Two-Day Masterclass: Getting Ready for Investors

Madrid, Spain
01 Oct 2018

How entrepreneurs finance their company is one of the most critical decisions that they will make, whether bootstrapped or financed by investors, the structure of their financing will be one of the key drivers of their financial return from their venture. Being able to craft solid financials and fundraising strategies are indispensable skills for any growth-oriented business.

The Masterclass focuses on gearing participants with the essential knowledge, skills and tools to successfully execute their financial strategy.

We encourage Masterclass attendees to join South Summit, the Leading Innovation Global Platform focused on business opportunities and disruptive trends, that gathers together the entrepreneurial ecosystem on October 3rd through 5th. Please see below for more information.

Who should attend?

The Masterclass has been designed for those who already have a concrete business idea and are interested in preparing their business for the next step of growth and development. This class is open to Accelerator Stage 2 and 3 start-ups, as well as alumni and Climate-KIC staff.


After the two-day session, participants will be able to:

  • have finalised their financing process planning and identified critical milestones
  • be at ease with key financial statements, in particular Profit and Loss and Cashflow Statement
  • have identified the necessary assets (teaser, pitch, business plan, … ) required to execute a financing round
  • have identified key financial sources to support their start-up and how to address them
  • understand the main methods of company valuation
  • understand the terms and conditions involved in financing as well as investors’ preferences
  • be familiar with financing deal structures and negotiation
  • understand financing options specifically open to climate entrepreneurs and how to address these


Prior to the course, participants should have established a project pitch and prepared a draft of their financing strategy and started to identify potential financing sources. Participants are also expected to have read the business case provided upon confirmation of attendance.

The following book is also strongly recommended: “Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur”, Dermot Berkery. Although the masterclass will not focus on venture capital financing, it provides a strong basis for understanding the necessary elements for a successful fund-raising strategy.

We recommend brushing up on your basic financial knowledge and reacquainting yourself with the Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, and Profit and Loss Statement. As only one of many resources, this webpage may be useful for brushing up on your basic financial knowledge.


Please register individually for this Masterclass.

Places are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. Early application is advised. Upon receipt of the registration request, potential attendees will receive a Code of Conduct, which they must sign and return to confirm their registration.




Jordi Montserrat

For the past 15 years, Jordi has been active in the high-tech scene, contributing to the development of innovative businesses.
He is currently active at IFJ AG, a company leading major start-up support initiatives at the Swiss national level, such as venturelab – which offers national start-up training program – and venturekick – a pre-seed fund for innovation entrepreneurs which has financed more than 250 start-up projects in the past 5 years across all sectors, which have cumulatively raised more than USD 350 mio.
As venturelab professor, Jordi trains at major Swiss Universities, including the Swiss Technology institutes (ETH, EPFL) and the University of St Gallen. He also acts as business angel in several start-ups, is Chairman of Logifleet SA and Imina Technology SA, as well as member of the strategic Council of IDIAP.

Jordi holds a Master degree of the Swiss Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering as well as Master in Management of Technology. He fluently speaks and writes French, Spanish, English and German.


South Summit 2018

South Summit was created to provide a platform to help showcase the best start up talent and creativity from the South to the rest of the world, where handshakes and introductions are quickly transformed into deals on the table.

Creativity, passion and courage are the values that drive our growth… and in only four years, it has become the leading global innovation encounter of the South.

Join the Start-up Competition, engage with potential investors and collaborators during the many networking events, and let yourself be inspired by groundbreaking speakers.

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