How It Works

Abaca will calculate an overall Venture Investment Level — from Level 1, a founding team and an idea, to Level 9, a market-leading company. Your overall level points you to the right stage of funding and assistance, and category-specific levels identify milestones you’ve achieved and need to achieve before your next raise.

Odunayo Eweniyi

Odunayo Eweniyi

COO & Co-founder at Piggybank.ng

“It helped us craft the narrative around our product and properly articulate our vision to potential investors and partners...It’s possibly the best strategy for investor communication for early-stage startups.”

Want to learn where your company stands?

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Clients

VA4E

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VillageCapital

VA4E

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VillageCapital

Learn your strengths and weaknesses

Start with a proven investment readiness assessment that takes only minutes. The self-assessment methodology, pioneered by Village Capital, is called VIRAL for “Venture Investment Readiness and Awareness Levels,” and it has been tested and validated worldwide.

Learn your strengths and weaknesses

Share your progress

Have more productive conversations with investors, mentors and your team by saving and updating your Level as part of a profile. Share your profile and learn a common language for talking about your progress and identifying milestones critical to growth.

Share your progress

NEW: Matching

Abaca’s matching technology helps you pinpoint where to look for raising capital -- whether that’s grants, debt, angel, seed or venture capital -- and for resources in your ecosystem, such as incubators, accelerators, or government programs and incentives. A match score provides you with a gauge of how good a fit each option is.

NEW: Matching

Milestone Grid

The grid below visualizes your progress in each business category. Your overall Level is where you have achieved milestones across every category. You can quickly pinpoint gaps needed to complete the next Level. We call those gaps critical milestones, which help set priorities and are great for framing conversations with board members, investors and mentors.

Level 1

Establishing the Founding Team

Level 2

Setting the Vision

Level 3

Solidifying the Value Proposition

Level 4

Validating an Investable Market

Level 5

Proving a Profitable Business Model

Level 6

Moving Beyond Early Adopters

Level 7

Hitting Product-Market Fit

Level 8

Scaling Up

Level 9

Exit in Sight