Learn how to get funded in 6 weeks

Have an idea for a product or a business with up to $1mm in funding and want to learn how to get it to the next level?
We’ll teach you how to turn your dream into a reality with this six week course for entrepreneurs. Come away with actionable learnings and a real path to acceleration.
Why should you trust us? 

We are the startup studio that incubated and funded GIPHY, Dots, Bitly and more.
Our early Fall 2021 program is Sold Out! Take 15 minutes to join the waitlist for the next session - Apply today!
The cost to enroll is $1495, with payment plans and discounts available. Questions? Email us!

What you'll learn

Validate your idea and market
Validate the strength of your business idea and market
Create a winning pitch
Hone and refine your investor pitch that will win
Get your first investor meeting
How to get your first investor meeting and make it a success
Start your fundraising journey
Get your first meeting, the right fundraising approach and how to build a pipeline
Hear from seasoned investors
Test your pitch out with leading founders and investors and get valuable feedback
Learn about a SAFE offering
Learn why this form of funding may or may not be right for your startup

Who should take the Journey?

Early stage founders
Current early stage, pre-Series A investment startup founders who struggle to get VC meetings and/or close investment.
Entrepreneurs & inventors
Entrepreneurs & inventors brimming with new ideas everyday.
Advertising creatives & designers
Ad/design creatives looking to turn that rejected brand pitch into a startup.
Product leads & coders
Product leads/coders wanting to turn that side hustle into something real.
Entrepreneurial Curious
The entrepreneurial-curious looking to learn the basics before they get their feet wet.

Our instructors and expert speakers

The Full Roster: Meet Betaworks’ Experts!

About

betaworks

Since 2008 Betaworks has been investing in early-stage start-ups and building products from the ground up, like Giphy, Dots, bitly, Chartbeat and Tweetdeck. Betaworks' core belief is to experiment early and often; the idea that "betas work."

In 2016 Betaworks ran their first Camp - a thematic accelerator for startups. Camp allows Betaworks to focus on a batch of companies building with frontier technologies like Bots, AI, Verbal Computing and Augmented Reality.

The Entrepreneur's Journey is the first time betaworks is giving every entrepreneur access to what and who we know.

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Curriculum

week 1

Orientation & The Beta Mindset

Meet the CEO of Betaworks, John Borthwick, who will introduce you to the Beta mindset (our building and investment philosophy) that has helped us get ideas like GIPHY and Bitly off the ground.

week 2

What is My MVP?

Determine product market fit: identify what you are building and the problem you are solving.

week 3

How should I fund it?

VC funding is not the only option for founders. Explore the different paths for taking your business to the next level, with or without raising capital from investors.

week 4

Sourcing Potential Angels, VCs, Debt or Crowdfunds

We’ll show you how to set up your investor pipeline, identify your target investors, choose a lead VC, and the importance of two-way due diligence.

week 5

Practice Makes Perfect

Learn how to structure your deck and craft your verbal pitch so they hit all the important points and help you ace that meeting when you get the chance.

week 6

Pitch Presentation/
Demo Day

Apply everything you’ve learned in the past five weeks in a 5-minute pitch to a live panel of real VCs.

How it works

Interactive Learning

  • Program includes weekly live interactive classes run virtually lead by experienced guest instructors
  • Dedicated course guide throughout program for help and 1:1s with Nathan Stoll (successful founder with 2 exits to Google and Walmart)
  • Activities outside class include practical exercises and group discussions with peer participants to put into practice what you have learned in class.
  • Supplementary syllabus of resources and reading material provided

Instructors

  • Instructors are seasoned entrepreneurs who will guide the group through the scheduled course curriculum, and be available for office hours where you can meet one-on-one to get direct feedback.
  • Dedicated course guide throughout program for help and 1:1s with Nathan Stoll (successful founder with 2 exits to Google and Walmart)
  • Select classes will be joined by guest experts – prominent investors, business leaders, and successful founders from the Betaworks portfolio.

Take the first step of your journey

Learn how to structure your deck and craft your verbal pitch so they hit all the important points and help you ace that meeting when you get the chance.