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Masterclass

Module 4: Reviewing the Data Room & Analyzing Financial Statements

We break down what to look for in everything from a balance sheet to a convertible note ledger and operating agreements.

By Megan Ananian

Masterclass

How to Begin Diligencing a Company

We walk you through how review a pitch deck, understand the diligence process, and prepare questions for founders.

By Megan Ananian

For Female Funders

How to Critically Evaluate a Company’s Potential

Building a holistic picture of the founder is key.

By Erin Lowry

For Female Funders

Questions to Ask Every Founder Before Investing

What's the secret sauce every investor looks for in a founder? Here are 7 things to think about before handing over your money.

By Erin Lowry

For Female Funders

What to Look For—and Look Out For—In a Pitch Deck

How well does the founder actually understand the market?

By Erin Lowry

Resources

How to Craft an Investment Thesis and Understand Investment Securities

By being a Member of The Helm Investor Community, we will source and diligence opportunities for you, but we want you to have the tools necessary to be able to do this on your own as well.

By Megan Ananian

For Female Founders

Pivoting 101: Advice to Help You Change Your Business Strategy

Whether it's during a pandemic, an economic recession, or a natural disaster, six successful founders reveal how they embrace uncertainty.

By Mariah Ackary

Resources

What Is Venture Capital and When Do I Get My Money Back?

We break down the VC players (from angels to family offices and everything in between) and what the lifecycle of an investment looks like.

By Megan Ananian

For Female Founders

How to Run a Business with Your Sibling—Successfully

Starting a business with family can be tough, but Marni and Willa Blank are proof that it can be done successfully. Here, the founders of Blank Studio detail how they’re making it work.

By Anna Jornlid

Resources

How to Fund Black Women: Where to Shop, Invest, and Learn About Dismantling Systemic Racism

A resource guide on where to shop, fund, invest in, and learn about dismantling systemic racism.

By Nikki Coats

The Helm

Resources

Your Complete Guide to Emergency Funding: Everything Female Founders Need to Know

A state-by-state and country-wide roundup of government-backed and corporate funding resources for female founders.

By Anna Jornlid; Illustration by Perri Tomkiewicz

Resources

5 Social Media Tips for Brands Unsure How to Talk to Customers

How can brands navigate COVID-19 when it comes to their social messaging? Stay agile, receptive—and most importantly, human.

By Amber Davis

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