Entrepreneur education

Before fundraising we advise entrepreneurs to educate themselves on the process and terms. It is important that you understand what you are signing up for and the potential ramifications further down the track. Signing up to the wrong terms can have disastrous consequences.


We suggest you read these basic texts or something similar, so that you understand common terms.

  • ‘Secrets of Sand Hill Road, Venture Capital and How To Get It’ by Scott Kupor.
  • Venture Deals’ Brad Feld and John Mendelsohn: the founders’ and venture capitalist’s bible
  • Angel Investing’ by David Rose: a comprehensive and straightforward explanation of how angel investing works’
  • Review the standard term sheet and seed documents on the AVCAL website 
  • Review Airtree Ventures open sourced VC term sheet complete with clear explanations of terms
  • Read 20 ways your company will fail by Jason Mendelson or watch it here.

Further reading

Knowledge is power. Be more Tony Stark and read this list”  Ian Gardiner, Investment Partner, Jelix Ventures.

Preparing your Pitch

  • Google “One Page Pitch Canvas” for a simple guide to the structure and content investors want to see in your deck.  
  • Watch the TED talk on YouTube entitled “How to avoid death By PowerPoint” for a simple and powerful guide to how to present your deck.

Innovation Bay

Register as an entrepreneur and come along to the breakfast events for networking and hear pearls of wisdom from successful entrepreneurs, investors and other startup community luminaries. 


Open the Pod Bay Doorshosted by Ian Gardiner, Investment Partner, Jelix Ventures – another way to listen and learn from startup sector superstars. Brownie points if you don’t need help making the Space Odessy 2001 connection.


“Sales as a science” approach for SaaS companies. Watch here.

Potential sources of Funding

Female Founders

If you are a female founder we suggest you explore the following fabulous resources:

  • Heads Over Heels: Cherry picking strong female founders and helping them accelerate growth by way of powerful introductions and coaching   http://headsoverheels.com.au/
  • SpringBoard: Bootcamp for women founders- helping clarify business model, coaching, pitch training and more –  https://sb.co/
  • Elevacao: Pitch training and more, for very early stage female tech founders   http://www.elevacao.org/
  • Inspiring Rare Birds: All sorts of training sessions and resources aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs, including a dedicated grants application expert  http://www.inspiringrarebirds.com/
  • Scale: Women angel investors funding women entrepreneurs  http://scaleinvestors.com.au/
  • LMBDW ( ie Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine)- young, vibrant, global network of women entrepreneurs, co- founded by fabulous female entrepreneur Gen George  http://likemindedbitches.com/