Investment Ready Bootcamp

Get ready to raise in just 4 days from finding investors to knockout pitch decks.

Everything you need to know about fundraising. In under a week.

Our Investment Ready Bootcamp is like a mini-MBA for you and your startup. You'll get ready to raise and pitch perfect in 4 days. 

Apply now for our next programme running 7th – 9th/10th November. Applications close 29th October.

Our new Bootcamp takes founders through our tried and tested curriculum at record speed, so you can be ready to raise in just under a week. 

With 3 and 4-day programmes on offer, you'll discover: 

  • The business funding landscape and what funding options are available. 
  • What the equity investment process looks like and if it is suitable for you.  
  • What investors are looking for 
  • Where to find investors and how to approach them.  
  • How to create an awesome pitch deck that investors will love 

By taking part, you'll also join the Virgin StartUp community of thousands of founders building the businesses they're passionate about.

We've helped thousands of startups raise investment, grow, build a winning team and do something great. What's stopping you?

The Accelerator was instrumental in helping us fine-tune our pitch and also widened our networks of mentors, investors and advisors.
Jaron Soh
Jaron Soh, founder, Voda
Virgin StartUp’s support enabled us to raise capital via crowdfunding in an efficient and streamlined way that made the whole process a lot more pleasant than it might have been
Anna Brightman from UpCircle
Anna Brightman, raised £218k
If you’re a founder who's raising money for the first time, this programme definitely helps prepare you. It sharpens your deck and your thinking and connects you with people who can help.
Karen, founder of Stroiboard
Karen Harris, raised £1.4m
If you're planning to raise funds in the near future and need some direction and specialist advice, Virgin StartUp is a no brainer.
Stocked Founders
Sam and Charlie, raised £575k

Programme details

The Investment Ready Bootcamp takes place over 3 or 4 days. Each day consists of workshops and sessions delivered from 9:30 to 16:00 with an hour lunch break.

Day 1 

  • The funding landscape: Learn about the different types of funding available to startups, and how to choose the right one for your business.
  • Investment readiness: Get your business ready for investment by understanding what investors are looking for and how to present your business to them.
  • How to build a pitch deck investors love: Learn how to create a compelling pitch deck that will capture investors' attention and get them excited about your business.

Day 2

  • Where and how to find Angel Investors: Learn how to identify and approach angel investors, and how to pitch your business to them.
  • Crowdfunding: Understand the different types of crowdfunding, and how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.
  • Alternative funding: Learn about some of the alternative funding options available to startups, such as government grants and loans.

Day 3 

  • Financial planning for growth: Get your financial model ready so you can track your progress and make sure you're on track to achieve your goals.
  • Due diligence and term sheets: Understand the due diligence process and how to negotiate term sheets with investors.

Day 4 (*Pro programme only) 

  • Pitch deck review: Get feedback on your pitch deck from experienced founders and investors.
  • Pitch practice: Interactive workshop to practice your pitch with your peers.
  • Pitch panel: Pitch your business to a panel of investors and get valuable feedback.

Ask me Anything sessions

Each day we also run “Ask me Anything” sessions with guest speakers, including an Angel Investor, VC investor, and founder who has recently raised.

Your Personal Training team to get you and your business into shape

Sutin Yang

Programme leader

Sutin is an experienced investor and head of Scaleups at Virgin StartUp.

John Auckland

Mover and shaker: investor networking

John has helped more than 120 companies launch their brands.

Suzie Campbell

Force of finance: financial modelling

Suzie is a financial expert who's helped hundreds of businesses get investor ready so they can scale.

Demi Ariyo

Helping you raise

CEO of Lendoe, a business finance firm focused on providing access to finance for under estimated founders. 

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Unlock the next stage of your fundraising journey

By joining the programme, you’ll get:

  • Expert insight – Virgin StartUp brings in experts in investment and fundraising to deliver in depth interactive workshops
  • Community – you’ll join a cohort of founders on the same journey for support and accountability 
  • Networks – practice your pitch with actual investors for valuable feedback
  • Founder inspiration – meet other founders who've been there, and done that, so you can too.
  • Keep your control - we don't take any equity as part of the programme

Apply Now

Select the right programme for you:

Investment Ready (3 days): £799 + VAT

Pro (4 days including pitch deck review and practice pitch session): £999 +VAT

Next cohort dates: 

November 7th to 9th/10th
December 5th to 7th/8th 

I've got a few more questions..

You should find everything you need below, but if not, just email and we'll get back to you pronto.

What is the Investment Ready Bootcamp?


Our Investment Ready Bootcamp is your fast-track ticket to understanding the world of startup funding. We've taken the essentials from our 7-week accelerator and packed them into a bootcamp that's all about getting you ready to win over investors. We'll show you how to present your business in the best light, where to find investors who'll vibe with your vision, and the savvy ways to engage them. Get clued in, get funded.

What are the eligibility criteria? 


Any UK-based founder wanting to raise money in the UK is eligible to apply.  

I've got a brilliant co-founder - can they join?


The programme cost is per participant, so they can join, but they must also register and pay the programme fee.  

What is the format?


All sessions are delivered online via Zoom over the course of 3 or 4 days, depending on the programme you sign up for. 

How much time do I need to give to the programme?


Depending on if you sign up for the 3 day or 4 day programme, you will need to attend full day workshops each day from 9:30am to 4:00pm. 

How much does the programme cost to participate?


There are two versions of the programme on offer:

Investment Ready: 3 days, £799+VAT

Pro: 4 days, £999+VAT, everything in the 3 days programme plus an additional day of pitch training and pitch practice to our expert panel


If I take part does this guarantee investment in my business?


We can't guarantee investment after taking part, but you can be sure we'll give you the tools, skills, networks and support to give you the best possible chance. You got this. 

How often does the Bootcamp take place? 


We're adding cohorts all the time, and will run two cohorts in 2023.

Who are the instructors on the programme?


Sutin Yang – experienced investor and head of Scaleups at Virgin StartUp 

John Auckland – Founder and CEO OF Tribe First, Seed Tribe, and Green Tribe.  

Suzie – The Friendly CFO 

Demi Ariyo – CEO of Lendoe 

Doing business the Virgin way

Virgin have spent 50 years building business after business with our irresistible brand. We know what it takes to go from start, to sale and beyond, and nothing is off limits.

Now, we're committed to helping the next generation of founders change the world and scale the businesses they're passionate about. 

Virgin StartUp by the numbers:

5,000+ funded founders

£70m+ in Start Up Loan funding

Striving for 50/50 gender equality on all our programmes

Stuart Walsh

The programme was invaluable. It provides practical knowledge of the investment landscape from crowdfunding to the later stages of raising money. The Virgin StartUp team have also become a valuable resource as we continue to grow.

Stuart Walsh, founder of OHMG, raised £300k