Business Plan through investors' eyes
What you'll learn
- Create and Present a business plan that investors will invest in.
- Understand how investors read and listen to business plan
- Understand when investors decide to invest in a company, and why they choose not to
- Understand the four elements of a successful business plan
- Determine whether an idea you have for a product, service, process, or business model will be successful as a business
- Create the right set of documents for a business plan, and a presentation of it
- Identify a sustainable competitive advantage for your business, and how to maintain it over time
- Analyze Return on Investment (ROI) for the customer, company, and investors
- This course will NOT teach business finance. It is assumed that you understand the basics of revenue, cost, operating expenses, and net profit.
- Basic finance (income, expense, profit)
- Basic economics (supply and demand)
Let me guess what brings you here: you have an idea, and you need an investment for a startup company. Or you work for a large company and want to get budget for your new project. Or you want to start a small business and you need a small business loan from the bank. You are here because you are afraid to fail when you present your business plan. Most people do.
Am I close?
If so--you came to the right place.
I founded several startup companies, wrote many business plans that raised tens of millions of dollars in investments, and got projects funded in large companies. I sold a company, and even bought a company. I wrote books about it, and taught this in universities.
But more important, I am an investor, and was part of several angel investor networks from Silicon Valley to Texas and Israel, where I made personal investments in startups. I also evaluated business plans for the State of Texas, and the State of Israel, and made project funding decisions in large and public companies.
As such, I only have a few minutes to snap-judge a business plan that comes across my desk. I will share with you what makes me (and other investors) stop, and decide whether to invest in a new business or not.
In this course you will learn the four rules of a successful business plan:
- Create something fundamentally different,
- Find the unique value to a specific market segment,
- Establish and maintain competitive advantage, and-
- Calculate the return on investment for your customer, your company, and your investor.
I will teach you how to assess your business, create the business plan, and present it to investors. I will do that with:
- 33 lectures (over 4 hours);
- 22 worksheets that will allow you to build your own business plan, step by step;
- 6 quizzes that will help you internalize the content;
- Personal examples; and-
- An Israeli accent...
At the end of this course, you will have an inside track on how investors and budget managers think, what are they looking for in a business plan, and what will make them invest in you!
I will teach you what I know now, but wish I knew when I created and presented my first business plan.
Are you ready to learn this? Enroll in this class, or try the free preview. Now, let’s get you funded!
Who this course is for:
- Entrepreneurs seeking to start a new business and want to create a pragmatic business plan for it
- Entrepreneurs looking for a bank or SBA loan for a small business
- Entrepreneurs seeking private or institutional investment for a new startup company
- Intrapreneurs, employees inside a large, established companies who seek resources allocated to a new internal project
Dr. Yoram Solomon is an inventor, a creativity and innovation researcher, coach, consultant, and trainer to large companies and their employees. For his PhD he studied why people are more creative in startup companies than in mature ones. He also holds an MBA and LLB. Yoram was a professor of Technology and Industry Forecasting at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UT Dallas School of Management; is active in regional innovation and technology commercialization; was one of the founding members of the North Texas Angel (invetor) Network; and is also a speaker and author of four books ("Bowling with a Crystal Ball" first and second editions, "Worst Diet Ever," and "From Startup to Maturity"), many innovation and creativity articles, nine issued patents, and more pending. In 2015 he was elected to the Plano, Texas ISD Board of Trustees. He is a member of NACD and SHRM.