The Fundraising Founder OS


(7 ratings)


4 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Efficiently and effectively fundraise for your startup with investors you want on your cap table.

Course overview

Build a fundraising operating system that gets you more term sheets.

Over the last decade, I’ve learnt a lot about what it takes to fundraise for startups and invest well as a VC.

During this time I have been searching to find the secret sauce to making fundraising more successful.

And you know what?

There's a proven and tested method by:

1. Building the right relationships through a structured network

2. Telling a clear and concise narrative that makes investors excited by what you are building

3. Using the right frameworks, processes and preparation before you launch and as you go through your fundraise

The real secret to having a more successful fundraise for your startup is to create an Operating System for how you tackle your fundraise.

So you can:

- Make your fundraise seamless

- Meet investors you would love to work with

- Speak to them with clarity

- Show them why they should invest into you

All so you can get an oversubscribed round for your start-up.

With the types of investors that will not just give you money, but also help you succeed.

Who is this course for


You are a pre-seed to Series B founder looking to fundraise in the next 3-18+ months.


You want a tried and true fundraising system so you can create a more successful fundraise.


You want to create a competitive round with the types of investors who will help you grow and scale your startup.

What you’ll get out of this course

Examine why investors think the way they do

You have to know how investors think and how you should communicate why your start-up is something they should invest into.

You'll create a knowledge book of why investors think the way they do, and how you can communicate with them to make them excited by you.

Speak with clarity to create your influential narrative that makes investors love you

Fundraising is about being clear, confident and consistent about why and what you are building your company for.

You'll synthesize a narrative that makes investors want to invest into you by delving into your deeper why, the stories of your customers and your vision.

Build a functioning network with 150+ warm connections to investors

Fundraising is all about perception. Getting multiple warm connections into an investor is the best way to make that perception the highest.

By the end of this course you will have a functioning CRM of connectors, founders and investors for when you launch your fundraise.

Create a repeatable, efficient and more successful fundraising process for every single fundraise you ever do.

You will develop your preparation, launch timeline and fundraising strategy that will give you the highest chance of successfully fundraising.

You will use this for every single fundraise you do in the future.

Course syllabus

8 live sessions • 13 modules • 25 lessons • 37 projects
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  • Week 1

    Nov 13—Nov 19

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Nov


      Orientation & Foundations

      Tue, Nov 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM UTC

    • Nov


      Workshop 1: How To Have A Rock-Solid Mindset & Founder Origin Story

      Thu, Nov 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC


    • Orientation & Foundations

    • Workshop 1: How to Have A Rock-Solid Mindset & Founder Origin Story

  • Week 2

    Nov 20—Nov 26

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Nov


      Workshop 2: Mapping Your Network & Building Your Investor Lists

      Tue, Nov 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC

    • Nov


      Workshop 3: Creating An Investable Narrative

      Thu, Nov 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC


    • Workshop 2: Mapping Your Network & Building Your Investor Lists

    • Workshop 2: Homework Exercises

    • Workshop 3: Creating An Investable Narrative

    • Workshop 3: Homework Exercises

  • Week 3

    Nov 27—Dec 3

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Nov


      Workshop 4: Preparing & Launching Your Fundraise

      Tue, Nov 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC

    • Nov


      Workshop 5: How To Get More Term Sheets With A Proper Process

      Thu, Nov 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC


    • Workshop 4: Preparing & Launching Your Fundraise

    • Workshop 4: Homework Exercises

    • Workshop 5: How to Get More Term Sheets

    • Workshop 5: Homework Exercises

  • Week 4

    Dec 4—Dec 7

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Dec


      Workshop 6: Mock Intro Meetings + Q&A

      Tue, Dec 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC

    • Dec


      Graduation, Q&A + Final Remarks!

      Thu, Dec 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM UTC


    • Workshop 6: Mock Intro Meetings & Q&A

    • Graduation!

  • Post-Course


    • Submit Deck For Review


(7 ratings)

What students are saying

What people are saying

        Gian's advice in this course has been extremely useful and not the kind of advice you can simply find googling around. He shares inside tips that founders and even VCs themselves are unaware of. Knowing more of the psychology behind fundraising has made a big difference for us getting funding for our fundraise. This allowed us to raise €500k.
Sana Al-Badri

Sana Al-Badri

Co-founder, Sage Fund
        Gian knows his stuff! Despite having fundraised multiple times before for my own businesses and supporting others - what I have learnt has been a game changer. His hands-on experience has given me invaluable insight, not only into the mindset of an investor and the process, but critically the importance of discipline and structure.
Vishal Amin

Vishal Amin

Co-founder, Until
        Gian has a fantastic ability to spot unusually talented entrepreneurs and has the rare position of having been on both sides of the pitch! I worked with Gian looking at thousands of opportunities and many of the key principles in the course reflect how the venture capital world operates and the questions an investor is thinking, but wouldn't say!
Will Gibbs

Will Gibbs

Partner, Octopus Ventures
        It felt like we were trying to attract funds blindfolded. We had no real concept of a system or proper method. That is, until we were introduced to Gian. He guided us through his successful formula so investors have a sense of competition. He revamped our narrative and finally it feels like it communicates what we have to offer. We are grateful.
Maryon Stewart

Maryon Stewart

Co-Founder, Femmar

Meet your instructor

Gian Seehra

Gian Seehra

I started my career as a serial founder.

However I failed to fundraise for my first 3 startups.

This was a frustrating experience and I spent a long time trying to understand why I failed.

I applied these learnings to my next two companies where we raised $16,000,000.

I then joined Octopus Ventures, one of Europe's largest Venture Capital firms, as a VC.

During my 3 years at Octopus I was a part of $150,000,000 in venture capital funding from pre-seed to series B companies.​

This allowed me to see the other side of the coin in fundraising.

Then, in 2020, I decided to leave my VC job as I had the itch to be a founder again.

And I have now spent the last 2 years trying to solve how to make a structured process to fundraising.

The founders I have helped have gone on to raise $160,000,000+ through this process.

And I can help you build yours.

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Course schedule

4-6 hours per week
  • October - November 2023

    A 4-week course

    Each session will involve interactive lectures and breakout groups. Most of the coursework will be done during class.

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays

    1:00pm - 3:00pm GMT

  • Weekly projects

    2-4 hours per week

    Videos, exercises and frameworks to prepare you for the week ahead.

Free resource

A Tier-1 VC Investment Committee Paper

An Investment Committee (IC) paper is used when an investor is pitching your company to their IC.

This is when they discuss if they will give you a term sheet.

Having this IC paper example is best way to understand how an investor makes decisions about investing in you.

Get this free resource!

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects to make sure you are doing the necessary work to fundraise successfully.

Interactive and project-based.

You’ll be interacting with other founders through breakout rooms and project teams. This is NOT just learning, this is DOING.

Learn with a cohort of founders.

Join a community of like-minded founders who want to learn and grow alongside you.

Having this type of community is paramount to a successful fundraise.

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