Raise Your Next Round in North America

Includes in-person mentorship

From the stages of funding to its different sources, and from preparing your pitch to finding and talking to investors, learn everything you need to raise your next round in North America with hands-on in-person mentorship.

You will learn

  • The key stages of startup funding and the stay you are at

  • Where you can find and get startup funding

  • The process and steps of startup funding

  • How to build and deliver a winning pitch in any setting

  • How to find and talk to investors


  • 1


    • Welcome + Ray Walia Intro

    • Investment Perspectives

    • Why Investors?

    • How does this module works?

  • 2

    The Stages of Startup Funding

    • The stages of startup funding

    • The importance for founders

    • Find out your funding stage

    • [Article] A Guide to Seed Fundraising

    • [Infographic] Visualizing the Stages of Startup Funding From Pre-Seed to IPO

    • [Resource] Glossary of Funding Types

    • [Resource] The Hacker Guide To Angel Investing

    • [Resource] Understanding Startup Investments

    • [Article] Invest in Experience or Potential?

    • [Article] What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

  • 3

    Where to Get Startup Funding

    • Sources of funding

    • Why you need to seek more than one source?

    • Unexpected sources of funding

    • Angel Investors

    • [Resource] The complete guide to startup & scaleup funding in Canada

    • [Resource] Who’s Who In Ed Tech? Top Investors And Their Board Seats

    • [Video] Hacking AngelList syndicates with cofounder Naval Ravikant

    • [Resource] Announcing Intros for Canada: Get intros to top angels

    • [Article] How I raised $400,000 in two weeks, from 61 investors, through AngelList

    • [Article] 9 steps to finding angel investors for your business

    • [Article] The rise of the family office venture investor

    • [Resource] A quick guide to venture debt

    • [Resource] Venture Debt: 50+ Options for Anti-VC SaaS Founders

    • [Resource] Sources of Funding

    • [Resource] Canada’s Top Venture Capital Firms

    • [Resource] Canada’s Best Incubators & Accelerators

  • 4

    The Process of Startup Funding

    • How to get started?

    • Why build a network?

    • Things to keep in mind and pitfalls to avoid

    • Investors are a key element

    • The Art of Valuation

    • How to do investment right

    • [Article] What’s the FIRST thing you need to do before fund raising?

    • [Article] 9 steps to finding angel investors for your business

    • [Article] “Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money twice”.

    • [Article] Raising Venture Capital

    • [Resource] Raising Capital: This is the Advice We Give Our Founders

    • [Resource] Demystifying the Six Documents You Will See When Raising Venture Capital

    • [Article] How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

    • [Article] What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

    • [Resource] Term Sheets 101: A beginner’s guide to VC term sheets

    • [Resource] Cap Tables 101: The Startup’s Guide to Cap Table Management

    • [Article] Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

    • [Article] How Long It Takes To Raise Capital For A Startup

    • [Article] Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get

  • 5

    The Art of the Pitch

    • What is a pitch really?

    • Why is it important to pitch?

    • How should founders prepare their pitch?

    • Why is a pitch not one pitch?!

    • What are some of the best pitch tips?

    • The core skill that every entrepreneur must master

    • It's the market, stupid!

    • Master Public Speaking

    • Be Ready for Everything

    • [Article] The Art of the Pitch

    • [Resource] The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating a Winning Pitch Deck

    • [Resource] Silicon Valley Legend Creates Pitch Deck Template For Entrepreneurs

    • [Article] The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

    • [Resource] 18 Pitching Essentials: How to Pitch an Idea to Investors (and Early Customers)

    • [Resource] 30 Legendary Startup Pitch Decks And What You Can Learn From Them

  • 6

    More Startup Funding Tools & Resources

    • [Video] Tell us about the resources available through this module

    • [Video] Final words from Ray

    • [Resource] List of Startup Funding Tools & Resources

About Your Instructors

CEO | Launch Academy

Ray Walia

Ray Walia is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in both the entertainment and technology sectors. Ray founded Launch Ventures which owns and operates a network of private incubators, innovation labs, and investment funds. The most prominent incubator is Launch Academy, Vancouver’s leading entrepreneurship facility, which has incubated more than 3500 entrepreneurs of which 300 have grown their startups to Seed and Series A stage and raised over $300 Million in funding. Launch Academy is a designated provider for the Canadian Startup Visa Program. Ray was named Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year for 2014 and 2015, BIV Top Forty Under 40, G20 Young Entrepreneur, and BC Tech Person of The Year Finalist 2018.

Senior Partner | Unleashed Ventures

Hussein Hallak

Hussein launched his first tech startup in 2002 (acquired in 2003). Since then he helped build over 20 successful companies and trained thousands in the dark arts of entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and personal branding.His second tech startup was the world's first and largest marketplace for Middle Eastern art in 2006 (acquired), and in 2018 he launched Next Decentrum, an Ed-Tech startup that raised $450K in 3 months.Recognized as one of 30 Vancouver tech thought leaders and influencers to follow, and featured in Forbes, BBC, BetaKit, Entrepreneur, DailyHive, Notable, and CBC.


Full Access + Mentorship Sessions