Get M&A Ready - Saas & eCommerce Startups

Build an Exit Strategy that works for your Startup. Get more offers, Get an exit!

In 4 weeks, you learn everything about planning for an exit for your startup that's a Win-Win-Win-Win for Founders, Employees, Investors & Acquiring Company

  • You will be part of the incredible founders & leaders community in the startup ecosystem
  • You will be fully aware & better prepared as you plan your startup exit in your entrepreneur journey
  • You will be able to create a blueprint and plan better and even execute your exit strategy
  • You will get the right insights and pitfalls when planning your exit strategy

We have been running Cohort programs and have coached 400+ Founders & Leaders in various programs to scale their startup & business ideas.  We have been getting a 91+ NPS score for our program structure and process. Our Founders and Leaders network helps each other in the community to overcome challenges and grow their businesses.

Starts : Jan 10 2022 | Applications Open
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Who is it for?

Founders with $100,000 ARR or $8k MRR looking to get an exit
Founders who are looking to exit their current startup
Founders with a good team looking to get acqui-hired
Founders who have a great product and wish to sell only the Product

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M&A or Exit is an important event!

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Most startups are bought, not sold.” right?

In 2021 there is a record 119 M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) deals in India. If you are a business owner you will need an exit strategy or an acquisition strategy at some point in your business. Only 3% of the start-ups successfully graduate from seed.

In 2021, the figure hit $3.8 billion. These are only the disclosed deals; the majority of them are undisclosed and the value may actually be higher.

As you launch your startup, build your team, and close your first sales, an exit is the last thing on your mind. But thinking through, planning for, and working toward an eventual exit is something every entrepreneur needs to do. Determining which exit strategy is best for your company relies heavily on the current state of your startup and your future goals.

One of the most important decisions a founding team can make is when to consider selling the company to a buyer.

Once you take investor money, you’re expected to reach an exit event in order to produce returns for your investors and for your team. There are two main exit options: go public (IPO), sell in an M&A transaction.

The wisdom is that if you create a good enough product, the likes of Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Byjus, Reliance Jio will show up one day with a fat check for you to sign. That’s the dream, right?

The problem is, it’s just that – a dream (for most founders, anyway).

Most startups are sold and with great effort. Okay, your startup might be in the tiny percentage to get gobbled up by a large Tech company, but do you really want to play those odds?

Exiting your startup is like a contact sport. You’ve got to throw your weight behind the process and anticipate buyer plays. Getting acquired is then simply a matter of closing the gap between your and the buyer’s expectations.

When + How to Start Thinking About M&A

When? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers. Consider that it’s never a bad thing to start relationships with business/corporate development contacts who can help add to your customer set and/or future exit. Relationships take a long time to build.

When you don’t need to make a deal, you will have time, options, the ability to compete, or walk away.

The best times to seriously think about M&A is when you face a:

  1. Business inflection point — have you achieved big milestones?
  2. Market inflection point — are competitors getting bought up?
  3. Acquirers are coming to you — you have options and leverage.

Once you identify your goals, prepare for and de-risk the acquisition for the buyer, you’ll receive more offers than a lifetime spent waiting for big tech to knock on the door.

What does it take to exit a business? It pays to take a closer look at how the M&A works. Hard work and perseverance – both of which start before you even list your startup on the market. The more prepared and flexible you are, the bigger your buyer pool, and consequently, the more offers you’ll receive!‍

Program Structure

👋🏼 Our Program schedule needs your time, such as 90 mins for a Live learning session followed by a Q&A session of 30 minutes. We host 2 learning sessions every week. We also host two Mentor talks of 40 minutes each in a week.

Learn & Apply

Our unique Learn + Apply model enables you what you need to know to ideate & explore solutions. Each session has an outcome. Founders & Leaders bring hands-on expertise to coach the cohort.

Live Program

This is not a course. In this live program, we interact with you in the group cohorts to leverage high-value to solve challenges and achieve outcomes.

Result Driven

We measure your success by program KPIs. Our program has many sessions and each session focuses on solving challenges and taking your business to the next level.

👋🏼 Our Program schedule needs your time, such as 90 mins for a Live learning session followed by a Q&A session of 30 minutes. We host 2 learning sessions every week. We also host two Mentor talks of 40 minutes each in a week. You get access to the program workspace to interact and pair with program participants to speed up learning and implementation.

Get M&A Ready in 4 weeks

Week
1

The Foundations

1. Am I ready to sell? Should I?

  • Pre-Read - Magic Box Book

2. How does a Buyer explore M&A

3. Different types of M&A

Week
2

Determining the Value & Terms

1. Valuation

2. Termsheet

3. Due Diligence

4. Make a Pitch deck for strategic buyers or financial buyers

Week
3

Legal & Preparation for M&A

1. Legal Frameworks

2. How to prepare for M&A

3. How to evaluate offers

Week
4

Executing the process

1. How to spread the word

2. Listing on Marketplace

3. Hiring an Advisor

4. Hiring an Investment Banker

What will you accomplish?

