Entrepreneur’$ Boot Camp
The fastest way yet to get to funding yet, Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp was created by George Kenney co-founder of successful venture capital firm Shepherd Ventures. It’s based on the unique method used by Shepherd Ventures to choose investments for their role as lead investor, with fund results three times higher than the average VC firm. Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is now enhanced by partnership with Intelliversity which adds its unique technology for empowering management teams and creating trust with investors. With this partnership, Intelliversity’s Executive Director, Rob Kramarz, is now personally co-leading the program with George. In this post, you’ll learn all about Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp and how it will help you more quickly raise capital while accelerating launch and scaling of your venture.
Launching and scaling a business is arguably the hardest project a human can undertake.
- Though complex, it’s not just the complexity.
- Though requiring all the skills a person can acquire — technical, financial, legal, sales, marketing, operations, and of course team leadership — it’s not just the range of skills required.
- Though the time commitment is enormous and seemingly unending — it’s not just the time commitment,
- Though you have to risk your reputation, social life, family relationships, and financial well-being — it’s not just the risk you take.
- Above all, it’s the stress that comes as a surprise to most first-time entrepreneurs.
Stress is due to unplanned, unexpected undesired events. Things just don’t work out as expected: competition, egos, unexpected expenses, unexpected delays in revenue, legal challenges, technical failures, recession, changes in technology and demand, and way, way more time invested than you expected — “Anything that can go wrong will, sooner or later,” to paraphrase Murphy.
Yet you as founder and vision master have to get through it all, or else your vision is dust. Some can handle the stress and adversity, some can’t. The fact is, and everyone in the investment community knows this, and every entrepreneur should know this, that most founders CAN’T handle it. Why else do 80% of FUNDED companies fail before investors are fully paid?
So if you want the funding, it will help if you’re recognized by investors as the kind of person who never gives up, who can handle the stress and adversity, and keep on going. Not that this gives you a 100% certainty of succeeding, but it does give you a better shot.
So how does an investor know that’s who you are? How does an investor recognize you as the one in ten who walks through walls?
It boils down to “trust” in you — not just trust that you’re honorable and honest, though these traits matter — but trust that you can perform UNDER STRESS, and keep on performing, never folding no matter what you’re up against.
So how does an investor recognize you as one who can be trusted to perform UNDER STRESS? Normally, investors don’t have a good way. First, they look at track record and look either for success under adversity, or, if there were failures, how you handled them. But this doesn’t really do the job because track record is deceptive. Track record is not a reliable indicator. Second, they look at the CEO and team in a series of interviews. The problem is that founders like you are on their best behavior in these meetings. How can an investor really know your resilience through such superficial meetings? Superficial meetings are not reliable indicators. Meetings and track record taken together are not enough.
So is there a better way?
At Intelliversity, we’ve been looking for that better way for over eight years now. One major breakthrough we’ve championed is that you can’t do it alone; having a co-founder with complementary skills and aligned values is the best weapon you can muster against the unexpected challenges of outrageous fortune. You’ll find this well-documented in my eBook Born to Star, a draft of which is available to you on the Intelliversity site.
More recently, Intelliversity has joined forces with the co-founder of venture capital firm Shepherd Ventures (George Kenney), one of the most successful VCs in Southern California, to bring to you another way. George and Shepherd Ventures have been successful because 1) he bets on the people (CEO and team) as much or more than the product, and 2) he has a way to assess the CEO and team that is much more powerful than just examining track record or listening to presentations.
They call that better way, now fully developed, “Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp.” Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp will certify you as qualified to launch and scale an innovative business. It’s called “Bootcamp” because it’s hard to get into and hard to complete. Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp certifies its graduates to launch and scale an innovative company in today’s world. Unlike a seminar, Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is one-on-one with the instructors. It’s not a group. Hence it can be completed in six weeks. Often it takes seven or eight weeks.
The genius behind Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is that it supplies the expertise needed to launch and scale an innovative business. A great deal of this expertise is based on two systems that come out of MIT, where a great many undergrads start businesses. Faculty there determined to provide systems to enable these new-born leaders to succeed even the first time. About 50% succeed, an amazing achievement given that the failure rate for startups is around 98%. Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp provides the same level of success.
Even more important, Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp reveals and corrects the most important reasons so few companies get venture or angel funding:
What I want you to know now is that Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is a two-edged sword. It gives you as founder (or founding team) expertise in launching and scaling a business, as well as the messaging you need to inspire investors. This expertise will get you far. Equally important to the investors who teach it and observe it is that when you graduate you are “certified.” What this means is that, because you’ve been able to handle the stressful challenges of this program, we recognize you as someone who can handle the stresses of entrepreneurship and not quit.
Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is difficult to get into and difficult to complete. The journey through Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp is full of surprises and improvements to the leadership skills and business models of the participants. When you do complete it, the recognition and certification enable one of four results after you graduate:
- We invest in your company entirely ourselves (the least likely outcome).
- We invest as lead investor in a syndicate, drawing from the 100 VC’s in our circle and a larger number of high-net-worth individuals.
- We recommend you to other investors in this circle who have the appropriate means and interest. This recommendation is trusted by other investors because of the certification and the recognition of your ability to handle this kind of scaling challenge, and the expertise you’ve acquired in launching and scaling a company.
- You will locate other investors on your own, and gain their trust because of the certification and recognition of this program.
So far 20 companies have completed the modern version of Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp. Their success in raising capital is unprecedented. This is on top of the original 18 companies funded by Shepherd Ventures, and another approximately forty who have been recommended to other investors by Shepherd Ventures.
You are invited to apply for Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp. To begin, you are invited to a no-charge one-hour consultation with George Kenney (co-founder of Shepherd Ventures) and Robert Steven Kramarz (Executive Director of Intelliversity). You’ll get an estimate of the level of funding you may be qualified to receive, prices and scheduling, and answers to all your questions.
Entrepreneur’$ Bootcamp, if you can get in, enables you to 1) Be fully prepared to launch and scale, 2) be able to scale under stress, 3) be able to present to sophisticated investors comfortably and confidently, and 4) be much more likely to obtain the funding you need to grow, with far few meetings with investors.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to make the cut, schedule the no obligation, no-charge 1-hours consult today.
To set an appointment for this consultation, set up an initial pre-consultation interview with Mr. Kramarz by reserving 30 minutes on his calendar here.