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The Path Forward Masterclasses: Evaluating Your Startup Idea

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The Path Forward Masterclass Series:

The Path Forward is a proven startup framework and platform for you to utilise as an early stage founder or operator. The framework was developed by Forward Partners, the game changing VC which invests in the most talented UK startups at pre-Seed and Seed stage.

Forward Partners devised The Path Forward to help their founders validate their ideas, build a product, achieve traction, hire a team and raise follow on funding all in the space of 12 months.

The framework clearly defines startup creation as being comprised of three steps:
  • Valid idea: An idea is valid when it has been translated into a product concept which resonates rationally and emotionally with customers. The product concept should be validated through well conducted customer interviews and customer responses to early versions of the product
  • Valued product: The product is valued when it has provided real value to a significant and growing number of customers, some of whom love the product enough that they have become evangelists
  • Valuable business: The business is valuable when there’s a clear path to profits. Customer lifetime value should be on a path to exceed the cost of customer acquisition, the company should be on a strong growth path and the team should be strong enough to grow the company by an order of magnitude
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“Evaluating your Startup Idea” - Matthew Bradley, Investor, Forward Partners

Matthew Bradley is an investor at Forward Partners, the UK's leading Pre-Seed and Seed Stage VC which has invested in 41 of the UK's most innovative startups, including Appear Here, Zopa, Lexoo, Live Better With and Patch.

Evaluating the validity of a startup idea is a key step in the role of any early stage VC investor and occurs pretty much at the get go. It's absolutely key that you know how to evaluate your plans so you can find the right source of funding and present your vision fully and effectively.

During this session Matthew will present how he and the Forward Partners team approach the evaluation of each startup idea they see, how you can evaluate your big idea through a VCs lens so you're ready to pitch and will discuss Forward Partners approach to building a business.

Who is this event for?

This session is perfect for pre-seed founders and aspiring entrepreneurs, keen to evaluate the potential of their startup idea prior to pitching for investment.

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February 1st 2018:

18.30 - 18:45 - Introduction to Forward Partners & The Path Forward - how we build businesses
18: 45 - 19:15 - How to evaluate a startup idea & what VCs are looking for
19:15 - 19: 45 - Q&A from the floor on specific evaluation queries
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