Benchmark your company on its path to scale

Abaca takes frustration out of raising capital by providing a common language for founders and investors, a picture of where a company stands now and a roadmap for where to go next.

Get your level

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

Co-founder, Piggybank.ng

“Working with it really helped us map a path for the growth of the product because we were able to see very clearly, the point we were really at, at the time. It’s possibly the best strategy for investor communication for early-stage startups.”

Want to learn where your company stands?
GEt your level

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.

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

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.

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.

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