Don't take our word for it. Find out what our alums, (also known to us as 'The Kinship') have been saying about their journey on The Alternative Funding School. Click the links to read, listen and watch each founder share their unique story of how our funding school has changed how they think and act on funding opportunities.

Founders in fashion

Sophie Slater📍UK

Founder of Birdsong London
Cohort 3 - Nov 2021

Having started a company with her co-founder at 23, Sophie was suddenly feeling out of her depth with how to raise fundraising again when the pandemic hit and her co-founder left to have a baby.

Here Sophie shares how over the six weeks of the Alternative Funding School, she went from survival mode to a confident, robust funding plan".

Founders in tech

Jane Murray📍UK

Founder of Peacebeam
Cohort 2, Feb 2021

A venture capitalist background prevented Jane from fundraising for her new business.

VC funding wasn't the right fit for a heart-centred company specialising in mindfulness, 'kindfulness' and meditation.

However, after graduating from the Alternative Funding School, Jane went from slow and organic growth to taking revolutionary funding ideas and applying them to her business".

Founders in sustainability

I was looking to identify investors for my business...

This course gave me some great insights into the emerging field of impact investing and encouraged me to think about our investment strategy in new ways.

- Claire Cooper, ellihome 

I was looking for a dummies guide to investing for startups...

This course is much more than that. Considered Capital is a brilliant introduction to alternative finance opportunities. As a first-time founder, the finance aspect of the business seemed hugely overwhelming.

Esme and Yonca do a brilliant job of breaking the different options down, outlining the consequences to consider, myth-busting, and presenting everything in clear, plain language.

- Rebekah Clark, Happy Marlo

Even after raising funds through competition wins, grants, crowdfunding, and VC...

..I learned something new from the course. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

- Nadia Laabs, SafteyNet Technologies  

This course gave me hope!

There are ways forward when it comes to raising funding for businesses, that strive to serve communities & ecosystems, and mainly their shareholders...and this is where you'll find them!

- Edda Kruse Rosset, KAOSPILOT + Berlin 

I now have a deeper understanding several new funding routes I'd never considered.

When I started the course I only had a vague sense of how to capitalise on a cooperative business like mine. I've now got a clear six-month plan, and I also got to meet amazing people creating brilliant projects!

- Rich Mason, Wings


Want to be guided every step of the way?

...then our Alternative Funding School is for you. We provide practical, hands-on support for founders raising mission-aligned funding. You'll be working alongside other founders on the same path and hear from our funding experts live who'll show you which alternative path they took and how they succeeded.

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