The Funding Course

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YourStory Academy has collaborated with India’s top investors, entrepreneurs and Harvard Business Review for content , to create India’s first course with an exact blueprint to help you crack your first fundraising round.

If there’s one question that keeps entrepreneurs like you and me up at night, it’s this: how do I ensure I raise enough funds to grow my business, realise my vision, and scale my startup?

Indeed, fundraising is a crucial aspect of scaling startups and their vision. Still, only a small percentage of the nearly 30,000 registered startups in India have been able to crack it.

In fact, in 2019, over 900 startups raised capital to the tune of $14.5 billion. These 900 startups received funding where thousands of others failed to raise. These 900 or so startup founders were able to successfully convince investors about the growth potential of their business, product, or idea.

So, what did they do right? How did they attract investors to their business? What did they do to persuade investors, both global and domestic, to sign them million-dollar cheques? What were the factors that helped them clinch the deal?

And then there are questions around valuation, control, legal and compliance practices, pitching, types of funding, term sheets, and networking, to name a few – all of which determine the success of your fundraising efforts.

These are the very questions we address for you in YourStory Academy’s Funding Course – a learning programme that takes you through the core fundamentals of fundraising, with real-world, practical examples and learnings from people who have been there and done that. You have investors, entrepreneurs, investment bankers talking directly to you all about funding.

So expect to learn from the best in the Indian startup ecosystem when you sign up for YourStory Academy.

And from one entrepreneur to another, I leave you now with my favourite quote from Steve Jobs on perseverance – the only trait that YourStory Academy cannot teach you, which you must develop yourself :-)

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

About the Funding Course

The Funding Course


The only course you need to avoid pitfalls and raise money successfully from the right investors in the right way.

by YourStory Academy

Some snippets from The Funding Course

Preparation Before Pitching

Accepting previously rejected companies

Role of Investment Banking

With The Funding Course, you will learn.. 


What to Expect

01.  Fund raise: Are you ready or not?


18 Videos

02.  Bootstrapping: A forgotten way of doing business !

2 Videos

03.  How to pitch and woo investors?

9 Videos

04.  Valuation: The art and science of it.

6 Videos

05.  Term Sheet

4 Videos

06.  Transaction Documents

4 Videos

07.  What does an angel investor look for in a pitch ?

3 Videos

08.  What does it take to get into a start up accelerator ?

4 Videos

09.  How do VC's approach the entire investment process ?

15 Videos

10.  What you need to do post receiving investment ?

3 Videos

11.  Legalities

11 Videos

12.  Harvard Business Review Content

7 Content Pieces

13.  Bonus Material

5 Content Pieces

14.  Add-on : Active Investors List 2020

200+ Contacts

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Exclusive bonus content

Videos, Articles & case studies from HBR

Ask me anything with experts

2 exclusive webinars every month with Fundraising experts to address queries

Fundraise collateral

Sample term sheets, Sample Shareholders agreement, Active Investor list 2020 & more

Become a part of Community

Closed Facebook Group for discussions & community engagement

Certification of completion

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Meet Our Contributors

Shradha Sharma

Founder & CEO of YourStory

Shradha is the Founder & CEO at YourStory. She is amongst the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian startup ecosystem and has earned many accolades which include being featured in LinkedIn’s top 3 online influencers in India & Fortune magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ list of powerful Indians.

Kashyap Chanchani

Managing Partner at The Rainmaker Group

Kashyap is the Managing Partner at The Rainmaker Group, which is a specialist fundraise advisory firm for Tier 1 VC-backed, technology-driven businesses. Some of his prominent deals include Nearbuy-Little-Paytm, Sale of to NASDAQ:EBIX & Fundraise for from Google Capital.

Siddarth Pai

Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital

Siddarth is the Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital which is an early-stage venture capital firm that manages a corpus of $100Mil+. Some of his prominent investments include YourStory, Licious, BetterPlace, Bugworks, Faircent, DarwinBox, Pocket Aces, and Tracxn.

Alok Goyal

Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Alok is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Alok's earlier investments include Pipemong & Axtria.

Rahul Chowdhri

Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Rahul is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Rahul's earlier investments include Bigbasket, Toppr & Livspace.

Ritesh Banglani

Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Ritesh is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Ritesh's earlier investments include Taxiforsure & Housing.

Mohandas Pai

Chairman of Aarin Capital & Manipal Global Education

Mohandas Pai is the Chairman of Aarin Capital & Manipal Global Education. He is a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys. He has emerged as one of India's most prolific angel investors and has helped start over 10 different funds in venture, growth, and public markets.

Aprameya Radhakrishna

Founder of Vokal & Taxiforsure

Aprameya is the Founder of Vokal & Taxiforsure. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 20 companies that include Tapchief, Kaarva, DailyNinja, Unacademy & others.

Ashish Gupta

Founder & CEO at MyPetrolPump

Ashish is the Founder & CEO at MyPetrolPump which is a Y Combinator company. MyPetrolPump is also well recognized by the Govt. of India & Govt. of Karnataka and winner of multiple startup excellence awards such as Elevate100, Wharton India Startup Challenge, Echelon100 and more.

Vatsal Gaur

Associate Partner at HSA Advocates

Vatsal Gaur is an Associate Partner at HSA Advocates. He is an experienced transactional lawyer with a focus on M&A, Venture Capital & Private Equity transactions.

Hari TN

HR Head at BigBasket

Hari TN is the HR Head at BigBasket and has earlier been the Head of HR at Taxiforsure, Virtusa, IBM Daksh & many more. He is an active angel investor & advisor to numerous startups & institutions. He is also a Mentor at Techstars, Rocketium, Silicon Road, Unfound & others.

Early Bird Offer !



*Valid only till April 30th

Here’s what the Pioneers have to say ..

– Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm

"This funding course should help you navigate your funding journey and all the very best to you. Hope you go on to build a successful and high impact venture."

– Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Ola

"For a first time entrepreneur, raising funds can be a challenge. It helps to be prepared and understand what investors are looking for while pitching to them. YourStory Academy’s ‘Funding Course’ brings you valuable experience from entrepreneurs, that you can learn from to succeed in your entrepreneurial journey."

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