When financing a business, most entrepreneurs don’t know what they don’t know. Many bootstrap their own startup capital because that's the "way it's done," and because they don’t want to be beholden to others that give them money. Then they learn the hard way that, in most cases, it takes a lot more money than they thought to be successful. It's a harsh lesson and one that doesn't have to be learned at our own cost.
The Funding Academy provides a way for entrepreneurs to develop a realistic strategy for raising the capital they need to implement or sustain their businesses. It’s boiled down into a three-week program with all the benefits, without the detriments, of what it means to learn from failure. It helps us avoid the phrase "if I only knew then what I know now" in our future.
We require a tax-deductible donation of $500 to VETtoCEO during the registration process to participate in the Funding Academy cohort.* Benefits include accelerating the learning curve regarding realistic funding strategies, introductions to VETtoCEO's funding partners, and up to six months of coaching during your funding journey.
Our Funding Academy is designed by experienced entrepreneurs and is open to all (non-veterans are welcomed!)
Next Program Dates
Our next program dates have not yet been determined. We anticipate a late August 2021 start date. In the meantime, get on our mailing list and stay informed - we'll let you know when the dates are announced and enrollment is open!
Each module is 2 hours long and is viewed live on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00PM EST. Each session requires some work in advance to participate. If you can't attend a live session, you will receive a recording.
Debt versus equity sources
Determining accurate funding requirements
Statistics: chances of funding by source
Sources of Capital & Funds
Equity concepts and terms
Debt concepts and terms
Common mistakes made and pitfalls
Understanding Financial Terms & Concepts
Prioritizing our funding sources
Developing a funding strategy
When to use our own money
Developing a Funding Strategy
*The Funding Academy does not provide funding to your business, nor do we guarantee that you’ll secure funding. We provide value by shrinking the time it takes you to learn how to succeed without learning from failures, and set you on the most realistic path for your business idea that provides the best chance of success for funding.
Understanding of funding sources
Accurate estimate of total capital needed
Realistic strategy to obtain funding from the right sources for your business
Introduction to preferred funding partners