Successful funding programs utilize seasoned serial entrepreneurs, venture professionals and investors to help you get to market. The following programs represent the oldest and most successful venture funding acceleration programs in the United States
The investors involved with these programs are VCs from Venture Capital Firms or Angel Investors who typically made their money as entrepreneurs and Serial Entrepreneurs who have had more than one successful exit.
VC Funding Programs start with three main components:
Quality of Deal
The quality of your deal is essential. Do you really have a great venture capital deal? Do investors consider your deal to be "venture quality"? Do your potential (or existing) customers consider your value proposition as a must have? Additionally, your ability as an entrepreneur is even more scrutinized than your deal may be. Why? Successful entrepreneurs will figure it out, change, lead, and sell, sell, sell even (especially) in the eleventh hour.
Networks of seasoned VCs (venture capitalists) angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, and venture professionals with decades of experience in helping companies raise capital, and go to market. The essence of commercialization starts here.
Gain knowledge through experience; preferably someone else's. The right network has a knowledge base that can save you years of guess work and millions of dollars. The network with the "right" knowledge will help you succeed at an accelerated rate.
Companies that get accepted into the WBI Venture Ready® Program receive customized mentoring to help their companies successful commercialize. Upon approval from the mentors, companies graduate into the Investor Ready® Program and actively get promoted and introduced to investors and strategic partners.
The Investor Ready® Program actively promotes high quality deals to active VCs, Angel Investors and others. Typically, most startup companies will begin the commercialization process in the Venture Ready Program. Serial entrepreneurs® who clearly demonstrate their expertise and preparedness sometimes are already ready to be part of the Investor Ready® Program. These companies are usually referred in by investors, venture professionals or already know us.