We've been there, done that, and know what investors want. We strive to get you to a win-win deal quickly so you can get back to growing your business.

We review your preparation for investment, give honest feedback, and prepare the funding docs to enhance your readiness and negotiations.

If your start-up is ready for funding, contact us. We will prepare you for the funding process before you step in front of investors.




Our professional staff includes successful entrepreneurs familiar with growing start-up businesses and negotiating funding.  We have expertise in all aspects of the start-up process, including due diligence, funding documents, the negotiating process, and more.

The "step up" process:

  • Coaching and Honest Feedback
  • Review of Funding Needs
  • Preparation for Investment Meetings
  • Preparation for Due-Diligence
  • Corporate "Check-Up" and "Clean-Up"
  • Funding Document Customization
  • Introductions to Attorneys

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Step Up Funding accelerates the investment process so you can focus on growing your business

"Alisa Yaffa's help with creating the note funding documents helped me close my angel round faster because it contained win-win terms and reduced the need for drawn-out negotiations.  It also dramatically reduced costly attorney iterations.", Gary Meyers, CEO of FusionOps.


"I worked with Alisa when she was Chair of the Board of Synplicity, Inc. She co-founded the company and developed it into a multi-million dollar enterprise in the advanced semiconductor design software space, ultimately taking it public and later selling to a larger public company for $227M. She has a proven talent to help a developing stage company find its way, to grow to a larger company, to coach management and the board to success, and to find and address key issues. Based on my 30+ years advising companies from the legal standpoint in Silicon Valley, I would refer Alisa to any of my developing stage companies for her sage business and coaching advice.", Michael Halloran, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.