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Being able to explain well why an investor should invest money in your startup is a key requirement for you as a founder. Especially for first-time raisers this is often a challenge.

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How to convince investors

Fundraising for your startup can be a challenging task. If you decide to start a fundraising process it will consume a lot of your energy and focus for the next 6 to 9 months. For most founders, fundraising is an add-on to their existing job of being the driving force in their company. So how can you succeed?

“Understand why your startup is worth investing in, then simply explain this well to investors.”

Invest time in good preparation

In the quote above from Paul Graham, it sounds quite simple: Addressing the right potential investors with a well written and self-explanatory investment proposal is the key for getting an invitation for a first meeting.

Of course, for you to be able to write this investment proposal, you need to have thought about your marketing strategy, your product development roadmap and you need to have a financial plan that ties everything together.

Knowing that attractive investors are being overwhelmed by about 200 unsolicited investment proposals per week, it is important to address the right investors with a great proposal and a personal message, best done via warm contacting.

Calculate a plausible and reasonable valuation

How much of your startup are you prepared to give as a share to an investor? What valuation method should you use? How will you invest the capital raised and for how long will it last in a worst case scenario? These are the questions you need to be able to discuss with potential investors.

Go into negotiations with confidence

Be prepared to explain your projections, to talk about the drivers of your business case and the benchmarking data you used. You must also have a plausible and justifiable explanation of your serviceable addressable market and a unique selling proposition.

For investors, negotiations with startup founders are daily business. To be able to negotiate term sheets, again, excellent preparation for each and every meeting is key. The preparation covers any off-the-table tactics (whom to talk to, process set-up, etc.) as well as defining your interests and your best alternatives. Starting from your first assessment of the investor’s interests you develop options to suggest during discussions.

Follow our step-by-step process

The key to successful fundraising is good preparation and starting early enough.

We’ve created a step-by-step guide that provides you with a structured process that is easy to follow. It covers all the relevant areas and gives you specific instructions on what to do for your preparation.

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key2investors.com is for all entrepreneurs and founders who want to maximize their chances of getting funded by professionalizing their funding process.

We guide you with a step-by-step framework through the process of getting investor-ready.

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Features that help startups convince investors

Knowledge

Knowledge

Learn everything you need to know about the investment process.  Understand investors’ needs and address them professionally.

Data

Data

Get access to valuation data, benchmarks and best practices to help you get prepared and have the right arguments when discussing your startup.

Tools

Tools

We provide proven tools you can use quickly – including an extensive database for profiling investors, valuation methods and pdf-creators.

Feedback

Feedback

Collect feedback from coworkers, advisors and experts from the industry on your preparation, argumentation and documentation to get funded.

Documentation

Documentation

Generate a professionally looking teaser document for contacting investors. Use our templates as best-practice examples.

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Labs

Join us and other startups in virtual labs to exchange and improve your knowledge and preparation for your fundraising rounds.

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