English For Fundraising Programme

Many startups, entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, SME founders and technology researchers around the globe have great business ideas, great business models and good business plans to change the world and create global success stories from their countries. However, their entrepreneurial local ecosystem may lack qualified angel investors or private equity funds to support them through investment, delivering quality mentoring and creating an international network.

These startups and entrepreneurs need to connect with global investment and entrepreneurial ecosystems to raise smart finance and to receive quality mentoring and valuable know-how. Many startups, entrepreneurs and SME founders do not have a sufficient level of English to communicate with global investors and business markets in their quest to raise finance and get much-needed mentoring.

As an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum has developed a unique program—English for Fundraising, to support non-native English-speaking entrepreneurs and other players in entrepreneurship and investment ecosystems in their entrepreneurial journey and eventually contribute to the economic development of their country.

The English for Fundraising course will help ease access to smart finance from qualified investors and to quality mentoring. It will also contribute to increase the valuation of startup ventures and ease the due diligence and negation processes. Pitching business ideas to potential investors, raising finance from cross- border investors, dealing with global private equity funds, wealth management institutions, family offices and angel investors will be easier as well.

The global landscape of English language users

According to international reports, Europe has the highest English proficiency of any region by a wide margin as a result of decades of efforts by national ministries and the EU itself to promote multilingualism. There is still room for improvement in other parts of the world, however. For decades, Asia, for instance, has been the workshop of the world, fuelling economic development across the region. But a transition from manufacturing to knowledge-driven growth will require better English. Latin America, after years of stagnation, plans to improve English proficiency are gaining momentum. The Latin American business community is increasingly vocal in its demand for more English speakers. As for Africa, the past decade has seen a surge of foreign investment in infrastructure and business projects. Better English would strengthen these international collaborations. The continent is home to 21 of the world’s 30 fastest-growing urban areas. The Middle East, once at the forefront of science, literature, and trade, but today’s Middle East countries are today more marginal to cutting-edge research and economic production. Meeting challenges could have a transformative effect on the region, and improving the region’s relatively low English proficiency will play an essential part in the transition.

This course will serve to economies in increasing foreign direct investment to countries, attracting more global investors, connecting local entrepreneurs with global investors, promoting gender equality, and increase financial inclusion.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to produce qualified entrepreneurs and startups who can help empower world economies and who will be able to create global success stories. Globally connected entrepreneurs can  thus have a great impact in terms of creating new jobs, new wealth and social justice.

Wishing you a great success!
WBAF Business School - World Business Angels Investment Forum
An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI)

  • Who is this programme for?

    Individuals in the entrepreneurship ecosystem

    • Startup and SME founders
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Board members
    • Non-executive board members
    • Incubation centre executives
    • Technopark executives
    • Corporate venture executives
    • VC executives
    • Angel investors
    • Inventors and innovators
    • Technology transfer executives
    • University-based researchers
    • Mentors, coaches, and consultants

    Members of Public Institutions

    • FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) staff
    • Staff of economy and trade ministries
    • Diplomats
    • Executives of investment promotion and regional development agencies



  • This programme is for you if you want to …

    • learn English from scratch with the ultimate goal of raising finance from investors
    • build your fundraising skills in English
    • communicate effectively with investors and mentors in English
    • make quality pitches to all kinds of investors (wealth management institutions, family offices, private equity funds, VCs, angel investors)
    • pitch on the WBAF Global Fundraising Stage
    • feel comfortable as a panelist or a keynote speaker at international events
    • participate in English at international meetings and conferences

    And if you need English to …

    • enhance your personal branding as an international and successful startup
    • raise smart finance from qualified angel investors
    • join international demo days
    • pitching on the WBAF Global Fundraising Stage
    • develop your international networking
    • increase company valuation of your startup ventures



The WBAF Business School provides a hybrid learning experience in a multilingual and multi-cultural environment offering (a) online education (b) support from an individualized strategic advisory board, (c) stock exchange meetups and inter-continental study trips, (d) support from a corporate governance and SME support center and (e) proficiency-based qualification and certification.

Certificate and ID Card

The programme concludes with a proficiency test and participants are awarded a professional certificate featuring your proficiency level and a personal WBAF Identity Card. The WBAF Business School awards two kinds of certificates: (a) a professional certificate is issued for successful completion of a programme that concludes with a proficiency test, and (b) a certificate of completion is issued for a course without a proficiency test.

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You are invited to send an email to Christina Mc Gimpsey, Secretary General - World Business Angels Investment Forum,
to start your registration process: Christina.McGimpsey@wbaforum.org