Tell the story properly, and convincingly. Your deck isn't your business plan, it's an invitation for upside.
It's harder than we'd like to find peers who are raising pre-seed money. Let's solve our problems together.
Have the right files before your investor asks for them. Create an organized and transparent data room.
Saying the right thing makes a difference when you only have a few seconds to make an impression.
Assemble a list of investors and angels who are looking for companies just like yours.
Your roadshow schedule, contact list, and timeline is crucial when you're first starting to raise.
Define your revenue targets, return horizons, and how you'll be using the capital clearly.
We'll introduce you to an investor who has a thesis matching your vision/ approach. We'll be in the room pitching with you, ready to support during or after as necessary.
In combination with weekly 1:1 office hours, templates, and guides, the program below will culminate in an active pitch with VC and Angel Investor interested in your deal.
Weeks 1 & 2
Figure out what drives the venture investor you're approaching and tell them a compelling, data-backed story.
Back your story up with numbers, and a step-by-step presentation that's easy to follow.
Through a series of assessments, interviews, workshops, and pitches we get to know the most promising founders on a deep personal and professional level.
Venture Capital can feel inaccessible and unobtainable, but we break down the language of VC and the process of raising a round confidently.
Get in front of real investors in a low pressure environment to get their real feedback as you prepare your deck and pitch.
We’ve collectively raised $43M, and we have a network of founders and investors who’ve done it too. Together we’ll guide you through the ins and outs of preparing to fundraise.
Companies Supported Since 2020
"Working together built my confidence as a founder. I am more trusting of my intuition and process and have research and experience to back it up."
"You helped me incorporate more humanity into my work - an important realization which has been incorporated into how I lead. My team whole heartedly trusts your team and is eager to be vulnerable and honest when Ellie is around."
"Working with FF validated my theory that we can be more strategic and impactful by taking the time to drill down and develop a thesis for investment. The project illuminated challenges that seriously impacted our original intent, changed our strategy and saved us time and money."
"Being a founder is grueling and lonely. Unlike a typical 9-5, you don't have a boss evaluating your day-to-day work and without that feedback loop it's easy to feel lost. Further Faster has helped keep me positive, connect with the Chicago startup community, and gain confidence in my founding vision through customer validation. They have also built a human focused culture at their company that I plan to emulate."
A serial strategist with a creative core, Ellie has spent her career growing and transforming organizations, programs, and products through design. Her diversity of experience - from government to Fortune 100’s to venture backed startups - has given her insights that fuel her ability to help teams maneuver around and through their biggest growth challenges.
Nick uses his designer's mindset to find leading indicators of product-market-fit for early stage founders and investors. He has led teams to top-5 Appstore appearances, 8-figure funding rounds, 9-figure valuations. He's founded 4 companies, and helped bring over 30 products to market in the last 10 years.
Devin has spent a decade leading design teams and building technology. After founding his first startup in college and leading product design at a few growth-stage companies, he built a digital design agency where he worked with the likes of Whirlpool, SC Johnson, Medline, CBRE, Hilton, The Obama Foundation, Rotary International, USAID, and some of Chicago’s fastest growing startups.