on the inside (just like the rest of us)...
But the average venture capitalist is NOT a “vulture” looking to prey on innocent entrepreneurs so he can steal your business ideas and take control over your company.
In reality, VCs aren’t too different from us entrepreneurs... They’re just looking for good opportunities... And the chance to strike it really, really rich.
But most venture capitalists are incredibly smart, hard-working decent, honest people...
The truth of the matter is that venture capitalists WANT you to succeed...They are really on YOUR side...They’re looking to PARTNER with great entrepreneurs to make a fortune together.
But in order to create a profitable partnership with a venture capitalist, you need to play at their level... And that means you must educate yourself... You must learn how VCs think... You need to know what makes VCs tick...
And I’ll show you everything you need to know so you can “sneak” your way into their exclusive world... make your pitch... and get your funding.
You don’t need to be an “insider”... You don’t need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth... or have an MBA from Harvard Business School to raise venture capital.
You just need to know how to play the game.
Take it from me, you can quickly learn the ropes and get the funding you deserve.
How do I know that?
Not Too Long Ago, I Didn’t Even
Know What “Venture Capital” Was...
I’m pretty much the perfect example of an “outsider” who figured out how the venture capital system really works... who then went on to raise millions.
Here’s my story:
In 1997, I moved from New York to Los Angeles to attend business school at UCLA.
Soon after school started, I joined "EA" -- the Entrepreneur's Association. And shortly thereafter, I attended the EA's first event: The Venture Capital Roundtable.
Now, nearly 15 years later, I can admit an embarrassing fact about the event. When I first heard of the event...I had no clue what "venture capital" actually was.
Sure, I had a vague idea that it had to do with getting money for start-ups, but I had no idea how venture capital really worked.
So, head down, I asked my friend Jay (who would eventually co-found Growthink with me) what venture capital was, and he explained.
Basically, I started out with no “connections”... no unfair advantages... and with no better chance of raising capital than anybody else.
But then...Just 18 months later, I was already gaining national recognition as a business planning and venture capital expert... and helping my clients raise millions.
Here’s how it happened...
When I graduated from business school, we were in the height of the “Dot Com Boom”... And nearly all of my classmates were forming new start-up businesses. And, of course, I had ideas to start a business of my own...
I was kicking around a few different business ideas at the time, but I quickly realized an obvious opportunity staring me in the face... I could write the business plans for all of my classmates who were raising capital for their start-ups!
So that’s what I did -- I personally wrote dozens of business plans in those first few months after getting my MBA. And, then right around that time, that’s when something really surprising happened...
I received a call from The Los Angeles Times. They wanted to do a feature story on me, about how I was writing business plans for all of my classmates. And things started to really snowball from there.
Suddenly, TONS of people started contacting me and asking me to write their business plans... I also started speaking on panels alongside venture capitalists... giving entrepreneurs advice on how to raise capital... and helping my clients at Growthink develop business plans so they could attract funding.
Personally, I never set out to be known as “The Business Plan Expert” – but that’s exactly what BusinessWeek called me when they interviewed me:
I’ve received calls from reporters from all over the country, from CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times. Over the years, I’ve been quoted and featured in all sorts of news sources, including:
And, in addition to writing business plans that went on to attract huge sums of money, I have personally helped my clients raise millions.
Here are just a couple of examples:
Take XCom Wireless, which was just a team of two brothers when I met them, and they needed a lot of capital to complete their tech development. I set up 50 meetings with venture capital firms. Result? They raised $2.5 million.
Or Dakim, which, when I met the company, was just one man and his wooden prototype, but with a passion to create a device to soothe his father who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I helped raise him raise $10.6 million in venture capital.
Look, I’m not saying all this to brag... My point is that... If I was able to “sneak” inside the exclusive club that is the venture capital community... to raise millions for my clients... then you can, too.
Sure, it helps if you have a Harvard MBA and you’re buddies with dozens of venture capitalists. But you don’t need connections to raise venture capital. I’m living proof.
Right now, the only thing holding you back is knowledge... the know-how, strategies, tactics, and techniques of those “funded” entrepreneurs, like myself, who have been there and done that...
And now I want to give you the opportunity to leverage my experience, so you can skip the heart-breaking “trial and error”... all the unnecessary “rookie” mistakes... and discover how you can get the funding you need, faster... so you can explode your company’s growth and start building your empire.
