Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit Programme

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your Executive Education

April 19, 2023
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$2,500 $2,250
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6 weeks




7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-see to Exit Programme

Receive 10% off your Executive Education


April 19, 2023

Enrol by April 25, 2023



$2,500 $2,250

Payment options available

Length: 6 weeks

Language: English

Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

What's Included?

The US India Blockchain Council is invited to register for the Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit programme, presented by University of Cambridge Judge Business School in collaboration with Esme Learning. The upcoming presentation of the programme starts July 6, 2022 and new presentations are available each quarter. As a part of this offer, learners will receive 10% off the programme.


Offer details*

  • 10% discount on registration fees to learn and accelerate your career
  • Collaboration with guest speakers, experts and programme participants from around the world to develop your network
  • A professional profile enhanced by a certificate of attendance from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge


Click the REDEEM OFFER button above to learn more about the programme and receive the offer for programme registration.

About the Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit Programme

The University of Cambridge's Startup Funding: Pre-Seed to Exit six week online programme goes beyond what first-time entrepreneurs and seasoned founders leading high-growth companies must understand when raising capital – especially at a venture’s earliest funding stages (seed to Series B). The programme will cover exactly how to fund a venture and navigate critical inflection points along a company's growth trajectory to achieve either a successful exit, or long-term operational viability.

This programme walks you through, step-by-step, how to improve your funding outcomes for your entrepreneurial project. You will learn how to structure your project so that it is more investable, communicate the investment merits of your project, be more efficient in the fundraising process, and improve the terms of investments.

Programme Content

MODULE 0 - Orientation

An overview of the programme, the next-generation AI platform used to deliver it, and an introduction to the community of fellow innovators and leaders.

MODULE 1 - The Fundraising Journey

Explore foundational investment concepts, sources of funding, term sheets and the Markides Framework to initiate the process of developing a fundraising road map with key milestones.

MODULE 2 - The Pre-seed Stage

The earliest stage of funding a new company, the "pre-seed" stage refers to the period in which a company's founders are first getting their operations off the ground. Working in a team environment, you will define a strategic position, understand how to evaluate investor fit and develop a pre-seed funding round pitch for an actual business venture.

MODULE 3 - Seed Stage

Seed capital refers to the type of financing used in the formation of a startup. Funding is provided by private investors—usually in exchange for an equity stake in the company or for a share in its profits. Much of the seed capital a company raises may come from sources close to its founders including family, friends and other acquaintances. Obtaining seed capital is the first of four funding stages required for a startup to become an established business. During this module, you will develop a pitch for seed-stage investors.

MODULE 4 - Series A Funding

Series A funding refers to an investment in a privately-held startup company, after it has shown progress in building its business model and demonstrates the potential to grow and generate revenue. Combining research, strategic planning, valuation methods, sociology and storytelling, you will move into pitch development for series A investors.

MODULE 5 - Series B Funding

Series B funding is the second round of funding for a company that has met certain milestones, and is past the initial startup stage. Building on the Series A pitch, you will prepare a Series B funding pitch to investors.

MODULE 6 - Exit

Understand how additional financing options become available for growth and expansion opportunities once a business has matured, as well as ways to evaluate acquisitions or mergers with other companies. You will also deconstruct pitches, and collaborate on a final pitch to complete the funding cycle.

Is This Programme Right for You?

The Cambridge Startup Funding: Pre-seed to Exit programme is designed for entrepreneurs looking to acquire direct experience in:


  • Developing a plan for an investable project
  • Accurately assessing the financing stage of a new venture
  • Using a framework to develop a funding road map for a new business based on a venture development framework
  • Identifying the right investor for a project at each development stage of the new venture
  • Developing an effective pitch deck to secure funding

Your Academic Programme Directors

Robert (Bob) Wardrop
Programme Director

Management Practice Professor University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Bob is an economic sociologist interested in understanding how and why channels and instruments of finance emerge outside the traditional financial system and how this impacts regulators, incumbent financial institutions and consumers. In addition to his role at the University of Cambridge, Bob is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3), an interdisciplinary research centre at Cambridge bringing together expertise from across academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of big data. Prior to pursuing his academic career in 2010, Bob had an international career as a professional investor, most recently as a Managing Director in the investment group of one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States, where he was responsible for a portfolio of European corporate debt and equity investments. He has held several board directorships and advisory roles with academic, governmental and commercial organisations over the course of both his academic and non-academic career.

Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias
Programme Director

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation and Growth, Co-Director of Entrepreneurship Centre, CJBS, Academic Director, Advanced Leadership Programme

Stelios has spent his career researching and teaching on the challenges of innovating and growing across the company lifecycle; topics include Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy Execution across a number of institutions (CJBS, Georgia Tech, INSEAD, Darden Business School, ALBA). He researches business model innovation, scale-up strategies, and strategic pivots that makes start-up efforts succeed or fail. Stelios holds a MS in E&CE from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and a Ph.D. from INSEAD in France. Previously he was the Steven A. Denning Chair in Technology and Management at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, and a Fellow of the Batten Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia.

Guest Experts

More than 30 experts from around the world, including Cambridge Judge Business School faculty and industry leaders, draw on their expertise to provide a window into the change and potential opportunities in Startup Funding.

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