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Startup Funding Simulation

Students learn the key terms of a funding deal while actively managing the funding process

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Simulation Overview

The Startup Funding Simulation is an entrepreneurial negotiation game designed by venture capital experts and startup advisors. It covers essential knowledge needed before engaging with seed investors and VCs.

Students step into the roles of startup founders and VCs, navigating the fundraising cycle from valuation to negotiating the key funding terms.

This multiplayer simulation emphasizes critical thinking through analysis, strategy, and deal closure. Students are assessed based on the favorable terms they achieve in the negotiation.

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3-5 hours4 DEBRIEFINGPlayers aim to close a seed funding round, representing either startups or early-stage VCs1 BRIEFING2 ANALYSINGTeams are formed, 2-3 players in each. Briefing docs are provided. Immersion in analysisTask prompts​STARTUP FUNDING - GAMEFLOWDifficulty adapts to playersReview VC role and aimsWatch briefing videoReview pitch deckand industry information​Review data room​Populate term sheet with VC friendly terms​Evaluate startup terms, prepare questions & negotiation strategy​Review startup role and aimsReview pitch deckand startup informationPopulate data roomCommunicate desired startup friendly termsEvaluate VC term sheet,prepare negotiation strategy​STARTUP TEAMSSTARTUP TEAMSVC TEAMSVC TEAMSPre-money valuation​Post-money valuation​Board of Directors​Anti-dilution provisionsStock options​Voting rights​Tag-along rights​Drag-along rightsVCs populate term sheets; startups accept or push back.All terms must be agreed upon​.Covenants​Rights of refusal​Reps and warranties​Liquidation preferences​TEAMS NEGOTIATE FUNDING AGREEMENTReview results and performance from all teams. Reflect on feedback.​Automatic assessment, relative to peers in the simulation​Pitch deck​Tool tips​Task prompts​Data room​Cap tableCompetitor alertsLive statsDeadlinesWinnersCertificate3 STRUCTURINGStartups ​meet VCs
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Key Features

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Duration

3 to 5 hours

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Ideal for

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA students

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Pre-requisites

Beginners

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Approach

Adaptive learning by doing in a competitive team setting

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Grading

Simulator provides assessment data to grade students

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Instructions

Explained by videos, case studies, pop-up windows

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Real-time feedback and scores

Provided by simulator

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Facilitator

Simulator runs by itself (coaching is optional)

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Clocks, rules and validation

Managed by the simulator

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Location

Virtual, in-classroom or hybrid

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53 seconds

Overview: Startup Funding Negotiation

  • Uncover the vital aspects of a funding round
  • Decode the essential terms of funding agreements
  • Engage in a high-octane real-life funding battle
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Pricing

Per participant (pricing valid for 50+ students)

DIY
Primed
Guided
Facilitated
Participants
$19
$33
$46
$59
Intense competitive gaming
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Feedback on concepts and work
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See ranking and performance stats
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Gain certification upon completion
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Intel: Data and Analytics to grade students
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Onboarding: Assistance on setup and deployment
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Support: Receive live support during a simulation
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Branding: Your logo and name on the interface
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Prep talk: Scene setting to increase student excitement
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Facilitation: Whole simulation run by Finsimco
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Benchmarking: Cohort performance stats
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Creators of the Startup Funding Simulation

The following industry professionals were involved from the beginning in the inception, creation, development, testing, and optimization of the simulation.

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Tech entrepreneur, VC investor & startup advisor, Steve Kelly.

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VC Investor, Raushan Kretschmar.

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Assistant Corporate Finance professor, Fatemeh Hosseini.

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Ex Finance Director, Precomp Tools, Aatmay Upponi.

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Facilitator Resources

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Webinar 23 May 2024 15:30

Join this 20-minute webinar, followed by a Q&A session, to immerse yourself in the simulation.

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