Investment Readiness Series

Turning Prototypes Into Fundable Companies: Pathways to Seed Investment & Successfully Scaling Your Hardware Startups

Prepare your hardware venture for fundraising, by applying for this module-based series, focused on providing the necessary tools and strategies to effectively manage their fundraising process and scale with success.


The Hardware Catalyst Initiative: Investment Readiness Series aims to propel hardware-focused ventures from product development to investment readiness in a matter of 6-12 months. The Hardware Investment Readiness Series is designed for hardware companies to offer investment readiness services and complement ventureLAB’s product-development capabilities with our Hardware Catalyst Initiative.

Over 6 months, ventureLAB's Investment Readiness team of expert advisors will deliver 6 modules, and 1:1 advisory. This offering is targeted to hardware companies preparing to raise investment within 6 - 12 months. 

Currently our series is by invitation only. Please enquire to for further information.

Core Components:

Modules With Investment Readiness Team: Tailored 1-to-Many module-based investment readiness content with opportunities for peer learning and group feedback.

Targeted Advisory: 1-on-1 covering content which includes: Your Investment Readiness Deck, Market & Investment Strategy, Financials, Due Diligence, and Investor Communication


Hardware-Specific Mentorship: Direct access to industry veterans and expert advisors with industry-specific domain knowledge to navigate your journey with you.

Investor Readiness: Specialized training modules to prep you for investor scrutiny, from cap table formulation to compelling storytelling that brings out the 'why' behind your hardware.

Peer-To-Peer Exchange: An environment to engage with other hardware founders for mutual problem-solving and brainstorming.

Opportunity to participate in an Investment Summit: opportunities to participate at hosted investment summit events.


  • Modules & workshops and founder talks will be hosted virtually on key fundraising topics led by experts in North America’s hardtech fundraising ecosystem.
  • Supported with opportunities for 1:1 meetings to gain insights and build investment strategy, and guided through monthly modules sessions on fundamental investment content.
  • Sessions will be held on Wednesdays monthly for 6 months.

Please reach out to for more information or to express interest to participate in future cohorts

1:1 Mentorship

Throughout the 6 month program, founders will engage in 1:1 meetings with experienced mentors to gain in-depth and tailored feedback on key business components to strengthen their investment-readiness. 

These 1:1 mentorship meetings will focus on reviewing the founder’s pitch deck, investment strategy, and data room. Each 1:1 meeting will be 30 minutes in length and will be scheduled bi-weekly:


We’ve assembled a team of leading advisors, investors and founders in North America to build your network, lead workshops and talks on important fundraising topics and support you in your fundraising efforts as a hardware venture.

From experienced founders to Canadian venture capital leaders, here are a select number of the individuals you’ll connect with through the Hardware Catalyst Initiative: Investment Readiness Series.

Esha Chopra
Director, Programs

Guarav Bansal
Advisor, Founder Services

Hilary Kilgour,
Advisor, Founder Services

Jamachi Chris-Asoluka
Operations Manager, Founder Success

Rohan Goswami
Capital Associate

Sep Assadian
VP, Founder Success

Opportunity Outcomes

In a continued effort to reduce barriers in commercializing hardware technologies, ventureLAB’s Investment Readiness Series provides the necessary tools and resources for startups to prepare for future opportunities, like the HardTech Investor Network.  

Powered by ventureLAB, the HardTech Investor Network is a deep-tech focused investor network backing Canadian pre-seed and seed stage startups. We offer curated investment opportunities and support foundational companies that aim to improve our world.

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