As a founder of a start-up looking for financing, you must be ready to provide investors in equity, such as venture capital firms and angel funding with the information they require to conduct fundraising due diligence. This is the process by which interested parties research a company to verify important data and metrics that meet investment requirements, and investigate possible risks before making a decision to invest.

During the due diligence process, VCs will ask for documents that pertain to your business operations, financials legal, taxation, and compliance. Due diligence will be accelerated and delays will be reduced by having these documents readily available. A VDR can help you keep these documents, offer immediate access to them and manage permissions so you can control who sees what, ensuring that your private information is only shared with those you want to see it.

You can accelerate due diligence by using other tools that complement the VDR. You can set up a system to automatically upload important files to an well-organized folder. This will decrease the amount of work you need to complete, since you won’t have to manually collect and upload documents. It is helpful to create an outline of the dates each piece of documentation will be required so that the VC will be aware of when you’re ready to upload them.

Another method to prepare for due diligence is by training your gift officers on fundraising due diligence. This includes gift acceptance policies. This can include creating the list of triggers that, when met will require a thorough risk rubric. Examples include international potential, crimes or scandals known to the public, and solicitations exceeding a certain dollar amount, such as the naming of donations.