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I'm sara batterby and I teach

to raise money for their startups.

Join the founders who learned fundraising as a skillset and have raised a total of over $50,000,000 with those skills!

Learn how to lead your raise with a powerful and proven approach that demystifies the process and gives you the confidence and competence you need to succeed.

"I wish I’d known all of this sooner! Now we have the tools and skills we need to present a professional offering to investors, and the strategy and process to convert interest into capital. We oversubscribed our seed round and are preparing to open our Series A."

"The masterclass blew me away!"

Casey Nye-Herrington
Co-Founder & CEO

Left coast financial solutions

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My Mission

Equitable Access To Capital

I believe there is a huge need for fundraising education, and an incredible opportunity for founders who invest in it.

My mission is to give you access to capital by arming you with the skills, strategies, and insight you need to fund your business.

why is this so important?

let's look at the facts...

Women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs and women-led businesses outperform their male peers in many VC portfolios.

Racially-diverse companies outperform their peers by 35%.

Given these results, you’d think that these founders would get their fair share of funding, right?

NOPE.

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IN FACT:

  • In 2017, female founders got less than 2.2% of venture capital funding
  • Women of color got less than 1%
  • Black and Latinx founders overall got less than 1%

And if you’re the founder of a cannabis company? You’ve got an extra layer of challenges in getting access to capital.

So why aren’t these diverse - and fully capable - founders of scalable startups getting funded?

The truth is that investment dollars get moved around in a world of privilege that you probably don't have access to or understand.

that doesn't need to stop you!

Fundraising has always been a privilege, but now, after 3 years of work codifying an approach based on 20 years of fundraising experience, it is also a SKILLSET that you can LEARN.

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I created The Equity Capital Collective, to elevate founders who have not traditionally had access to capital. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA founders and others on the outside of privileged access.

The Fundraising Masterclass is a flexible, empowering, and highly effective course that teaches you how to leverage YOUR OWN resources, networks, and strengths to engage investors.  You will build a capital network around your business that will support you in your next raise and your entire career as an entrepreneur.

You’ll gain the confidence and competence to lead your raise, break open critical influence networks and deliver innovative ventures that embrace a broader community of stakeholders in both investment and returns.

"As a corporate lawyer with years of business law experience, I did not initially believe we needed much in the way of fundraising advice. With this cogent, simple and highly effective guidance we became fully prepared for a successful capital raise. Having this deep understanding of the nuances and strategy of how to communicate with, and present to, your target investors, the likelihood of success for your raise increases exponentially."

REAL CANNABIS CO.

Derek Mays, Founder & CEO
realcannabisco.com

"The most important thing I learned is that founders like me - those not typically seen as founder-types - are entitled to capital. It's a complete reframing of the mindset I had when I first started my company. I now realize I've put in the work to build a product that meets market needs and delights my customer. As a result, I deserve access to every tool available to scale my business, especially capital."

ALLGO

Rebecca Alexander, Founder & CEO
canweallgo.com

"When it came to fundraising, we resented the whole system and didn't want to play games. Now we actually understand better how to play the game on my terms. We feel empowered to raise capital our way. Building a capital network and interest in our company is a skillset, and I feel better armed with the tools to do so. "

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Sada Naegelin, Cofounder and CEO
Ana Matiella, Cofounder and Content Director
delasmias.com

"I now have a good grasp on how raising capital works, and how to get it done in an efficient way that prioritizes my needs as a founder. I feel empowered through knowledge. The most important thing I learned is that while the deck may be stacked against female and non binary founders, there is a way to work the system to your advantage."

Salty

Claire Fitzsimmons, Founder and CEO
saltyworld.net

"I was not confident in my ability to raise capital. I did not know how deals were structured and felt I'd be at the mercy of investors. Now I feel confident that I can raise capital when the time is right. One of the most important things I learned from the class was how to evaluate the timing of when you are ready to raise funds. I got more value from this class than any other startup class, group, bootcamp, etc. that I've done. and probably more than all of them put together - and I've done a lot of them!"

CARDSMITH

Monica Borrell, Founder and CEO
cardsmith.co

"Through this training, I learned that smart companies succeed when they have a long-term strategic fundraising model and a clear view as to the type of investors required to ensure they grow thoughtfully. I now realize that opening a fundraising round and taking investment isn't about cash, it's about relationships - equitable relationships. It's also about from this moment in time to the finish line and all the benchmark moments in between."

CAREGIVEN

Candice Smith, Founder + CEO
caregiven.co

"Since taking this course, I feel empowered with the knowledge I need to not only how to raise capital but how to do it in a way that will serve my company and it's investors the best. I now understand the investor mindset. I also have an active understanding of option for equity breakdown for current and future raises, so I can choose investment partners that will best suit their long-term goals."

VOXAPOD, INC.

Amanda Wilson, Founder & CEO
voxapod.com

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Are you ready

to raise?

the next virtual fundraising masterclass starts on February 17th - join us!