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Module 2: Introduction

Start-ups’ optimism is essential, but can blind them to the risks that investors see in their businesses. This module presents a framework to help companies see their businesses in the risk reduction framework of investors, for example, understanding that investment “use of proceeds” should focus on reducing risk to increase company value.

1. Common Startup Risks
2. Ten “Common Startup Risks” Self-Assessment
3. Your Particular Startup Risks
4. Share the “investor perspective” of risk analysis and risk reduction
5. Enable companies to speak the language
6. Encourage companies to reduce risks while pursuing opportunities

Outcome:
Companies will be able to understand better investors’ perceptions of the risks of their business and how to manage, mitigate or reduce them. Working with mentors, companies will develop a list of the top ten “common” startup risks and top ten “particular” company risks and plans to manage them, which will increase the likelihood of both company success and financing success.

XL Africa Academy

Welcome!

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?

Format

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

WHY INVEST YOUR TIME?

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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