In fact, let me break down the whole process into just 4 simple steps for you ...
The 4 Simple Steps to Raising Venture Capital
Here they are...
Step 1: Prepare
If you want to raise venture capital, you first need to understand what venture capital really is and how it works ... And you need to know all the key terminology and lingo that venture capitalists use, so you can speak their language.
Also, you must be able to answer critical questions such as:
- Why are you raising venture capital, rather than other forms of funding?
- How much capital do you need (and what will you do with it)?
- How much of your company are you willing to “give up” to investors?
- What kind of return should an investor expect to receive from investing your opportunity?
- Why should a venture capitalist invest in YOU, and not your competitors?
And that’s just the first step...
Step 2: Approach
If you want to raise venture capital, you need to know how to find and contact investors... You not only need to cut through the clutter... You must make the right first impression, so you can set up VC meetings and give your pitch.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you know how to identify the RIGHT venture capitalists, who will be most likely to fund your business?
- Do you have a 1-2 sentence description of your business that’ll make investors start to salivate and demand to know more?
- Do you know how to create instant rapport and relationships with investors “out of thin air” -- even if you have no prior connections?
But that’s not the most important part...
Step 3: Pitch
The venture capital pitch is the most critical part of the process. You can get 100’s of meetings with investors... but if you can’t give a good pitch, you’ll never get funded.
But before you present your investment opportunity to investors...
- How will you protect your business ideas during your VC meeting?
- What will you say in your venture capital presentation?
- And more importantly... Do you know what NOT to say?
- Can you answer all the “trick” questions VCs will ask you?
And you’re not done yet... There’s one step left...
Step 4: Negotiate
Be careful about counting your money before the check hits your bank account...
Here’s what you must ask yourself before this final phase:
- Are you prepared for “due diligence”?
- Are you getting a fair valuation? Can you do better?
- How will you retain control over your company?
- How can you position yourself for your NEXT round of funding?
That’s it. There are just 4 simple steps to raising venture capital.
And I want to show you exactly how to complete each of these steps... Because when you do it right, the rewards are tremendous...
“Who Should I Write
This Check Out To?”
Will your life be different next month?
It could be incredibly different, as you could be ready and poised to skyrocket towards success in your business. Here’s how...
Imagine it’s a month from now, and you’re sitting in a VC’s conference room. You’re dressed nicely, and across from you are two partners from the firm who know your business inside and out and can help you grow a massive empire.
As you take a sip of water, one of the partners looks at the other, and then looks at you. Then he stops, looks you squarely in the eye, and asks, “Who should I write this check out to?”
You’re sitting there excited. But you don’t want to seem too excited, like you weren’t expecting this moment.
So, you coolly take another sip of your water and place it down slowly. Then you say, excited but almost in disbelief about how quickly it happened for you... “I’m happy to have you onboard. You can make the check out to ...”
And that’s it. You’ve got your funding... and you’re off and running.
You followed my venture capital blueprint and it helped win you the investment you were looking for. This is what the right capital-raising system can and will do for you.
Are you ready to make your dream a reality?
Now is the time for you to discover what all those other “funded” entrepreneurs already know...
“Venture Capital Bootcamp”
VC Bootcamp is a four-week interactive online coaching program where I’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of raising venture capital, from start to finish.
The reason VC Bootcamp is a 4-week program is because there are 4 critical steps to the venture capital fundraising process.
If you’re serious about raising venture capital, you need to go through each of these four steps. And if you ignore any of these steps, you will sabotage your chances of getting funded.
Here’s What’s Included...
There’s a lot to learn, but I’ll be there with you every step of the way, giving you all the best practices and proven insider techniques.
And Venture Capital Bootcamp is a 100% online event. That means you don’t have to travel anywhere. You can attend VC Bootcamp from your home or office, at your own convenience.
Each week for four weeks, you’ll receive access to a new set of online video tutorials providing all of my best practices and insider techniques.
Plus, you’ll ALSO receive the lessons in downloadable MP3 format. If you’re like me, and most other entrepreneurs, then you’re very busy. With MP3 audio, you can listen to the tutorials on your MP3 player or burn to CD and listen in your car.
And finally, you’ll receive my 150+ page Venture Capital manual, “The Ultimate System for Attracting Venture Capital” (in PDF format).
