Fundraising - An overview

During the early stages of a startup, the management team may not be fully formed; products in the developmental phase or testing phase; patents may not have been granted and even the websites may be in the designing stage. In such cases, the entrepreneurs will usually start to seek funding through Accelerators, Angels and Venture Capitalists to grow their business.. Securing capital investment which is also called fundraising could be a significant turning point for an entrepreneur.

Fundraising stages of a startup


Fundraising happens in multiple stages:

Seed round or (commonly called seed funding): As the name suggests, the company gets “seeded” with the initial funds to conceptualize the business idea and to bring it to the market. At this stage, the business may not even have working prototypes set and could still be working towards developing the product.

Series A: Once the company develops the product or service and begins to gain traction, it starts looking out to venture capitalists for the next round of funding, to aid in its early stage of growth.

Series B: By this time, the business would have established a working business model and gained some credibility in the industry. Now, with the potential to grow further, additional capital would be required to expand operations and reach more customers.

Series C: This round of funding happens when the company has proved its mettle in the industry and is on the lookout for expansion of the customer base in new markets, targeting acquisitions, and looking at innovation on other types of products. This may also be the last stage in a company’s growth cycle after which it might go for an Initial Public Offer (IPO).


How Vakilsearch helps?


Vakilsearch helps ambitious entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with best-in-class fundraising service to scale up their business. Our experts can be instrumental in getting your business off the ground.

We have partnered with some of the leading, prominent Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists in the Indian start-up ecosystem to better facilitate deal closure for you.

​After taking into account the stage and sector of your business, we connect you to investors who are the right fit for your company and also follow up with them moving forward.

We assist you with:

Mentorship

You will be mentored by entrepreneurs who have achieved stellar results with funding rounds. They work with you in enhancing your pitching skills and you will get:

  • Specially curated content on how to approach fundraising
  • Assistance from financial experts and Chartered Accountants in arriving at projections, valuing your company, understanding your financials, financial planning, etc
  • Guidance from legal experts - we'll help you understand investment terminology, term sheet negotiation, your rights and obligations, and so on
  • ​Dedicated compliance team - we also ensure that your compliances are in place by conducting free basic diligence

Investment Pitch Deck

Pitch Deck is essentially a brief presentation that provides investors information about your business model, products/services, monetization strategy, and your company’s market position. Most Venture Capitalists, private equity firms, banks and other financial institutions demand a business plan before further process. It needs to be visually attractive with minimal text and at the same time self-explanatory, effectively communicating your business’ potential.

Some of the components that go into a well-designed business plan (or pitch deck) are:

Elevator Pitch - A brief paragraph on the problem you are trying to solve.

Solution - The answer to the problem you are trying to solve.

Market Analysis - Insights into the market and a dense analysis of the competition.

USP - Evidence that your business differs from other businesses and why it will succeed.

Business Model - Where you believe you add value and what customers will end up paying for.

Go-to-market strategy - How you reach customers and convince them. How, over time, this strategy will evolve.

Current Traction - What has already been achieved by the business?

Founding Team - Background on each founding member and other key players.

Vakilsearch has tied up with some of the most experienced investment professionals to craft your business plan so that you can succinctly convey the potential of your business to investors.

After finalizing your deck, we will also conduct a free legal diligence to further assess your investment readiness.

Investor Connect

Once you're investment ready, we facilitate connections to our network of Investor Partners, who may choose to invest in your business. We match you with the right investors for your sector and space and provide assured responses on a timely basis. To better facilitate deal closure for our clients, we've partnered with the most active and prominent Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists like kStart, The Chennai Angels, Advant Edge, Astarc Ventures, etc. in the Indian start-up ecosystem.

FAQs on Fundraising


Once an investor has expressed interest in investing in your company and a term sheet is signed, closure of the investment process could take anywhere between 3-6 months on average. Note that this is only indicative and actual timelines could vary.
While each fund takes into consideration multiple factors before finally making an investment decision, in our experience, some key factors are - good traction indicators, size and nature of market (many investors feel 4 wheeler ride sharing market is too competitive at the moment for example), and prior experience of entrepreneurs.
Yes. We take client confidentiality very seriously, and would be fine executing a non-disclosure agreement if the client requires.
Yes, we can definitely help you with your pitch deck and connect you to investors who are looking at US based businesses.
Key information that investors are looking for needs to be conveyed to them in a succinct manner, without glossing over any important data. Examples of good decks can be found for free online, to get a better understanding of what needs to be included, format to follow, etc. - Uber, Airbnb etc.
The deck should be ready in 15-20 days from the date on which information collection is completed. Keep in mind that we do a second iteration free of cost once the client has the chance to go through the first draft and provide inputs.
Not all investors would look into all business channels. Thorough market research with enhanced networking will help you. For further guidance, you can reach out to, investor aggregators like Vakilsearch.
You will have to present a pitch deck that states how your solution uniquely solves the need or the gap. For more information on how to draft your pitch deck and highlight your unique solution please contact Vakilsearch and ask for your free funding consultation today. Our investor connect is one of the best in India.

Why Vakilsearch?


With careful and painstaking research on your business requirements, we go that extra mile in illustrating the prospects of your startup. Our team of seasoned experts work seamlessly together to deliver the perfect pitch deck.

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