Navigating your first fundraising can be tough without clear guidance. This guide will provide you with an investment readiness checklist to meet investor expectations and secure that crucial funding round.
This checklist is applicable to early-stage startups. Whether you’re 1-3 years into operation with little to no prior funding, or even if you’ve just set out on your startup journey, this guide is for you. Let’s dive into preparing for your first major funding round.
The Fundraising Checklist
Market Research: Understand the market further. Measure the market size, revise your growth opportunities, and redo competitor research.
Proof of Concept/Traction: Highlight evidence of market demand for your product or service. This can be reflected in revenues, user growth, or pre-orders. For a complete understanding, refer to our comprehensive guide on demonstrating traction.
Roadmap: Define your startup’s vision. Outline clear, achievable short-term and long-term goals.
Product Demo or Access: If applicable, have a product demo ready to impress potential investors. Show them how your product or service functions and its unique features.
Financial Projections: Give investors a glimpse into the future. Project your revenues, costs, and profitability for the next 3-5 years. For more on forecasting, check out our article here.
Valuation: Determine your startup’s valuation early. This guides how much equity you’ll sell to investors. Try VeFund’s automated valuation calculator to simplify the process.
Pitch Deck: Craft a compelling pitch deck. Include your market research, traction, roadmap, and the amount you’re seeking to raise. Check out our article for pitch deck templates and outlines.
Basic Legal Compliance: Ensure legal compliance: Incorporate your company and secure necessary permits. Remember, documentation varies by industry and location – do your homework.
Taking your startup through the first fundraising stage is an exhilarating experience. With this fundraising checklist, you’re armed with the vital elements to attract and impress potential investors. Each item serves as a stepping stone to make you more investment-ready.
At VeFund, we’re here to support you on your fundraising journey. If you’re looking for investors, consider building your data room with us and apply to our active investors. Don’t forget to check out our automated calculator to produce your valuation report. Start your journey with us and find your first investor!