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Two Day Investment Workshop - Accelerating Your Funding Success


Central London & Ibiza


  • Are you looking for funding to grow or accelerate your business?

  • Would you like to gain an unfair advantage over your competition?

  • Would you like to learn the inside track from a VC on how to successfully raise money? 


10,016 software development and programming businesses were incorporated in the UK for the first time during 2017. Sadly only around 1% will obtain funding. With 9 out of 10 start-ups failing in the first three years a successful funding strategy will be critical to long-term future.

Why attend?


This interactive workshop is for companies keen to understand direct from a VC how to secure funding in today’s highly competitive market.


Who should attend?


•     Companies looking to raise up to £5m in the next six to twelve months

•     C-Suite, Founders and Co-Founders who wish to take the initiative and learn the “art of the fund raise”


What do we cover?


  • Gain a clear understanding of the funding landscape  

  • Develop your overall compelling funding strategy 

  • Build a winning pitch deck

  • Learn the inside track about how VC’s make decisions 

  • Achieve a successful raise with the right tools and templates 

  • Join the Fund-raising Mentoring Programme 


This is a unique immersive two-day workshop offering the opportunity to network with a cohort of business owners and founders all looking to raise funding. 


The workshop is aimed at building and testing your value proposition, pitch deck and covering the questions you will be asked by investors.


There will be plenty of opportunity to network among peers in a relaxed and informal environment.


Key take-aways:


•    A clear funding strategy to accelerate your success 

•    Where to find investors 

•    Ability to articulate your business and why you should invest in 60 seconds

•    Understand why companies fail to secure funding and the most common mistakes

•    How to build a winning pitch deck

•    Knowledge of the investment process from initial pitch through to signing the deal


Who are we?


Venezia Capital is a dynamic, technology-focussed, mid-market Venture Capital and M&A specialist. We understand how difficult it is for early stage companies to secure funding. 


If you search Google, you will find plenty of information on how to raise money, but we couldn’t find anything that we could confidently direct early stage companies too for great advice. To solve this challenge, we decided to launch and develop our own workshop series.


Facilitator and Mentor


Alex Blakeway 


Possessing over twenty years of experience in the technology market growing global business units for Siemens, Cisco, Verizon and Oracle. Alex is the Managing Partner of Venezia Capital a dynamic, technology-focused, mid-market Venture Capital and M&A specialist. Alex has over ten years’ experience in the investment industry working with start-ups.


In January 2019 Alex takes up a position with the European Commission as a VC advisor and assessor for the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and sits as a Non-Executive Director on several boards. 

With regular attendance as an international speaker on how to fund and scale technology start-ups, Alex is also a mentor at Migrant Leaders an independent UK registered charity that inspires and develops disadvantaged young migrants across the UK to broaden their horizons and capture business opportunities.


Alex launched this workshop series to provide founders with practical inside advice after becoming frustrated with start-ups repeatedly making the same mistakes. 


Agenda Overview


Day 1.


8.30am       Registration 

9.00am       Introductions, vision and objectives of the workshop 

9.30am       Funding - What is out there & options open to entrepreneurs?

10.00am     Why is it so hard and where does it all go wrong?

10.30am     Break and networking

11.00am     How to get investor ready 

11.30am     Exercise 1 Elevator pitch and the Value Proposition

12.30pm     Lunch

1.30pm       Exercise 1 Presentation and peer review 

2.30pm       Key sections of the pitch deck

3.00pm       Exercise 2 Problem/Opportunity

3.30pm       Break and networking 

4.00pm       Exercise 2 Problem/Opportunity

4.30pm       Exercise 2 Presentation and peer review

5.00pm       Articulating the business model

5.30pm       Review today Q&A

6.00pm       Drinks receptions and evening entertainment 


Day 2.


9.00am       Financial Model and key things you should know

9.30am       How do VC’s make decisions and how to stand out?

10.00am     Exercise 3 How well do you know your numbers? 

10.30am     Break and networking 

11.00am     Exercise 4 USP and product/solution development 

12.00pm     The deal process – what happens after the offer?

12.30pm     Lunch 

1.30pm       Cracking the - Team/Current Traction/TAM/Go to Market/Sales sections

2.30pm       Fund raising plan – how to find investors

3.00pm       Break and networking 

3.300pm     Exercise 5 develop your fund-raising plan

5.00pm       Wrap up and the Fund-raising Mentor Programme 


What’s included?


All refreshments/lunch/drinks and evening drinks reception on the Thursday night and full workshop documentation.


What you need to bring?


  • Energy and the willingness to contribute and share ideas

  • Any current investment documentation you may have

  • Idea of what your perfect investor would look like

  • Understanding that everything discussed within the cohort is confidential 


Booking details


Date: March 2019

Please email to register 


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