Is it ok to mention you flunked your final university year on an investment proposal?


I'm new to all this, but I've begun looking into ways to seek investment for my startup idea. I've got enough experience I believe and skills to see my idea through development but I'm not sure if I should mention on my investment proposal that I flunked my final year of university.

On the one hand it's honest to mention it, do investors appreciate honesty? But on the other hand it may send alarm bells ringing. Personally I know it won't affect my ability to get the job done as my skills are mostly self taught.

If I don't mention it it's difficult to explain where I was for a quite recent three year period in my life.

Would greatly appreciate a bit of advice.

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asked Dec 11 '13 at 09:19
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Is it something they need to know? Does having flunked your final year affect your ability to continue growing and scaling your business?

If not, I wouldn't mention it. Just be prepared to have a clear narrative about what you went to school for, why you didn't complete it, and how you've grown from there.

answered Jan 28 '14 at 17:17
Jay Neely
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Agree with Jay Neely's answer. Investors would look at your past or potential business success in the real world. They're going to ask for a pitch deck, not a report card.

answered Jan 28 '14 at 17:28
Nishank Khanna
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