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What goes through an investor’s mind ? Why does one startup raise funds and not another? What is the successful and pragmatic path towards a successful fund raising? Raising funds is a challenging and exhaustive journey. nyuko Funding gathers this week the best experts to help you understand, execute and master this process. This Thursday and Friday, a one-and-a-half day of training will cover all aspects you need to know, such as facing different types of investors, implementing and piloting your financial performance, value your company, legal fundamentals when negotiating for your shareholders’ agreement. Entrepreneurs joining this training will learn the best practices from the pros. We asked Nicolas Valaize, project manager at nyuko and in charge of “How to raise funds” to detail the training program.

What is the purpose of the event?

The purpose of this event is to give the keys to each entrepreneurs to raise funds from private investors. Our vision at nyuko is to propel the entrepreneurial ecosystem towards a Startup Nation together with all players. We’ve translate this vision through three pillars: Learning, Sharing and Funding.

Great teams, great projects and great startups need funds to finance their growth.

This event is all about the latter. Great teams, great projects and great startups need funds to finance their growth. At nyuko we believe that the more prepared they are, the better they will do when facing investors. This event will teach you every single steps you need to master, so that you’ll be able to methodologically reproduce them and successfully raise funds.

What is the line-up?

We have created a top quality line-up on this intensive training. Unbelievably skilled and experienced speakers gratefully accepted to join the party. We have experienced VCs, experienced Business Angels, entrepreneurs that raised funds, lawyers, professional fund raisers… All of them during one and a half days, on Thursday and Friday morning of this week at nyuko.

What would you like participants to learn from this event?

I want the investor to be demystified. You know what? At the end of the day, an investor is a guy sitting in his office, going through dozens of pitching decks, trying not to miss the next unicorn.

I want the participants to learn […] to seduce an investor […]

Of course, we’ll go through many – many ! – technical details. But what I want the participants to learn from this intensive training is the way to seduce an investor, the way to build a relationship strong enough so that at one point he/she will look at you and your business as a potentially trustworthy one to invest in.

Is it easy to raise funds in Luxembourg?

I believe nowhere on Earth it is easy to raise funds. And I’ve often heard about a lack of investors in Luxembourg. But this is not true, at all, at least on the seed money.

What is the issue then? A huge gap between investors’ expectations and entrepreneurs’ understanding of these expectations.

I meet investors every week, and I guarantee you that they are actively looking for investment opportunities. The money is definitely here! What is the issue then? A huge gap between investors’ expectations and entrepreneurs’ understanding of these expectations. Myself, I’ve invested in five French start-ups in the past twelve months. I wish they were Luxembourg-based instead! You see, I have a mission at nyuko: transform our Entrepreneur’s pitching skills, so that I don’t need to travel abroad anymore to invest in startups.


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