Pitching to Campus Founders Fund
How do I know if I'm ready to pitch to Campus Founders Fund?
We have two kinds of pitch meetings: investment pitches and feedback sessions. The more progress you've made, the more interested we will most likely be in investing. Progress could mean many things, and there are no set requirements for us to invest in a company. In feedback sessions, instead of evaluating your company for possible investment, we help you work through your ideas and give feedback about your company and your pitch. If you're unsure of which would be a better fit for the stage you're at, we're happy to chat with you to figure it out.
How do I submit to pitch?
Fill out our pitch application. A member of our team will contact you to find out more about your business, decide if it could be a good fit for CFF, and set up a time to meet with us. Depending on how full our schedule is, we might be able to hear your pitch anywhere from one to several weeks from the time you sign up to pitch.
What should I prepare for the pitch?
Bring a slide deck that goes over your business. Make your deck clear and concise--Guy Kawasaki's The Only 10 Slides You Need in a Pitch is a good place to start. Make sure to send us a copy of your deck ahead of time. You can bring a computer to present with or we can pull up your deck on ours. If you have a demo of your product, we'd love to see it!
What should I expect from a pitch meeting?
Our entire investment board attends pitch meetings, which are held at Kickstart Seed Fund's offices. You will typically have 15 minutes for your pitch and 10 minutes for question and answer.
What happens next?
We'll be in touch with you within 24 hours of your pitch to talk about next steps. If we're interested in moving forward, we'll move on to due diligence. If not, we'll give you feedback and try to help out in any way we can.
What happens in due diligence?
In due diligence, we take a deeper dive into your company. We look at things like your team, product, market, competitors, and financials. This is generally about a 6-8 week process, at the end of which we make an investment decision. We'll ask you for some documents like your cap table, financial statements, org chart, legal documents, resumes/backgrounds of the founding team, and customer/market validation. Due diligence is a chance for us get to know everything there is to know about your company and for you to get to know about us as investors. If we decide to invest in your company, we'll then hand you off to Kickstart, who will transfer the funds.
What does the overall timeline look like?
Expect a few weeks between signing up to pitch and actually pitching. After your pitch, we'll get back to you within 24 hours about next steps. If we move on to due diligence, expect that to take about 6-8 weeks. If we decide to invest, we will hand you off to Kickstart to write the check, which happens very quickly.
What are the terms of CFF's investment?
Check out this page to learn more about how our investment works.
I have more questions. How can I get in touch?
Send us a message here and a member of our team will get back to you!