Here’s an overview of what we’ll be covering each week...
Preparing to Raise Venture Capital
First, we’ll cover Venture Capital 101 including:
- Key venture capital terminology you must know to get funded
- What you must accomplish BEFORE you can raise venture capital
- How angel investors can help you attract venture funding
- Why you should stop obsessing about giving up equity ownership
- And more...
Next, I’ll explain What Venture Capitalists Really Want, including:
- The exact criteria VCs will use to judge your company
- How you must position your company in order to attract venture capital
- The 2:6:2 rule of venture capital (and how to use it to your advantage)
- And more...
Next, I’ll give you my best practices for creating all of your Venture Capital Marketing & Presentation Materials... including:
- 3 simple keys to a powerful elevator pitch
- How to construct a business plan that will impress venture capitalists
- The 3 things you must accomplish in your Executive Summary
- And more...
(And don’t worry if you haven’t created all of your VC materials yet. During VC Bootcamp, I’ll show you how to create them quickly and easily).
Then it’s on to Week 2...
Finding and Contacting Venture Capitalists
First, I’ll show you How to Identify the Right Venture Capital Firms, including:
- Why all VCs are not created equal
- 3 key factors to consider when creating your VC list
- How to find the right individual to contact at each VC firm
- How to tell if a VC is serious about funding you (or just wasting your time)
- And more...
And then, I’ll show you How to Contact Venture Capitalists, including:
- Top mistakes to avoid when contacting venture capitalists
- The 3 best ways to contact partners at VC firms
- How to use online networking websites to get more VC meetings
- What it means to “over-shop” your deal and how to avoid this like the plague
- And more...
Then it’s on to Week 3...
How to Pitch Venture Capitalists
This is the most important part of the process because no matter how many VC meetings you set up, you won’t get a dime of funding unless you have a great VC pitch.
That’s why we’ll be focusing an entire week on How to Present to Venture Capitalists, so you’re fully prepared to give a powerful, persuasive pitch that’ll make VCs want to pull out their checkbooks and fund you on the spot.
In Week 3, you’ll learn:
- How to make sure you’re totally prepared for your VC meeting
- The 10 things you must cover in your VC pitch
- How to protect your business ideas when meeting with VCs
- What NOT to say during a VC meeting
- How to quickly build trust and rapport during your investor meetings
- Effective follow-up strategies for after your VC meeting
- And more...
How to Negotiate with Venture Capitalists
By this point, you’ve impressed VCs, and they’re interested in funding your business. But you haven’t sealed the deal yet.
If you fail to negotiate the right terms, it can spell disaster for both your company’s future and your ability to “cash out”...
The deal terms are often the difference between you eventually receiving a personal check for millions (when you later sell your company or go public) or losing control of your company. The stakes are high – you can’t afford to screw this up!
In this final week of VC Bootcamp, you’ll learn:
- How to maximize your valuation (so you retain equity & control)
- What to watch out for in your venture capital “term sheet”
- How to prepare for venture capital due diligence, so it goes smoothly
- When to hire a lawyer
- How to position your company for follow-on rounds of funding
- And more...
As you can see, I’ve structured Venture Capital Bootcamp so that, by the end of Week 4, you will have everything you need to successfully raise venture capital.
The end result? You’ll understand how the process REALLY works, so you can approach investors with confidence and get the funding you deserve.
Here’s what some of the entrepreneurs who attended my last venture capital seminar had to say...
I had raised capital before, but not in sufficient amounts to succeed. I knew there was a lot missing from my understanding of the process. During this course I learned many excellent strategies, including how to correctly network with VC firms to find seed stage investors. I feel quite confident and I am now ready to raise my first new capital round since 2007.
Thanks for all of your help! Before I took your venture capital course, I was largely uninformed about the process of raising equity capital outside of the established public markets. I knew that I needed to capitalize my start-up and that private money was out there sitting on the sidelines, but I lacked the inside industry perspective to focus my search for sources of funding that meet the specific needs of my business.
The education that I obtained from absorbing the material provides me the knowledge base and confidence required to assure that I can successfully engage Angels and VCs as needed to grow my business beyond the seed round of financing. Great work, and keep delivering high-value products to entrepreneurs in need.
