So you’re young, you’ve got this kickarse idea for a start-up but you’re stuck on how to raise the cash to back it. You’re not a part of the Winklevoss empire, a successful lotto syndicate and you can’t refinance your house because who the fuck can afford a house anyway? Before you buy a Nixon mask for an ill-fated bank robbing scheme, hear what Canva CEO Melanie Perkins has to say in her Coach session RE: getting the right investors to back your project.
Melanie recently scored THREE MILLION DOLLARS from top Aussie and US investors (after using her networking skillz at a MaiTai kiteboarding and entrepreneur conference in Hawaii no less) to build an online platform which makes design simple for everyone. Named Canva, the web-based collaborative design tool enables amateurs to easily create professional quality designs. Nice idea, right?
Revising her pitch more than 100 times before landing investments from prominent entrepreneurs such as Facebook Director of Engineering Lars Rasmussen and Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman, Melanie most definitely knows the tricks on how to get important people [meaning rich people] to listen to your ideas.
During her Coach session, Melanie will talk you through her winning pitch deck and share some of the most challenging questions she came up against – knowing what to expect and how to prepare for the hairy questions can make a huge difference as to whether or not your dreams can become a reality.
Not a stranger to start-ups, Melanie founded her first company at the ripe-old age of 19 called Fusion Books. An online design system for schools to create their yearbooks, Fusion Books is now the largest yearbook publisher in Australia and has even expanded to France and New Zealand. At only 26 now, she already has a wealth of experience behind her.
If you want to put the pipedream into the pipeline, use the knowledge Melanie has to offer and apply it to your own innovative business. This class is best suited for budding entrepreneurs and those in the early to mid stages of developing their start-up. Sign up HERE.
Canva is so hot and fresh off the kitchen it’s not even available for use yet, but you can reserve your username NOW.
Words by Rachel Tinney.