Presents ...
The Funding Course 2.0

Submit your business plan

... in association with

YourStory Education has collaborated with India’s top investors, entrepreneurs, and Harvard
Business Review for content, to create India’s first course with an exact blueprint to help you crack your first fundraising round.
The Funding Course 2.0 now offers you an opportunity to submit your
business plan! Get feedback, get shortlisted and get a chance to pitch your business to top

About The Funding Course 2.0

If there’s one question that keeps entrepreneurs like you and me up at night, it’s this: how do I ensure I raise enough funds to grow my business, realise my vision, and scale my startup?

Indeed, fundraising is a crucial aspect of scaling startups and their vision. Still, only a small percentage of the nearly 30,000 registered startups in India have been able to crack it.

In fact, in 2019, over 900 startups raised capital to the tune of $14.5 billion. These 900 startups received funding where thousands of others failed to raise.

So, what did they do right? How did they attract investors to their business? What did they do to persuade investors, both global and domestic, to sign them million-dollar cheques? What were the factors that helped them clinch the deal?

And then there are questions around valuation, control, legal and compliance practices, pitching, types of funding, term sheets, and networking, to name a few – all of which determine the success of your fundraising efforts.

These are the very questions we address for you in YourStory Education’s Funding Course – a learning programme that takes you through the core fundamentals of fundraising, with real-world, practical examples and learnings from people who have been there and done that. You have investors, entrepreneurs, investment bankers talking directly to you all about funding.

And from one entrepreneur to another, I leave you now with my favourite quote from Steve Jobs on perseverance – the only trait that YourStory Education cannot teach you, which you must develop yourself :-)

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

Business plan submission – how it works

Step 1: Enrol for The Funding Course 2.0
Step 2: Go over to the section titled ‘Submit your business plan’
  • Read more about how to create a business plan: refer the ‘Business plan template’  
  • Submit your business plan through a unique link with your registered email address

What happens after you submit your plan?

Business plan review and pitching

  • Business plans get reviewed by YourStory at the end of each month.
  • Participants are given feedback on the quality of business plans over email, in the following month.
  • Curated list of business plans submitted on a rolling basis to select investors by YourStory every 2 months.
  • Participants will be updated if their business plan has been selected for submission to investors.
  • Investors will invite shortlisted participants directly to make a pitch for funding.  
The Funding Course
by YourStory Academy
The only course you need to avoid pitfalls and raise money successfully from the right investors in the right way.
Special limited offer!
*Valid only till April 30th
Special limited offer!


*Valid only till April 30th
Some snippets from The Funding Course
With The Funding Course, you will learn..
What to Expect
01.  Fund raise: Are you ready or not?
(18 Videos)
02.  Bootstrapping: A forgotten way of doing business!
(2 Videos)
03.  How to pitch and woo investors?
(9 Videos)
04.  Valuation: The art and science of it.
(6 Videos)
05.  Term Sheet
(4 Videos)
06.  Transaction Documents
(4 Videos)
07.  What does an angel investor look for in a pitch?
(3 Videos)
08.  What does it take to get into a start up accelerator?
(4 Videos)
09.  How do VC's approach the entire investment process?
(15 Videos)
10.  What you need to do post receiving investment?
(3 Videos)
11.  Legalities
(11 Videos)
12.  Harvard Business Review Content
(7 Videos)
13.  Bonus Material
(5 Videos)
14.  Add-on : Active Investors List 2020 (200+ Contacts)
15.  Submit your Business Plan
Get Unlimited Access to ....
Exclusive bonus content
Videos, Articles & case studies from HBR
Fundraise collateral
Sample term sheets, Sample Shareholders agreement, Active Investor list 2020 & more
Ask me anything with experts
2 exclusive webinars every month with Fundraising experts to address queries
Become a part of Community
Closed Facebook Group for discussions & community engagement
Get Certified
Certification of completion
Meet Our Contributors
Shradha Sharma
Founder & CEO of YourStory

Shradha is the Founder & CEO at YourStory. She is amongst the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian startup ecosystem and has earned many accolades which include being featured in LinkedIn’s top 3 online influencers in India& Fortune magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ list of powerful Indians.

Mohandas Pai
Chairman of Aarin Capital & Manipal Global Education

Mohandas Pai is the Chairman of Aarin Capital & Manipal Global Education. He is a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys. He has emerged as one of India's most prolific angel investors and has helped start over 10 different funds in venture, growth, and public markets.

Kashyap Chanchani
Managing Partner at The Rainmaker Group

Kashyap is the Managing Partner at The Rainmaker Group, which is a specialist fundraise advisory firm for Tier 1 VC-backed, technology-driven businesses. Some of his prominent deals include Nearbuy-Little-Paytm, Sale of to NASDAQ:EBIX & Fundraise for from Google Capital.

Alok Goyal
Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Alok is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Alok's earlier investments include Pipemong & Axtria.

Siddarth Pai
Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital

Siddarth is the Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital which is an early-stage venture capital firm that manages a corpus of $100Mil+. Some of his prominent investments include YourStory, Licious, BetterPlace, Bugworks, Faircent, DarwinBox, Pocket Aces, and Tracxn.

Rahul Chowdhri
Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Rahul is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Rahul's earlier investments include Bigbasket, Toppr & Livspace.

Aprameya Radhakrishna
Founder & CEO of YourStory

Aprameya is the Founder of Vokal & Taxiforsure. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 20 companies that include Tapchief, Kaarva, DailyNinja, Unacademy & others.

Vatsal Gaur
Associate Partner at HSA Advocates

Vatsal Gaur is an Associate Partner at HSA Advocates. He is an experienced transactional lawyer with a focus on M&A, Venture Capital & Private Equity transactions.

Ashish Gupta
Founder & CEO at MyPetrolPump

Ashish is the Founder & CEO at MyPetrolPump which is a Y Combinator company. MyPetrolPump is also well recognized by the Govt. of India & Govt. of Karnataka and winner of multiple startup excellence awards such as Elevate100, Wharton India Startup Challenge, Echelon100 and more.

Ritesh Banglani
Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners

Ritesh is a Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners which is an early stage, technology-focused venture capital firm. Some of Stellaris' prominent investments include Mfine, Shop101, Vogo & others. Some of Ritesh's earlier investments include Taxiforsure & Housing.

Hari TN
HR Head at BigBasket

Hari TN is the HR Head at BigBasket and has earlier been the Head of HR
at Taxiforsure, Virtusa, IBM Daksh & many more. He is an active angel
investor & advisor
to numerous startups & institutions. He is also a
Mentor at Techstars, Rocketium, Silicon Road, Unfound & others.

Early Bird Offer !
*Valid only till April 30th
BUY FOR ₹7,999
Here’s what the Pioneers have to say ..

"This funding course should help you navigate your funding journey and all the very best to you. Hope you go on to build a successful and high impact venture."

- Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm

"For a first time entrepreneur, raising funds can be a challenge. It helps to be prepared and understand what investors are looking for while pitching to them. YourStory Academy’s ‘Funding Course’ brings you valuable experience from entrepreneurs, that you can learn from to succeed in your entrepreneurial journey."

– Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Ola
Early Bird Offer !
*Valid only till April 30th
BUY FOR ₹4,999
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