Youngblood Capital Group
And when you attend Venture Capital Bootcamp, you don’t just get a step-by-step tutorial on raising venture capital...
You also get...
4 Weekly Q&A Sessions to Get
All Of Your Questions Answered
You only get one shot when it comes to pitching a venture capitalist. If you make a bad impression, you won’t get funded.
So, you need to put your very BEST foot forward. In other words, you want to avoid “guessing” about what to say or what to do.
My instructional videos will answer most of your commonly-asked questions about how to raise venture capital. However, as you really get into the venture capital process... and you start contacting and meeting with investors, you’ll have tons of questions about what to do next.
That’s why I’ll be holding Four 90-Minute Q&A Sessions during VC Bootcamp, at the end of each week. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes.
So, each week, you’ll get instructional step-by-step videos (and MP3 downloads) walking you through each stage of the venture capital process.
And then, we’ll finish each week with a live Q&A session to make sure I’ve answered ALL of your questions, so you’re confident and fully prepared to successfully raise venture capital.
Here’s the Weekly Q&A schedule:
- Week 1 Q&A call is scheduled for Friday, June 11 at 12pm EST.
- Week 2 Q&A call is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at 12pm EST.
- Week 3 Q&A call is scheduled for Friday, June 25th at 12pm EST.
- Week 4 Q&A call is scheduled for Thursday, July 1st at 12pm EST. *
* (I’ve scheduled the last call for Thursday, rather than Friday, so we won’t conflict with the Fourth of July holiday weekend.)
You’ll receive the dial-in instructions after you register for VC Bootcamp. And each Q&A session will be 90 minutes long, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask me any and all questions you have about how to raise venture capital.
Plus, if for any reason, you’re unable to attend one of the sessions, we’ll post recordings of the Q&A calls in the members’ area for you.
My Q&A calls are a tremendous opportunity for you to get all of your questions asked, so you can approach investors with greater confidence.
But don’t just take it from me... Here’s what one entrepreneur wrote to me after attending my last venture capital Q&A session:
I had participated in a capital raise before, but never LED an effort. I did not feel at all confident about taking a leadership role before learning Growthink's Venture Capital System. Great information, for starters. But also great branding by your team, as your tone and encouragement from the expert Q&A really convey a genuine desire to help us succeed.
It's like facing a big ball game, but knowing you've got a fireball bullpen behind you. My confidence increases with every exchange. I am now much more confident about avoiding pitfalls and successfully raising venture capital.
Sandgren Consulting LLC
But we’re not done yet... I wanted to make sure we do EVERYTHING we can to help you get funding as quickly as possible.
And the best way to make sure you’re prepared to raise capital is to give you even more personal feedback and assistance. That’s why, when you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll also get...
1-on-1 Venture Capital Coaching!
When you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll be paired up with your own personal Growthink Venture Capital Coach, for three 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
During these coaching sessions, your Coach will give you personal feedback on the three most critical elements of your VC campaign:
1. Business Plan Review
You MUST have a professional business plan to raise venture capital.
The reality is that no investor is going to invest without taking a hard look at your business plan and financials. That’s because, before he or she can invest, an investor must understand exactly what your business is, why you are going to succeed, and how you’ll provide an adequate return on investment.
At Growthink, we’ve developed business plans for more than 2,000 clients who have raised $1 Billion. So we know exactly what investors want to see in a business plan, and what turns them off.
During your Business Plan Review, your Coach will review your business plan with you and give you feedback on how to make sure your business plan passes the test.
Like all entrepreneurs (and, I’m a serial one), we all tend to fall in love with our own creations (and words to describe them). We have to! If we’re not our biggest cheerleader, who is?
This is why Growthink helped birth my company. They got to know both me and my vision. They helped ‘smack me upside the head’ to help make sure I was realistic, about meeting expectations. As a result, they helped craft, draft and construct the right written presentation. As a result, I got my funding.
- Jeffrey Ullman, Founder & CEO
2. Venture Capital List Creation
You should never take a “shotgun” approach and contact hundreds or thousands of VC firms. That’s what most entrepreneurs do, and it’s one reason why most don’t get funded. Instead, you need to take a very targeted approach.
Your Coach will help you create the perfect list of VC firms for you to contact, and will also help you craft the message you’ll use to start the dialogue, so you can line up tons of face-to-face meetings with venture capitalists.
