The Alternative

Funding School

6 WEEKS · COHORT-BASED COURSE

Practical hands-on support for founders raising mission-aligned funding all over the globe.

Funding School image (1000 × 562 px) (5)

COURSE OVERVIEW

Watch our 5 reasons to join the next Alternative Funding School cohort below

UPCOMING COHORT

Cohort 6 - Summer 2022

June 14th - July 26th 2022

Applications open: April 01.

120 founders, 75%+ of which are underrepresented, have joined since launching in November 2020

This course is for you if...

1.

You're ready to grow your business or kick start an idea and need to know your funding options

 

2.

You're looking to save time and money as you build a fundraising plan

3.

You're seeking a supportive community of fellow purpose led entrepreneurs to learn from

Investors we've worked with

Social proof banner
Pipe
Ada Ventures
Uncapped
Chisos
D2

What you'll learn in 6 weeks

Alternatives to VC

Pros & cons of different funding models

How to understand alternative funding structures

Where to access funding

How to build a successful fundraising strategy

How to speak with investors

The Alternative Funding School

COST

£595

PAYMENT OPTION

4 payments of  £148.50

SCHOOL DATES

June 14 - July 24

APPLICATION DEADLINE

June 01 2023

Learn from 

the experts

Over 50 investors, founders and academics have joined the Considered Capital community to train founders to raise alternative funding

CC expert photos

Emma Shaw

Co-Founder Library of Things
Topic: How I fundraised

Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan

Attorney & Capital raising coach
Topic: Debt & Equity
CC expert photos (1)

Aunnie Patton Power

Author Adventure Finance

Topic: Your funding roadmap

Lib

Olivia Sibony

Investor & CEO Seed Tribe
Topic: Angel Investing

Asher Ismail

Asher Ismail

Investor & Co-Founder Upcapped

Topic: Revenue Based funding

Sibi

Sibi Murugesan

Chief of Staff Calm Company Funding

Topic: New Financing Instruments

Savitri Tan

Savitri Tan

Investor at Isomer Capital
Topic: Equity Investing
Amory

Amory Poulden

Founding Partner at D2
Topic: New Financing Instruments

Melissa Siah

Melissa Siah

Founder & CEO Syntacog

Topic: Grant Funding

What our graduates are saying

“If you’re thinking of doing one of the traditional accelerator programmes, do this first! It will save you a lot of time and spare you conversations with funders who you weren’t aligned with in the first place. Esme’s Programme is carefully thought through and has become the perfect antidote to the powerful marketing of the VC world."

- Aela Callan, founder of Headset, cohort 4

"I've been seeking funding for a while and often find this sort of information a little repetitive - BUT as we got deeper into the details, there was huge value in the training and resources - things that made me stop and think - things that challenged my assumptions - and useful processes, tips and suggestions that I was able to action immediately."

- Gary Todd, founder of Centrakin, cohort 3

"8 months ago I was feeling lost. Despite lots of research I still felt like I was missing the basic knowledge to put my meetings with investors into context. Then I found the Alternative Funding School. Not only did Esme take us through the basics but opened me up to a whole new world of exciting financing options that I hadn’t even considered. I’ve now got the language and the structure to understand the different options available to us and what we need to do to start our funding journey."

- Jane Middlehurst, founder of Home Notes, cohort 4

Meet your instructor

Esme profile home page

Esme Verity

Fundraising coach and Founder, Considered Capital

Over the course of 6 weeks, Esme will host 5 live sessions where she’ll invite founders and investors to share their knowledge and expertise. During these live sessions you'll gain real insights into what it takes to successfully fundraise.

If you aren’t able to make a session, we’ll have recordings available for you.

The Alternative Funding School

COST

£595

PAYMENT OPTION

4 payments of  £148.50

SCHOOL DATES

June 14 - July 24

APPLICATION DEADLINE

June 01 2022

In the school we will:

1. Meet your cohort

In our one-hour orientation, you’ll access the course curriculum, set your intentions and get to know the rest of the cohort with a learning exercise.

We’ll explore our beliefs around money and how they impact our approach to fundraising. You'll step away with a clearer idea of overcoming the limiting beliefs holding you back.

2. Finding the right capital

We'll walk through a framework for module two to assess your funding options. This module will help you define your funding needs and determine the right funding path to take.

3. Understanding Grants, Equity and Debt

The easiest way to secure funding is to know your options and where to access them. By the end of this module, you'll leave with a complete funding database packed full of funding opportunities.

4. Meet the alt investors

Get to know brilliant funders and understand their mindset when making investment decisions. You'll meet different investor types and learn what they're looking for when investing.

5. Meet the funded founders

Emma and her co-founders raised 1 million pounds for Library of Things, and we'll hear her exclusively share the highs and lows of their entire funding story.

Emma will walk us through how they identified and tested potential funding options, decided on equity as the correct route and secured funding from socially conscious investors.

6. Building Your Funding Roadmap

In this final module, we’ll recap our lessons learned and together identify what you need to create a crystal clear funding plan for your business.

School schedule

2-4 hours per week (all sessions are recorded)

📅 Runs from 14th June - 24th July 2023

6 Modules Over 6 Weeks

We host just two cohorts a year to guarantee space and quality time dedicated to each student.

🖥️ Live Zoom sessions every Wednesday

4-5pm GMT/5-6pm CET/8-9am PDT

Each session is one hour long and always recorded, so you never miss a thing.

📚 Self-paced videos & projects

2-3 hours per week

You'll get life time access to a library of content from our best experts. We'll hold you accountable with weekly exercises to complete in your own time.

The Alternative Funding School

COST

£595

PAYMENT OPTION

4 payments of  £148.50

SCHOOL DATES

June 14 - July 24

APPLICATION DEADLINE

June 01 2022

You'll get lifetime access to an ever-growing library of resources and videos from experts

The Alternative Funding School

COST

£595

PAYMENT OPTION

4 payments of  £148.50

SCHOOL DATES

June 14 - July 24

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Nov 01 2022

Why should I participate? 

If you're still considering snapping up one of the last seats on this year's Alternative Funding School, then let me give you 2 reasons to get a ticket:

2.

You'll save thousands of pounds! Some people can spend months, maybe a year or MORE searching and sometimes failing to find funding. Instead, we’re condensing a lonnnnnng journey into just six-weeks.

You'll meet experts in funding that have been there, done it all before and been successful! We're lifting the veil on where all the alternative funding is and how to access it.

FAQs

What's the time commitment?

2-3 hrs per week. Everything is recorded (and as a bonus, you'll also receive the recordings from our previous cohort workshops).

I can't join this cohort, will there be more?

There's likely to be another cohort following this one. However, we won't be rerunning the Alternative Funding School until Spring 2023.

 

Who is teaching this course?

Esme Verity - the founder of Considered Capital has designed this course and will guide you through it.

Who is the target audience?

We welcome founders from anywhere in the world who are currently fundraising or thinking about fundraising in the next 6-12 months. In previous cohorts, we've had people building fintech products, eCommerce businesses, marketplaces, education platforms and food and drinks companies.

What do I need to have done to join?

You don't need any experience in fundraising as long as you've got a business, an idea or a project you're looking to get funded.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

If you watched all of the videos, attended the live sessions and completed all the exercises and you're not satisfied, get in touch in the first 30 days and you will receive a full refund.

(profit) (1)

Get 10 Funding Opportunities straight in your inbox, every other Sunday.

1300+ founders read it— join them.

Consider yourself at home