Qualified Startup Dealflow.
Foundational helps founders collaborate with prospective investors to expedite their next raise. Investors that provide feedback to Foundational gain access to a steady stream of qualified early-stage startup dealflow up to 18 months ahead of other investors.
Foundational has collaborated with over 100 venture capital funds representing over $5Bn in AUM to help founders ensure they’re positioned to raise their Seed and Series A financing. The feedback they provide helps us proactively guide startups to a point where they are investable sooner than with the typical fundraising timeline where a founder would not be adopting investor feedback until they are actively attempting to close a round.
Participating Funds Have Included
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How We Work With Investors
For each of our clients, we assemble a small group of investors to facilitate an exchange of feedback with the founders many months ahead of their next roadshow. By maintaining direct alignment with the interests of prospective investors, our startups are prepared to efficiently navigate their fundraising process by having addressed likely objections ahead-of-time.
01 INVESTOR SELECTION
We curate a virtual group of 6+ investors representing a cross-section of funds that have an investment thesis aligned with our startup client.
02 FEEDBACK CURATION
Well ahead of the company’s next raise, we reach out to each investor to seek reactions to draft pitch materials and its progress. Investors spend just a few minutes providing their expert insights.
03 FEEDBACK SYNTHESIS
Foundational's team of experienced founders anonymizes, aggregates, and analyzes the feedback in order to provide guidance to the startup.
04 RAPID ITERATION
Based on VC feedback and Foundational's recommendations, founders make material changes to their business and product development priorities to improve their fundraising readiness.
Want To Get Involved?
You’re a good fit for our process if you screen deals at a venture capital fund that participates in at least 5 seed, and A stage deals per year. We have a preference for working funds that lead deals.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this cost me anything?
Only your periodic feedback.
How many companies will I get to see?
Typically no more than 2 or 3 at any one point in time. We will only ask for feedback on companies that fit your investment thesis - which are the ones you want to meet anyway.
How much feedback will I need to provide?
We typically ask for a look at the latest pitch deck and ask a few specific questions. Typical responses take 5-10 minutes to provide. We are happy to collect your thoughts via email, hop on a quick call, or meet for coffee.
What information do the founders see?
They know what funds are participating, but which fund provided each specific point of feedback is not disclosed to our clients. The individual contributors from each fund are also not disclosed.
How often will I be asked for feedback?
We will reach out once per month per company. There are typically two such rounds of feedback requested for each company. We will seek to consolidate requests if you are participating with more than one company.
Will you introduce me to the founders?
Yes, you can ask for an introduction at any time, and we will happily make a warm intro. We do expect you to provide feedback to our questions regardless of how you interact outside of our process.
Am I obligated to take a meeting with the team?