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Ryan Wilson

Teaches the Business of Fundraising for Founders of Color
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Inside Ryan’s Course

Lesson Sample

(0m 48s total)

Lesson Plan

8 Video Lessons (1hr 08m total)

Category: Money, Fundraising

Lesson Plan

8 Video Lessons (1hr 08m total)

Category: Money, Fundraising

01. Positioning Your Startup for Funding

At what stage is your startup ready to raise capital? In this lesson, Ryan helps you answer that question, and more.

02. Understanding the Type of Capital Available to Startups

In this lesson, Ryan teaches you about various types of capital: venture, debt, angel investing and crowd investing. You’ll also learn the differences between the pre-seed, seed, and friends and family rounds. Ryan shares how he decided which capital was best for his business.

03. Developing a Proper Pitch Deck

What is a pitch deck and why do you need one? In this lesson, Ryan teaches you about what should be included in your pitch deck, as well as the do’s and don’ts.

04. How to Find Interested Investors

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use your existing network to get introductions to interested investors. You’ll also understand how to do your own research to make cold connections. Ryan shares how he was able to get artists and athletes invested in his company, and his advice for others looking to do the same.

05. The Pitch Meeting

Learn how to prepare for and handle yourself at investor pitch meetings. Ryan offers guidance around determining whether pitch competitions are right for you, and he shares the best and worst pitch meetings he’s attended.

06. Equity and Ownership

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to properly view equity in your company, how to maintain control even when you give up equity, the differences between ownership and control, and key advice around retaining your equity as a founder of color.

07. Having the Willpower to Endure

How do you build resilience when you’re told “no” more than “yes”? Ryan offers seasoned guidance, and helps you determine what to do or say when an investor tells you “no.”

08. BONUS LESSON: Key resources

Ryan gives you some tips and a few firms to consider for your next fund raise. He also shares the things he wishes he knew before raising money, the VC firms or networks that founders of color can go to once they’re ready to raise money, and how often you should interact or report to your investors after securing funding.


About Ryan

Do you have an amazing business, prototype, or idea that you want to scale with venture funding? In this course, Ryan Wilson walks you through the steps he took to raise capital as a founder of color. Ryan is the Co-Founder and CEO of TGS Holdings, a consumer lifestyle and hospitality company. The company owns The Gathering Spot, a series of private membership clubs; and A3C Fest, a music, tech and film conference. At just 24 years old, Ryan and his business partner raised private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot location in Atlanta. You’ll learn all about equity, pitching to investors, various types of capital financing, crowdfunding and other important strategies to help you fund your ideas.


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