learn how to raise a successful venture round from Atrium’s community of entrepreneurs and investors
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Raising venture capital financing can feel opaque, arbitrary, and unpredictable. It can be difficult to understand what messaging or metrics will convince an investor to offer that elusive term sheet. We created Atrium Academy to help demystify this process for startup founders.

Atrium Academy is a free, 2-day event for companies looking to raise a venture round, hosted by Atrium LTS CEO Justin Kan, former Y Combinator partner and entrepreneur. As a serial founder over the past ten years, he has extensive experience in raising tens of millions for his companies. As an investor, he’s helped other founders craft narratives that have raised hundreds of millions more. With Atrium Academy we are creating a repeatable bootcamp for getting founders ready to tackle the fundraising process.

Read: The Founder’s Guide to Raising a Series A Venture Financing

“Justin spent hours giving me advice on fundraising and teaching me the ins and outs of Silicon Valley. His help on our narrative was invaluable in raising MessageBird's $60mm Series A.”
— Robert, CEO of Messagebird

“Justin kicks ass. His advice on our strategy and deck was direct and concrete, and informed by hundreds of millions of dollars in successful fundraises for other startups. Plus he has a great view of market terms and valuation, which we found to be spot-on and incredibly valuable.”
— Noah, CEO of Built Robotics

Can I Join?

You should be a venture-ready company. In our experience that means you are seeing rapid, double-digit growth (on millions of annual revenue if you’re monetizing, or hundreds of thousands of daily users if you aren’t). In your application, please include reasoning on why you are ready to fundraise.


Day 1

The Mechanics of Fundraising
We'll walk you through the fundraising process and show you how to negotiate a great term sheet.

Founder Panel
You'll hear from top founders who've recently raised a venture round.

Pre and Post-Term Sheet
We'll show how you can speed up your fundraising process by doing due diligence preparation in advance, and explain the next steps after you decide on a term sheet.

Breakout Sessions
You'll get individual feedback on your pitch deck and fundraising strategy from experienced founders.

Day 2

Investor Office Hours
You'll get a chance to meet with top-tier VCs from the Atrium community.


When is Atrium Academy?
Because the company fundraising can’t wait until any particular event happens, Atrium Academy is a reoccurring event that we throw regularly throughout the year.

When should I apply to Atrium Academy?
When you anticipate being a Series A ready company (per the above criteria), and are prepared to kick off the fundraising process. You should be prepared to bring a rough deck with you for review.

Why are you doing this?
Atrium’s mission is to help founders. We think offering free, educational workshops for the startup community is one way of doing that.

Is there any cost?
No, Atrium Academy is a free event for invited founders.

Do I need to meet with the VCs in the Atrium community?
Not if you don’t want to. We will try to match you with partners from top firms who are interested in your market. They will not get any information about your company prior to meeting.

Do I need to be an Atrium LLP client to attend?
No, all founders are welcome to apply.