Accelerated Education Program

Four Months to Smart Funding

As an investor, my job is much easier if an entrepreneur has been through AEP – they are versed in the key issues and grounded in the fundamentals.

Christopher Mirabile, Managing Director, Launchpad Venture Group


The Capital Network’s Accelerated Education Program is a four-month workshop series on fundraising education for early-stage entrepreneurs.

The AEP is based on our observations of entrepreneurs and their ability to quickly learn the language of funding. It is designed to incorporate the guidance of many former or current entrepreneurs and members of the majority of angel groups and venture capital firms in the New England area, and is:


Programs are delivered on a rolling, repetitive schedule that is on an entrepreneur’s timeframe.


Lessons focus on the in-depth dynamics of fundraising and building a lexicon for an entrepreneur to continue the conversation with an investor.


Workshops are kept small for entrepreneurs to ask questions on his or her business and funding needs.

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The below topics are covered in every 4 month session of the AEP:


Understand the Dilution Impact of Early-Stage Investment

Calculate Financial Projections for Investment Presentations

Know Your Valuation for Equity Compensation (And Avoid the Perils of 409A)


Build and Keep an Investable Team

Get Your (Financial) House in Order


Pitch Perfectly


Come to Terms with Angel & Venture Term Sheets

Apply for Angel Funding with an Investor’s Perspective

TCN has harnessed the combined energy and knowledge of New England’s startup ecosystem to help entrepreneurs become conversant in all things funding.  By going through the Accelerated Education Program, they are better prepared to speak with potential investors, and to leverage the resources in the community in productive ways.

Sheryl Schultz – Managing Director, Golden Seeds

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Additional AEP Benefits

  • Pitch practice with TCN’s Advisory Board upon completion of the program
  • Free admission to Roundtables for six months
  • Steep discounts to all-day Venture Fast Tracks
  • Early entrance to evening events with VIPs
  • Virtual seat in online classroom for Q&A ability -
  • Discounts on TCN events post-AE- Free admission to select affiliate programming
  • Inclusion in TCN’s closed LinkedIn Group with Board & Advisory Board
  • Priority placement for LaunchPad On Demand
  • Rock Star Status in the Entrepreneurship Scene


Membership is on a rolling basis beginning the day you enroll. If you have been to a few of our programs and would like to put the admission towards your membership, please contact us for a discount code.

$300 – for six months of programs

(That’s two extra months to retake any missed classes!)

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