3. Venture Capital Pitch Feedback
Finally, your Coach will give you feedback on your VC pitch.
This is the most critical part of the venture capital process. You can line up all the VC meetings you want, but if you don’t have a great presentation, you won’t close the deal.
Your Coach will review your VC pitch with you, and will prepare you to answer all the tough questions that VCs are likely to ask you.
How Much Does It Cost?
The ability to raise capital is one of the most valuable skills you can ever develop. Learning how to successfully raise capital will give you a competitive advantage unlike anything else.
Raising capital is a skill that’ll literally pay for itself over and over and over again... And despite the fact that most entrepreneurs do it wrong, the basic principles haven’t changed since I started mastering them more than 10 years ago.
So, the REAL question you should be asking yourself is: “How much could this make me?”
Think of it this way... If you could spend $5,000 or $10,000 to raise $1,000,000 or $5,000,000... Would you do it? Or is that too “expensive”?
Every month, our clients pay us thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands of dollars to develop their business plans and manage their investor outreach campaigns to raise venture capital.
Currently, our average business plan development fee is $10,000.00 and our average capital-raising retainer is $30,000.00, plus success fees.
Are our consulting services expensive?
Yes, they are.
But our clients cheerfully pay our fees because of the results. Our clients have raised $1 billion since 1999. Most recently, just the other week, one of our clients, Click Forensics Inc. raised its THIRD round of venture funding (for a total of $15 million).
But don’t worry... VC Bootcamp won’t cost you $10,000.00. It won’t cost you nearly that much. Yet, you’ll get the same expert advice that our private clients receive. The big difference is that instead of doing it all for you, I’ll be giving you the tools so you can do it yourself.
Frankly, it may seem strange that I’ll admit this... but learning how to raise capital for yourself is a much smarter investment than hiring us to do it for you. That’s because the ability to raise capital is a valuable skill that will pay for itself over and over and OVER again during your career.
So you won’t pay $10,000.00.
You won’t pay $5,000.00.
Or even $2,000.00.
When you attend Venture Capital Bootcamp, you’ll get 4 weeks of venture capital tutorials, 4 Q&A calls with me, and three 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions for just...
And, I also understand that, as an entrepreneur, you may not have much cash to invest in your business right now. That’s why we will ALSO be offering a “monthly payment plan” option (12 monthly payments of just $99).
And, I want to make your decision to attend VC Bootcamp as risk-free as possible with my...
“Better Than Risk Free Guarantee”
When you register for VC Bootcamp, you'll have some time to decide if it's right for you. And if it's not, you can get all of your money back.
Here's how this works:
Register for VC Bootcamp today without fear, and then go ahead and watch all the Week 1 videos... download my 150+ page VC manual... download all of the free bonuses... and attend the Week 1 Q&A call with me on Friday June 11th.
And if by 5pm Eastern time on Friday June 11th, you're not blown away by the capital-raising strategies and tactics you've learned, then we'll refund all of your money, immediately. No questions asked. And you can even keep all the bonuses just for giving VC Bootcamp a try.
We've been in business in the U.S. for 11 years, and our reputation is based on being straight and honest with our customers. We treat you the way we wish other businesses would treat us -- with strict courtesy (the customer is always right), and prompt refunds, when requested.
If You Act Now, You’ll Also Get
10 Additional FREE Bonuses Worth $2,077!
1. Special Report: “Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital From Angel Investors” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
There’s a lot of overlap between angel funding and venture capital. And that’s why, in many instances, I recommend that entrepreneurs pursue BOTH.
For example, many venture capitalists invest personally in angel deals. Many angel investors can provide you with connections to venture capitalists. And it’s common for companies to first raise angel funding before venture capital (angel funding is often a stepping stone to VC).
And, when you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll also receive a copy of my “Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors” for FREE.
2. Growthink’s “Ultimate Business Plan Template” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
I also want to give you a copy of my “Ultimate Business Plan Template,” in case you haven’t finished your business plan yet. This template is designed to help you finish your business plan in hours, not weeks or months.
3. Special Report: “Definitive Guide to Creative and Alternative Sources of Financing” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
In addition to venture capital, it’s always a good idea to have several options at your fingertips. Most successful businesses raise capital from multiple sources.
