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Module 9: Introduction

Finding the right balance between optimism and realism is challenging when it comes to developing financial models to present to investors. This session will dig into some of the core issues including the types of financial ratios that investors examine and the sensitivity analysis they want to see.

1. How: creating financial projections with a spreadsheet using some common accounting knowledge to help focus your resources
2. Why: creating financial projections shows investors you have carefully considered all financial implications

Outcome: Companies will understand how to adjust their financial projections better to maximize their chances of attracting appropriate investment. The framework will enable more in depth discussions with mentors that in turn will lead to more investor-friendly financials.

XL Africa Academy


The XL Africa Academy consists out of nine intensive training modules, designed to complement mentorship. As with the entire XL Africa program, these modules are created to help companies looking to raise post-seed capital in order to scale. The advanced content is brief and action oriented: what are the most important things you need to focus on to accelerate funding, corporate partnerships and growth?


  • Instructor led video
  • Guest speaker video
  • Supplementary written content
  • Additional reading materials
  • Worksheets


You Will…

  • Learn the subtleties of communicating with investors and navigating the challenging process of fundraising, from an experienced investor
  • Understand how to graduate from the Lean Canvas framework to scaling your business frameworks
  • Address the next set of questions and issues that follow completion of initial product delivery and early traction in your first market

With The Goals Of…

  • Focusing discussions with mentors on the most urgent issues and most advanced advice
  • Preparing for professional discussions with investors throughout the program but especially during the November 2017 residency
  • Accelerating progress towards success in the long and often frustrating processes of fundraising, corporate partnership and scaling
  • Building on your initial success and breaking out of the pack.
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