Introduction to The New Investor Essentials Course

This course will give you an introduction to startups, angel investing and venture capital. By the end of the course, you will be able to confidently take the next steps in your investment journey.

What you will learn

  • What is early stage investing and why do it

  • The benefits and risks of early stage investing

  • How to construct a portfolio to maximise investment returns

  • The key investing steps including due diligence, cap tables and valuations

  • How to assess a pitch presentation

  • Why it's important to have more women investing

This course is for women who are:

  • ready to invest but don’t know where to start

  • curious to invest in the startup space

  • looking to expand their investing knowledge

  • energized about joining an engaged community to support their journey

How you will benefit

Flexible and convenient learning

Learn on the go, anywhere, anytime in bite-sized lessons with our digital course.

Flexible and convenient

Get started on wealth creation

This course is the first step in learning how to invest for returns, for personal fulfilment or learning about the exciting world of innovation.

Get started on wealth creation

Achieve your financial goals

Our New Investor Essentials course can help you achieve your financial goals.

Achieve your financial goals

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction

    2. What To Expect

    1. Angel Investing 1, Part 1

    2. Angel Investing 1, Part 2

    3. Angel Investing 1, Part 3

    4. Quiz Angel Investing 1

    1. Angel Investing 2 - Part 1

    2. Angel Investing 2 - Part 2

    3. Quiz Angel Investing 2

    1. Venture Capital 1

    2. Venture Capital 2

    3. Quiz Venture Capital

    4. Course Feedback Request - The New Investor Essentials - Digital

    1. Due Diligence 1

    2. Due Diligence 2

    3. Quiz Due Diligence

    1. Women and Investing

    2. Quiz Women and Investing

About this course

  • $195.00
  • 25 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

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Your instructors

Christine Yu

Sophia Co-Founder

Christine’s global career spans 17+ years across impact finance, venture building and the international capital markets. In her impact and venture building work, Christine focuses on the edtech, gender lens and financial inclusion sectors. Passionate about investing, transformational education, and the gender lens space, Christine co-founded a non-profit organisation focused on closing the gender investing gap called Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ ( Christine leads the Hong Kong chapter of AngelVest, a regional angel investing group. With Sophia, she is energised and inspired to share her investing knowledge to a generation of female investors with the goal of bringing diversity and greater innovation to the startup ecosystem. Christine holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Nicole Denholder

Sophia Co-Founder

Nicole transitioned her 15-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers from working on US IPO and global Consulting projects into building businesses focused on getting women funded faster. Nicole founded Next Chapter Ventures and has worked with hundreds of female founders and investor changemakers to understand and address the issues facing female entrepreneurs who are looking to fund and scale their businesses. Nicole was previously on the Board of the Women Entrepreneurs Network in Hong Kong and a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Network’s Executive Committee and brings her passion for changing the investment ecosystem to the Sophia community. Nicole holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from Queensland University of Technology and recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship for International Studies at IKIP University, Indonesia.

Tanya Rolfe

Sophia Co-Founder

Tanya’s 15-year legal career at some of the world’s largest law firms has honed her ability to influence and collaborate with people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, and to structure and manage complex projects. Tanya spent 7 years in Real Estate legal teams before moving into legal team management. Tanya spent 8 years in Corporate M&A at both Simmons & Simmons and Norton Rose Fulbright in London. Eager to enter the world of venture, Tanya founded the Ladies Investment Club in Singapore shortly after moving from the UK in 2017. Tanya grew a team of 40 female investors which enabled female investors to build their investment portfolio and credentials, while providing hard to access funding to female founders. She has a track record of building investor teams to provide the combination of skills required to support founders.

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Still Have Questions?

  • Is angel investing right for me?

    Angel investing is an exciting way to learn about innovation with a front row seat and increase the numbers of female investors in the world! However, angel investing does not come without its risks as a highly risky asset class. We teach you some ways to mitigate those risks but you will need to be comfortable that those risks are those you believe match your own risk tolerance.

  • Is there homework involved?

    The course is fully comprehensive and there is little extra work as mandatory elements to the curriculum. However, when learning something new, it is always advisable to immerse yourself in extra reading or listening materials to further cement your learnings.

  • How many hours a week should I set aside to study?

    We know how busy you are and we have designed this course with busyness in mind. You can therefore pick up and put down the course as you need - bite-size learning really fits in with busy schedules. Our course contains two hours of content and we would recommend that you aim to complete the course within two weeks from starting. We believe that you will get the best out of the course by doing it in no more than a two week period and furthermore, this will help with motivation to continue on your journey.

  • How can I connect with other women who are learning this course?

    Great question! Sophia knows community and camaraderie are just as important as education so we have created the Sophia Membership Programme. Sign Up now to join a wonderful community of women on the same journey as you and we will do the rest for you!

  • Do you have more resources I can access outside of this course?

    You bet we do! Our advice is to sign up to the Sophia community for the full suite of resources and in addition, follow our Instagram - @thesophiawomen and also our LinkedIn page:

  • Can I get the course fee reimbursed by my company?

    We hope so! Some companies are providing credits to their employees for educational courses as part of their employee benefits offering. You may therefore be able to use this credit for Sophia - please check with your HR teams.

  • Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

    You will receive a certificate of completion! We want to document your progress as you move through our courses.

  • Can I purchase a course without the membership?

    Your 1 year membership comes FREE with your course purchase! it's a community just for women like you to help you on your learning journey.

  • Do I have to be a woman to buy your course?

    Anyone can buy our course! However, our Membership is for women (or those who identify as a woman) only. We are creating a safe space for women to support one another in their investing journey!

  • If I have more questions how can I contact you?

    Please do! We're available to answer all your questions at: [email protected]

Upcoming courses

Our courses are suitable for both novice investors and those who have already begun their investment journey.

The New Investor Essentials Course In-Person

The New Investor Essentials Course will be available in 2022 as an in-person course.

Locations: Hong Kong and Singapore

The Advanced Investor Essentials Course - Digital

If you'd like to power up your learning with a deep dive then this course is for you. Sign up now to register your interest and be notified when it is available for purchase.