When you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll also get a copy of my “Guide to Creative and Alternative Sources of Financing,” which outlines 28 alternative sources of capital.
4. Special Report: “Zero Cost Sources of Market Research” ($37 Value, Yours FREE!)
One of the criteria of raising venture capital is that you have a big enough market. Venture capitalists want evidence that your business is solving a significant “pain” in your marketplace.
And in order to prove your case, you need solid market research. When you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll also receive a copy of my report “Zero Cost Sources of Market Research.”
5. Video Course: “Financial Modeling Made Easy” ($197 Value, Yours FREE!)
If you want to raise venture capital, then you need to convince the investor that he’s going to make a great return on investment. And so, you need to make sure that your financial assumptions and projections are both attractive and credible.
Financial modeling is a huge stumbling block for most entrepreneurs. But when you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll get a copy of my video course, “Financial Modeling and Management for Entrepreneurs.”
6. Expert Interview: “How a 19 Year Old College Dropout Raised $5 Million” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
In this special interview I conducted with Ryan Allis, CEO of iContact, Ryan revealed the exact process he used to raise venture capital. Ryan raised $5 million even though he was only 19 years old and had dropped out of college. You can definitely apply Ryan’s strategies right away!
7. Expert Interview: “How I Raised $1.6 Million From Angel Investors” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
In this special interview I got Bambi Francisco, CEO of Vator.tv, to reveal the exact tactics she used to raise $1.6 million in funding from angel investors.
If you need funding from Angels, you MUST know her insider tactics.
8. Expert Interview: “How to Raise $750,000 by Networking” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. But what if you have no connections?
Two years ago, Ron Feldman, CEO of Kwiry, was in that exact situation. So, he started attending networking events to meet people, and one thing led to another... and he met an investor who wrote him a $750,000 funding check.
Learn how you can use smart networking strategies to raise money for your business.
9. Expert Interview: “How to Protect Your Business Ideas” ($97 Value, Yours FREE!)
Are there people out there eager to steal your great ideas? You bet. But if you don’t tell people your ideas, they won’t possibly fund you. Yes, this is a classic “Catch-22”...
That’s why I got Brette Simon, a Partner at Jones Day on the line. Brette was recently recognized by “The Deal” as one of the top 13 dealmakers in the country, so if anyone knows how to raise capital while protecting your business ideas, it’s Brette.
When you listen to this taped conversation, you’ll learn the EXACT steps to take to protect your business ideas AND get the funding you deserve.
10. Twelve Months of Access to Growthink University ($1164 Value, Yours FREE!)
When you attend VC Bootcamp, you’ll also get 12 months of access to GrowthinkUniversity.com, our online training portal for entrepreneurs, with hundreds of articles, videos, and tools to help you raise capital.
One of the most valuable parts of membership is “Ask the Expert.” When you’re raising capital, you’ll inevitably have lots of questions. And with “Ask the Expert,” you just ask your question, and one of our senior consultants will reply with our advice right away. It’s like having an expert business consultant on retainer 24/7 -- at no extra cost.
So, even after you’ve completed VC Bootcamp, you’ll still have access to the training, support, and expert advice on GrowthinkUniversity.com.
But You Must HURRY...
We're only accepting 150 students into my VC Bootcamp because that's the maximum number we can coach at once, with our existing staff. Our 10 coaches will be coaching a maximum of 15 students, each. I’m limiting each coach’s workload to make sure you get the personal attention you need.
So if you want to discover how to find, contact, pitch, and negotiate with venture capitalists, so you can get funded... you must act quickly.
The absolute final “last call” to register is Wednesday, June 9th at 5pm EST, and the reason for that is because we need to make sure everybody stays on track for the Q&As and coaching sessions.
HOWEVER, you delay at your own risk...
Once we hit our 150 person maximum, we will close registration. And that could happen at any minute. Again, we WILL pull this registration page down and stop taking new people once we hit our 150 person limit. So don’t delay.
This is your opportunity to get all of my secrets... get all of your questions answered... plus get 1-on-1 feedback on your business plan, VC list, and investor presentation... No other training program exists like this anywhere else... Don't let this pass you by.
Register now while you’re thinking about it. And remember, you can test-drive VC Bootcamp risk-free.
Here’s Everything You’re Getting...
