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Raising Seed Capital

Steven Schlafman

Several years ago I started teaching a class on raising seed capital at General Assembly and Skillshare.   I initially created the class because friends and founders were coming to me for fundraising advice and I was answering generally the same questions over and over.  

A few months ago, I realized the initial slideshare that I used for dozens of classes was good as long as there was a voiceover but not great as a standalone guide. I decided to speak with a handful of my students and founders to see what they would want in a v2 fundraising resource.  

After many conversations and too many nights and weekends in Powerpoint, I’m excited to share with you the next version of my guide to raising seed capital  In this slideshare, I answer the follow questions in an easy to digest format:  

  • What is seed capital?
  • Why should I raise?
  • What is the current state of the seed market. 
  • Who invets in startups?
  • How do I prepare?
  • What is the close process?
  • What are some useful resources?

I sincerely hope you find this resource valuable and educational. I plan to update the deck on a regular basis so any feedback is encouraged and appreciated. Finally, if you’re a founder and about to go through the process, be a little patient and stay optimistic. Fundraising is often a long and stressful but very rewarding journey.  Good luck.