“Once I learned how to confidently and quickly raise investor funding for my ideas, it unlocked my power and creativity to think bigger and go bigger in life. I created Fundraising Mastery to take others down this same path”.
“Raising money can be frustrating and laborious, or it can be quick and smooth. Like a sherpa helping you climb Mt. Everest we enjoy guiding and supporting entrepreneurs on the journey to master this strange art,
so you can close your round and put a dent in the universe.”
-Will Sacks, Fulcrum Founder
Fundraising Mastery is a 3-month accelerator program designed to help you successfully raise as much investor capital as you need to seed your company.
The program is designed for founders who have raised less than $2M and who are currently raising (or planning to raise) a round of investor capital.
“Fulcrum isn’t just theory, it doesn’t speak in hypotheticals, this is the no-bullsh*t step by step guide to getting funded. Over the past 90 days, I’ve realized how much time I’ve wasted doing things the absolute wrong way.
Tired of going unnoticed and overlooked, I sort of discovered the program out of desperation. But now that despair is certainty and confidence. I know exactly what to say in investor meetings and how to say it. I recommend this program for anyone looking to shave months or even years off their fundraising goals.”
Fundraising Mastery includes group calls, one on one strategy calls and a
program of activities to walk founders through the fundraising process
and execute on their raise.
The program is perfect for founders who want to avoid wasting time and
execute on their fundraise thinking and acting like a pro.
Fundraising Mastery are able to raise more money in less time from better
investors on better terms
The program is structured to maximize learning and application of what you learn into your actual business and your actual fundraise. This is a hands-on program. The structure is as follows:
1. Bi-weekly live session video calls with Q&A section (Thursdays from 10-11:30 MT)
2. Bi-weekly office hours with Fulcrum experts (and guests) to get your questions answered and work through execution.
3. Bi-weekly 1 on 1 strategy calls (scheduled when it works for you).
4. Weekly group calls with 3 other program CEOs to build your network, provide accountability and power your process
5. 24/7 Private Slack mastermind group
6. Weekly activities to prepare and execute your raise.
Program Live Session dates are Feb 25th, Mar 11th, 25th, Apr 8th, 22nd, May 6th and May 20th @ 10am MST (GMT-7)
Our live sessions give us the opportunity to:
* Learn the Fulcrum fundraising process
* Build community
* Build accountability
* Get reflected by other leaders
* Share our wins
* Commiserate our setbacks
* Learn and grow
* Get questions answered
* See new opportunities
* Uplevel our abilities
One-on-one strategy calls give us the opportunity to:
* Dive deep on your application of the process
* Revisit your high-level strategy and make adjustments if necessary
* Dive deep on your thorniest fundraising issues or questions
* Build deeper relationships
* Motivate and orient you towards success
The Slack group is our place to connect and help each other execute between calls.
We use Slack to ask questions, tell stories, build community, share materials, get feedback.
Different channels in Slack allow us to address the entire gamut of fundraising Q&A as well as help with the specifics of closing specific investors, etc.
We hold office hours with guests that come and share their insights. For example Ron Taro, Director at New World Angels spoke to our cohort on raising from Angel groups. We hold Office Hours and Q&A sessions with Angel Investors, VCs, funded founders, investor panels etc.
“I highly recommend Fundraising Mastery for every entrepreneur aiming to raise a seed round. It is a great investment into this well-crafted outcomes-driven process. Fundraising Mastery is the Olympics for seed fundraisers.”
GetFunded: The ultimate startup fundraising program is part of Fundraising Mastery. Put an end to wasted time, learn how the game is played, and get cash in the bank.
In Fundraising Mastery you will have access to all the GetFunded audio lessons so you can supplement your progress and understanding as you complete the program.
We don’t have dates set for the next cohort yet. If you would like to be notified when we open the applications, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Sessions are mandatory while office hours are optional (but highly recommended). If there’s an emergency and you’re not able to join a session, that’s OK. All sessions are recorded, so you can watch or rewatch them at a time that works for you.
In our experience we get the best results when just the CEO attends the group sessions and is in our founder Slack group. Co-Founders are welcome to attend 1 on 1’s (with our permission) and since all sessions are recorded, co-founders are welcome to watch or listen to them later so they are fully up to speed on the process.
We only work with CEO’s. If you’re not the CEO, please have your CEO apply.
Fundraising takes time. The more time you spend on it, the sooner you will get your round closed. In our experience, 20+ hours per week is the minimum amount of time you need to spend on fundraising. 30 hours is better than 20, and 40 hours is better than 30. If you aren’t ready to commit to your fundraise please don’t apply.
We usually work with up to 25 companies per cohort.
Yes. If you’re planning to open your round soon, now is the best time to start preparing.
Yes. We work with companies worldwide and we’ve found our process works for companies outside the US. Sessions and Office Hours are held at 9 am PST / 10 am MST / 12 pm EST / 6 pm CET. If that time work for you, you’re welcome to apply.
Yes, we have a growing network of investors whom you will meet in the program. Once you are ready we will help facilitate introductions for you to investors that match your company.
Yes, for companies admitted to Fundraising Mastery we take a small amount of equity on founder friendly terms in the form of a warrant. You can learn more about the warrant here https://fulcrumventureaccelerator.com/fulcrum-warrant/
Yes, if you are accepted into the program you will receive more than $125,000 USD in perks from top vendors like IBM, AirTable, Docusign, Zendesk, Typeform, Foundersuite and more.
Yes. 2 professionally designed set of slides are included in the program (one for emailing and one for presenting).
Inside Fundraising Mastery we have a structured and regimented process that will vastly improve your slides and presentation. Whether you have a deck already or are just starting to create it, within the first few weeks of the program you will have in your hands 2 professionally designed sets of slides to be used when emailing investors and when presenting to investors live. Many founders find this process to be one of the highlights of the program.
Yes. Included in Fundraising Mastery is a complete set of fundraising documents for convertible note, preferred equity, and revenue share funding rounds as well as example term sheets. We provide video walkthroughs of each term in each of the documents and support and mentorship in finalizing your funding documents. We’ve had founders save more than $10k in legal fees thanks to these templates.
Fundraising Mastery is an intensive program. The more you put into the program the more you will get out of it. In our experience founders who succeed hit the ground running and keep up momentum through the entire program. This means clearing your schedule and committing to your raise as your top priority. Also applying early helps because once you are admitted the work begins.
Historically we’ve accepted about 20% of founders who apply. Our acceptance rate has been decreasing over time and we expect to accept around 10% of applications for this next cohort.
If you would like to be a part of our next cohort, please fill out the form below and we’ll let you know when applications are open.
(Note: We review applications and make enrollment decisions on a rolling basis so your chances of being accepted are greater if you apply early.)
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