With these weekly tutorials, and live Q&A sessions, and 3 coaching sessions you’re getting the best possible preparation for raising venture capital. This is the most in-depth course and coaching program for raising venture capital available anywhere on the planet.
Here’s a quick review of everything you’re getting when you attend VC Bootcamp:
1. “Ultimate Venture Capital System” Course Materials ($997 Value)
- Online Video Tutorials
- Downloadable MP3 Audios
- 150+ Page PDF Manual
2. Four Weekly Q&A Sessions With Me, Dave Lavinsky ($997 Value)
- Four Live 90-Minute Group Q&A Calls
- Recordings of Q&A Calls in MP3 Format
3. Three 1-on-1 VC Coaching Sessions ($2997 Value)
- Business Plan Review
- Venture Capital List Creation
- Venture Capital Pitch Feedback
3. 10 Additional Free Bonuses ($2,077 Value)
- Angel Investor Guide
- Business Plan Template
- Creative Financing Guide
- Market Research Guide
- Financial Modeling Training
- 4 Expert Capital-Raising Interviews
- 3 Months Access to GrowthinkUniversity.com
Total Value = $7,068
But You Pay Only $997 (Or 12 Easy Payments of $99)
If you were to purchase everything included in Venture Capital Bootcamp separately, it would cost you $7,068... and you get it all for only $997. Plus, you can pay in twelve monthly installments of $99 if you prefer. And best of all, you get to test-drive it risk-free.
Now It’s Up To You...
Until now, only a handful of lucky entrepreneurs have discovered these amazing secrets of how to find investors who will GIVE you the money you need to grow your business.
Result: Armed with my strategies, you'll contact the right investors who actually want to hear your pitch... Deliver your pitch with total confidence... Earn respect from investors and other entrepreneurs.... And get the funding you need to skyrocket your growth, hire a world-class staff, explode your marketing budget, and dominate your competitors...
Here's the deal: I don't have the time to raise venture capital for your business, personally... And when Growthink does this type of "hands-on" venture capital fundraising work for select clients, it's normally to the tune of $30,000 (plus success fees)... But VC Bootcamp doesn't cost you a fraction of that.
And yet, you'll get the same expert advice that our private clients receive. The big difference is that instead of doing it all for you, I'll be giving you the tools so you can do it yourself.
It may seem strange that I'll admit this... but learning how to do it yourself is a MUCH smarter investment than hiring us to do it for you... because the ability to raise capital is a skill that will pay for itself over and OVER again during your career as an entrepreneur.
Best of all, you can test-drive it for FREE if you like... You don't risk a penny because you're covered by our risk-free guarantee. If by 5pm Eastern time on Friday June 11th, you're not blown away by the capital-raising strategies and tactics you've learned, then we'll refund all of your money, immediately. No questions asked. And you can even keep all the bonuses just for giving VC Bootcamp a try.
Here's what to do now: Click the "Add to Cart" button below to register for VC Bootcamp. Choose your payment option and enter your credit card details. You'll receive immediate access to the VC Bootcamp course materials, you'll receive the dial-in information for Weekly Q&A calls with me, and you'll be assigned to your Venture Capital Coach.
Again, you are completely covered with our better-than-risk-free guarantee, so you don't risk anything. Just order right now, while you're thinking about it.
To Your Success!
President, Growthink, Inc.
P.S. This is, by far, the most comprehensive coaching program for raising venture capital ever created.
You’re getting my “Ultimate Venture Capital System” video training modules and 150+ page manual that is jam-packed with the same venture capital strategies and tactics that 2,000 Growthink clients have used to raise $1 Billion.
Plus, during my 4 Weekly 90-minute Q&A sessions, you are guaranteed to get ALL of your venture capital questions answered... so you can find, contact, pitch investors with total confidence and get funded.
And remember, you can test-drive VC Bootcamp risk-free. And you get 10 bonus capital-raising resources worth $1,165 – all just for giving VC Bootcamp a try today.
P.P.S. The last time I taught all of my secrets in a hands-on coaching program like this was a full year ago... And I don't have any plans to teach my venture capital system again in the future.
If you’re serious about raising capital in 2010, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity. There are only 150 spots available, and once we hit our 150 limit, we will close registration. So don't delay.
I look forward to sharing ALL of my venture capital strategies with you, so you get the funding you deserve.
Click on the “Add to Cart” link to get started right now.
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