M&A Plan: Have a plan in action to begin your M&A journey

Have a plan in action to begin your M&A journey

M&A Mentors: Hear from Mentors & Founders who have had different types of exit

Hear from Mentors & Founders who have had different types of exit

M&A Community: You will forever be part of the M&A community you can turn to when you feel lost or need help

Community: You will forever be part of the M&A community you can turn to when you feel lost or need help

M&A Clarity: You will come out with a better understanding of how M&A works and its nuances

You will come out with a better understanding of how M&A works and its nuances

Startups we have helped

What it is not?

  • This is not a course. This is a coaching + live program.
  • These are not recorded videos.
  • It is not an exclusive 'For you' program. This is cohort-based around getting ready for Startup M&A
  • This is not DIMF (Do it for me). We will coach you, guide you and show you how to do it.
  • It is not an advisory activity.

What it is?

  • This is the LIVE group cohort where expert Founders & Leaders help you learn something new.
  • Our unique Learn + Apply cohort model enables you to achieve new skills or overcome challenges.
  • This is an intense program and you need to commit many hours a week to this program.
  • You will work for your goals as part of the program.
  • You get a dedicated cohort workspace to work with program creators, dozens of mentors and peer groups.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Who should apply?

  • You want to learn about the M&A process for your Startup
  • You have received inbound interests for potential acquisition
  • You are keen to exit, but only explore cross border opportunities
  • You are keen to exit and open to all options including acqui-hire
  • You are seeing potential Merger opportunities in your market

How is the selection process for this program?

We have a program panel consisting of expert founders & leaders who review each application. We review the following:

  • Your current Stage of the company
  • Your market & industry
  • Your Exit timeline is less than 1 year
  • Your commitment to learning & applying in the program

Why didn't you select my application?

We only accept applicants who can gain from our program. If your application is not accepted, we think you will derive less optimal value at this stage. You are most welcome to apply to this program for the next cohorts.

How is this better than other courses, training, etc.?

  • This is not a course. This is a coaching + live program.
  • These are not recorded videos.
  • It is not an advisory activity.
  • Our unique Learn + Apply cohort model enables you to achieve new skills or overcome challenges.
  • This is an intense program and you need to commit many hours a week to this program.
  • You will work for your goals as part of the program.
  • You get a dedicated cohort workspace to work with program creators, dozens of mentors and peer groups.

What will I accomplish after attending the program?

Clarity: You will come out with a better understanding of how M&A works and its nuances

Learn: Hear from Mentors & Founders who have had different types of exit

Plan: Have a plan in action to begin your M&A journey

Community: You will forever be part of the M&A community you can turn to when you feel lost or need help

I am in a different time zone (USA, APAC, etc.). Can I join the program?

We live in a flat world; as long as you can manage your joining time, we welcome you to join the program.

What is the cost of the program?

It is a reasonable one considering this is a high-value program. We charge a fee to manage program hosting, operation and logistics. The program fee is Rs 45,000 for 4 weeks.

How is this worth the price?

Quite frankly, because it works, we measure your success by program KPIs. Our program has many sessions and each session has an outcome. We have been getting a 91 NPS score for our program structure and process to help them achieve several outcomes. Twenty incredible leaders who have built side projects or have super expertise will be in this program to coach you. As a result, you will gain high value and several outcomes.

Who are the people behind this?

The program consists of expert founders & leaders, dozens of incredible program mentors, program managers and coordinators.

What is the schedule of this program?

  • Weekly Live Session: We will host sessions to help you learn and give you some weekly goals as per the program content.
  • Weekly Review Session: We host peer review sessions on our community space to share learnings from the previous week and retrospect. The program mentor will answer some of the queries /doubts in these async discussions.
  • Regularly: One Program mentor will host their expertise sessions to share learnings, best practices and Q&A sessions for the cohort.
  • Frequently Scheduled: Peer learning & working sessions among sub-groups to check progress and goals.
  • Real-time: Discussions, calls and messaging among participants, program mentors, coordinators to help overcome challenges, share feedback, and connect.

Will I get access to mentors?

The program mentors will host their expertise sessions to share learnings, best practices and Q&A sessions for the cohort. You get to interact with them during their session and when they are available in the community hub.

What happens after this program is completed?

Once you are part of the community, you always will be and we will make sure we will help you in every step of your journey through us. With the community of founders & leaders, you will continue to gain momentums.

I am working in a company, can I attend?

Yes, this program is designed for Founders, CXOs and Leaders.