This week HackerYou launched new workshops for September. This is very exciting to me for 2 reasons:
1) HackerYou is using the first custom branded ShopLocket widgets and product pages to sell tickets. Fun!
2) I’m going to be hosting one of the first HackerYou workshops in a few weeks.
If you’re interested in learning more about my experience raising money for ShopLocket, or the ups and downs of the fundraising roller coaster. Come on out on September 26th. To register of for more information, see full details below:
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Your First Round
Raising money for your startup is no easy task. If you aren’t prepared, VCs and Angels will rip you apart, especially if you don’t know how they operate and what motivates them. Asking for someone else’s hard earned money doesn’t just come with a “pretty please” before it. It takes a lot of preparation. Katherine should know, she recently closed a $1 million seed round for her company ShopLocket from investors like Rho Canada and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures.
This hands-on workshop will teach you about the basics of venture capital and what you need to know to navigate the fundraising roller-coaster. You’ll learn everything from what types of funding are available, to finding the right investors, to knowing how to pitch them, to finally negotiating terms. The workshop will touch on important questions, such as:
- Should I even raise funding at all?
- Should I raise in the US or Canada?
- Should my company stay in Toronto?
- How much money should I raise?
The answers aren’t always cut and dry. We’ll help you find out what it really takes to get the funding you need to scale and will discuss the trade offs you need to make along the way.
About Katherine Hague
Katherine Hague is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University. After working in marketing and digital media, she started her own company ShopLocket with the goal of powering the next wave of e-commerce. After going through the Extreme Startups accelerator this Spring, Katherine raised a $1 million seed round in less than two months. Oh, and she’s only 22.