Funding Questions

A collection of questions commonly asked by potential investors to startup founders.

How many can you answer?

Company and Product

  • What problem is your startup solving?
  • What is your unique value proposition?
  • Who is your target market?
  • What is your product or service?
  • What stage are you at in your development?

Market and Traction

  • What is your market size?
  • What is your competitive landscape?
  • What are your key metrics for success?
  • What is your current traction?
  • How are you acquiring customers?


  • Have you raised any money?
  • What is your burn rate?
  • What is your fundraising strategy?
  • What are your milestones for raising capital?
  • What are your thoughts on equity versus debt financing?

Team and Culture

  • Who is on your team?
  • What are your team’s core values?
  • How do you make decisions?
  • What is your company culture like?
  • How do you attract and retain top talent?

Challenges and Successes

  • What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced so far?
  • What are your proudest accomplishments?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What advice would you give to aspiring startup founders?
Paddy Tan Asked question December 1, 2023