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Preparing for Early Stage Investment Due Diligence

Event Type
Research Park
EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Drive
Feb 13, 2024   11:30 am - 2:00 pm  
Cathy McArthur
Originating Calendar
Research Park Events

Raising capital can be a lengthy process that requires a lot of planning to be successful. Most entrepreneurs receive training or utilize readily available resources to prepare a compelling pitch. Few, however, know what to expect if a potential investor is interested in moving forward to a necessary due diligence stage, which occurs before a commitment to fund. In this workshop, Dr. Evaline Tsai, a Principal at Gigascale Capital, will show you, from an investor’s perspective, how to prepare to ace the diligence process and get a commitment to fund. 

Who Should Participate:

  • Founders
  • Founding Teams
  • Management Teams


  • Know the best practices for managing the diligence process
  • Identify the best tools for setting up and managing your data room to make it as investor-friendly as possible
  • Understand the importance of reference calls and how to set them up correctly
  • Know how to transition from diligence to closing
  • What Gigascale is looking for in an investment
  • Best practices for managing the diligence process
  • How to set up a data room to help investors review materials
  • How to set up reference calls to help investors understand the customers' POV


  • You are a good candidate for this workshop if you are currently raising or plan to raise a pre-seed, seed, or Series A funding round within the next 12 months.
  • Participants must be able to attend the workshop for its entire duration (11:30 AM to 2:00 PM).

Email to gwilson@illinois.edu or lwbleill@illinois.edu if you have questions concerning the program. We will reach out to you by Tuesday, February 6 if you are accepted to participate.

Space is limited for this hands-on workshop, so please apply for consideration here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/112202505

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