How startup funding and investing works
Early stage startups often risk falling into the funding gap. Learn to understand and prepare yourself for if and when the time comes for pitching your project to funders (friends&family, venture capital, business angels, crowdfunding, banks, public funds, co-founders, employees) and have much better chance of success in securing the funding of your startup.
As a founder, It’s easy to get lost while trekking through the fundraising process. The dynamics of speaking to someone who has the capital you need, while discussing terms you’ve never heard of, can all be quite daunting.
This course will serve as a guide to raising capital for early-stage, high-growth startups. We will cover various options including crowdfunding, angel investing and basics of venture capital. The cours will also address bootstrapping – i.e., funding the company internally, without outside investors – where possible and appropriate.
The aim is to provide students, should they choose to become ambitious early-stage founders, with the right information to get their projects off the ground in the early days.
Ivo Špigel is an entrepreneur, author, journalist and contributor to the Croatian and European startup communities.
He is a cofounder and member of the Board of the IT company Perpetuum Mobile d.o.o. (www.perpetuum.hr/en).
Ivo co-founded and is a contributing editor of www.Tech.eu, Europe’s leading online publication covering technology and startups on the continent (http://tech.eu/author/ivo/).
He writes for the Croatian IT magazine Mreža (“Network”).
Ivo cofounded Croatia’s premier startup program, ZIP (www.zipzg.com) and occasionally speaks and mentors at European high tech and startup conferences and programs.
He is the author of “The European Startup Revolution”, a book of interviews with leading European startup founders, investors and high tech entrepreneurs
Ivo’s selected columns for Bug and Mreža magazine were published in 2009 in a book called “Where is this going?”