Join today and learn how to pitch from experienced Entrepreneurs and Investors
Explore your funding options
Save time by exploring the types of funding sources available to you, from loans to external investors, and when to use them.
Learn how VC Investors think
Hear directly from our panel of Venture Capital Investors on what they look when considering making an investment in a company.
Create a winning Pitch Deck
Learn how to capture investors attention with your pitch deck whether you are presenting for 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes.
Deliver memorable pitches
Make the most of every opportunity! Follow our frameworks, checklists and dos and don't for delivering memorable pitches.
Hear what others have said
The content was great especially breaking down the investment ask in the pitch deck. What I took out from the session was there is no free money, you have to show that your solution is worthy of the investment!
I knew we were looking at seed funding but the great realization for me was “that we must value our startup before pitching for money” so we know the equity we are parting with at an early stage
Traction - “post revenue” is the most valuable term. We must show sales. It’s the gold standard for investors. Hence, why we are so focused on understanding our customers now - so we can SELL
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Your Course Instructor
Sandras is an expert on entrepreneurship and innovation. He has founded successful companies in IT, entertainment and startup education. He has worked with over 25 organisations, lectured at over 17 universities and been to 22 countries.
He is the director of entrepreneurship development at Africa Trust Group, the fund manager for Enygma Ventures, and former Director of Startup Grind Cape Town, Johannesburg and Luaska.
Sandras has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from UCT. He has been taught by teachers such as Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Tony Robbins. He has shared stages with Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Maskovitch, Youtube co-founder Steve Chen, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Blank and Clayton Christensen.
He has worked in banking, mobile payments, unit trusts, IT and education. He has been named one of the 15 tech people to follow in 2018 and 2019. He has been featured on CNBC Africa and SABC 3 and has been a mentor on SABC 1 TV programme Making Moves.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will I get feedback on my pitch?
Yes! You have the opportunity submit your pitch deck for feedback from the course instructors. This feedback will highlight what you need to improve and how you can make your slides more effective.
2. Will I get to pitch in front of investors?
This course doesn’t include live investor pitching itself, but all we will review all submissions. If you're interested in weekly pitch practice with mentors, and pitching in front of investors monthly, then please check out our Startup Launch Programme. You're welcome to join our Startup Launch Friday Pitch Practices and Demo days to watch those pitches and learn more.
3. Will you help me with my business plan?
We encourage everyone to focus on the pitch deck first prior to any business plan. The pitch deck is what investors hear first and what captivates their attention. They receive tens of pitch decks a day, so the pitch deck needs to be good! They are not interested in reading long business plans.
4. Will I get mentors?
This is a short online course on how to pitch to investors. The course has all the key guidance you will need, its up to you to take it all in and apply it to your business. If you are interested in regular coaching or mentoring sessions, then our FoundersCircle would be great for you.
6. Will I get investment from doing this course?
This course explains all the options available to you for funding, how to approach investors, and how to craft a great pitch deck. It provides you with the best tools, and its up to you to build your great pitch! We can't promise funding as its down to you to apply all the lessons you learn in the course, which will be specific to your business.
7. I've written my Business Plan already, is this course appropriate for me?
Yes it is! We encourage you to take this. Having a business plan and pitching well to investors are two different things. A business plan is just a document. Your pitch is how you present your business through slides and verbal communication, to specific investors. Doing this course will help you to view your business plan in a different light, and make it even better!
8. I'm just starting out, is it too early to do this?
The earlier you do this course the better! You'll learn the options available to you to fund your new business, and what you should be focusing on ahead of time for investment.
9. Will you give me a list of investors I can go to?
The type of investor you need is often dependent on a number of factors. These include your industry, type of business, your stage, your business maturity and what you plan to use the money for. In the course we explain how these factors relate to the type of investors you should look for. When it comes to the investors themselves, they also have different focuses e.g. technology or health. We can give you guidance on how to approach this, and plan your conversations, but we won't be able to give a list tailored to you.
10. What happens after the course
At the end of the course we want to see your pitch decks! We'll give you feedback on them to help you move forward. We would also love to welcome you to join our online communities. You can access more advice, and attend our monthly events.
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