Frequently Asked Questions

Studies show that education tools, community support and access to information about capital opportunities can play an important role in the growth of a founder’s business. As such, we have established a community built around these three pillars to help female founders get funded faster.

No. Regardless of what stage you are at in your business journey, there is much to learn about funding options that will likely benefit your growing business such as lending, crowdfunding, government grants, competitions, angel investors or venture capital. Alongside these funding options, our Masterclass Experts and Investors-in-Residence will talk about the growth required to move between these funding options. Our community also includes our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence as well as our female founders which gives you the opportunity to connect directly with peers and learn from those who have ‘done it before you’.

This online course was developed specifically for female founders and aims to demystify the funding process. The course covers the funding options in Idea, Early and Growth stages of a business and also teaches you what to prepare, what to expect and next steps for each funding option. This is all supported by downloadable worksheets.

Each month, Next Chapter Raise features a different industry expert to host an online Masterclass. These Masterclasses offer members a deep dive into topics around fundraising and capital options and best practices as well as the requirements, processes and challenges involved.

We also spend time meeting and talking to experts as well as listening to our Member challenges in order to find the right expert each month.

These are successful investors and entrepreneurs who are providing their experience and insights in support of the female founders in our community. You can find out more about the Entrepreneur-in-Residence here and Investor-in-Residence here

At Next Chapter Raise, we are focused on teaching female founders how to get funded faster. Of course, we support and work with strategically aligned, nimble organisations that offer various entrepreneurship programmes, but as Carla Harris, ex-Chair of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) states “Our studies show that emerging companies that start with a strong foundation of capital are far more likely to be successful than those who are poorly capitalized.”

Therefore our goal is to provide education through our Masterclasses, knowledge-building events, online resources, discussion forums, newsroom and podcast. Plus, we also provide a peer community ready to discuss these topics and, where available, share relevant funding opportunities and news. Our experience shows this combination can make the difference for a female founder in building a sustainable business.

The issues facing female founders are both broad and universal. Plus, we are a digital community which can be joined from anywhere in the world.

We are primarily a virtual community so our member events will largely be offered online. From time to time, we will offer offline events and these will be shared within our community.

No. Though the services we provide are educational in nature, we are not an educational institution and we are not licensed as a school or vocational and professional education or training centre. And so, Next Chapter does not provide or issue certificates, diplomas, or any degrees and nor is it regulated under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279, Laws of Hong Kong) or other regulatory bodies.

No, Next Chapter Raise does not offer professional services such as financial advisory, tax, accountancy, or legal and so no information we provide, or views we express, whether through our website or other materials we prepare or distribute, is intended to be relied on as professional advice. Though we focus on the funding ecosystem, we are not financial planners, nor do we offer financial planning services or investment advisory services in any manner or form. Further, we do not make any representations or warranties as to the expected financial performance or profit forecast in respect of any business. You are solely responsible for obtaining independent legal advice prior making any financial decisions or legal decisions, including making or accepting investments. Nothing in our website or information we provide should be relied upon for any investment activities.

We are not licensed under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong) or other securities regulations in force in other jurisdictions. Next Chapter Raise does not advise its members on securities and will not recommend specific securities. Any mention or discussion of securities will be made only in an educational or informative context. No information or materials that we share or provide to our members whether directly or through our website is meant to constitute an offer to issue or place securities or interests in a collective investment scheme under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong) or is meant to constitute investment advice under the Securities and Futures Ordinance.

No. However, we have built relationships with investors and capital organisations so that funding opportunities can be shared within our community via our Funding Calendar and other communications. Members can then decide if they would like to apply.

We have built relationships with investors and capital organisations so that public funding opportunities can be shared within our community via our Funding Community and other communications. Members can then decide if they would like to apply. We also host private events attended by investors that will give members a chance to build their investor relationships. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that the investors you meet through us will invest in your business but we’ll teach you how to navigate the oftentimes confusing funding process the investors will likely impose.

Our Savvy monthly membership costs US$39 per month and our Savvy annual membership costs US$390 which includes 2 months FREE. Your membership fee will be payable on registration, and at each renewal. We may change the membership fees by providing you with at least 30 days’ notice prior to the end of your Membership Term.

Yes. Annual membership currently costs US$390 which includes 2 month FREE.

Please email contact@nextchapter.com.hk with the email subject heading, Membership payment and outline your request.

Savvy monthly and annual members’ are required to pay for their membership at the time of purchase. The billing cycle shall renew automatically every 30 days after you have registered (if you registered for a monthly membership) or at the end of 12 months after you have registered (if you’ve registered for an annual membership).

To cancel your subscription, go to your account and select the option to cancel your subscription 3 days before your next scheduled payment. You can also email contact@nextchapter.com.hk to inform us you have cancelled your subscription. Later cancellation requests will be processed at the conclusion of the next 30 days during which time you will continue to be a Member and have access to all Services as a Member.

As a new and first-time member, you may cancel your Savvy monthly or annual membership for a full refund within the first 30 days of joining. This is our money-back guarantee. After the first 30 days of your Membership, you may only cancel your Membership if you do so at least 3 days before the expiry of your Membership Term. Later cancellation requests will be processed at the conclusion of the next 30 days during which time you will continue to be a Member and have access to all Services as a Member.

If you have signed up to the monthly membership subscription and would like to switch to an annual membership, please email us at contact@nextchapter.com.hk and we will change your subscription. This switch can only happen within 3 days prior to your next scheduled payment. Switching from an annual membership to monthly is not possible.

Our membership is offered exclusively to female founders as research and statistics reveal that women experience greater barriers to funding. However, we seek partners, male and female, who can help make a difference in getting more women funded faster.