If you’re not one of the lucky ones (ie - accepted into an accelerator program) – you’re left pretty much on your own to figure out the capital-raising game!
— Lucy

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WELCOME

If you're raising capital for the 'first-time'  - you're going to need all the help you can get!  Raising capital is challenging. This is especially true for minorities, women and entrepreneurs running traditional (non-tech) ventures.   This problem came to my attention in 2007, while serving as Director of a business center.   I decided to do something about it by developing a training program targeting this audience.   I assembled an impressive group of investors, deal makers, experts and founders to serve as instructors. They were happy to help the next generation of startups ... and give back to the community!   With that – the GET READY FOR INVESTMENT TRAINING PROGRAM was launched.  Things went well for 3 years –   we were making an impact - then the economic crisis came along. Like many non-profit organizations we lost our funding and the training program ended! 

But I just couldn’t bear the thought of abandoning all the great content we had developed to help start-ups through the capital-raising maze.   So I approached my awesome team of teaching partners with the idea of taking our live training program on-line.  They all agreed!  So I tapped into my savings account to pay for studio time at a local TV station --  and we produced the courses offered in COVIZE ACADEMY.  Here you'll learn everything an entrepreneur should know before getting in front of investors. This is a huge advantage;  you'll stand out from the crowd of start-ups vying for the investor's money!

"There are few places … outside of accelerator programs…

where start-ups can access this type of experience and expertise."

 

It’s been a bittersweet journey! Many of us on the team miss the opportunity to engage with start-ups on a personal level; sharing in the excitement of their new ventures.  However, we know that COVIZE ACADEMY allows us to reach and help many more entrepreneurs than we ever could before!  

Raising capital isn't easy - but it gets done everyday  - by entrepreneurs (just like you)!  Our courses will help you get there.  In fact, register for a course now,  and then you'll see.

 

Lucy Holifield

Director

 

P.S.

Special thanks to our teaching partners ( Michael Blake, Evan Rogoff, Dolan Falconer Jr, Karen Rands, Alonzo Llorens, Colette Fergusson, Charles Gary and John James) for their patience during the long awaited launch of COVIZE ACADEMY!     


OUR MISSION 

COVIZE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO ENTREPRENEURS TO IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO COMPETE FOR INVESTMENT CAPITAL AND ENHANCE THEIR GROWTH POTENTIAL IN ORDER TO CREATE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC IMPACT.

COVIZE IS NOT A PRIVATE EQUITY FUND.