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First Edition: Full of BONUSES

Eric G.

There is no other place online like StartupWire!

The education & founder interviews Chris Graebe does are amazing!

Jonathan H.

I love watching StartupWire interviews with founders, especially those in whose companies you are the lead crowdfunding investor. 

Keep up the good work!

Meet Your Instructor


Hi, I'm Chris Graebe - author, serial entrepreneur, startup investing expert, and cofounder of StartupWire Academy.

Chris Graebe

I always believed I was destined to make an impact in the world.

Whether it was through Reality TV, Business Building, or Something else - I didn’t know what it would be, but I knew I wanted my life to have meaning and purpose.

I did the best I could to “follow” the right path...

I went to school, generally stayed out of trouble, got okay grades, and made it to college by the skin of my teeth (literally- IU told me NO, but I somehow talked my way into a YES).

My college experience didn’t last long- I made it for about 2.5 years & it was clear I wasn’t ready.  Honestly- I was ready to leave the Midwest and set out on an adventure, so I did.  I quit school- moved to the San Jose area in California.  I had “dreams” of doing something big out there- but all I ended up doing was working for a medical records scanning company across the street from Stanford.

I was now a college drop out, no clear plan for my future and lost. 


I ended up landing in Nashville, TN, where I met my wife.  Shortly after I got cast on an MTV Reality Show called: Road Rules.  Not gonna lie- that was a blast. But it truly was 15 seconds of fame.  Then it all faded.  Going back to the “changing the world” thing that was in me, I had hoped that MTV was the peak in my life and it was all downhill from there.

Shortly after I got married to my wife Jenni and we jumped on the kid train pretty quickly.  It was kind of amazing how fast I went from- MTV > I’m gonna change the world to > Adulting.  


Bills, Responsibilities & More Stress than I had ever felt before in my life. All while drifting further from the vision or dream of “making an impact on the world”.


Evenings and weekends with family, friends and Netflix were fun, but Mondays came around. It's safe to say I wasn’t jumping out of bed clicking my heels together. 

All in all- I was extremely thankful for my wife and kids!  But I honestly couldn’t shake the idea that there was more when it came to my career, investing & wealth creation for my family. 

I wanted to life that when I woke up every morning, I was excited about the possibilities of what was around the corner.


Around 2013, I began to hear about people changing their life through Entrepreneurship 

So I set out to change my future!  And start making the change I had always desired. 

I launched a physical products business on Amazon in 2015.. And it exploded!  Literally within the first few months we had generated over $250k in revenue.  This was all why I still had my full time job. 

I was tasting success for the first time in my life when it came generating generational wealth.  I knew that I could only do so much on my own & I had to connect with others who were a few steps ahead of me and learn. 

Because- I had now checked the “Entrepreneur Box”, now it was time to check the Angel Investor box and start placing bets that had the potential to be exponential. 

I left my 9-5 & connected with some seasoned Angel Investors who had made millions on a number of deals through the years.  So just like anything I do... I went to work and started to learn. 


Often I felt like an imposter! I didn’t come from money- a wealthy family or even known any Entrepreneurs/Angel Investors in my small Indiana Town!  

Does this happen to anyone else?  You taste a small bit of success and you don’t know what to do? 


You are afraid it’s all gonna slip through your fingers or you’ll be “found out” as someone who doesn’t belong in the club?  


Whelp that was 100% me!  I realized that was crippling me from stepping into the life and future that I wanted.  


If you can relate to what I’m saying I want you to know that, it’s not your fault!

We’ve been fed all sorts of things since we were young to make sure we - stay in line, follow the status quo and except that is how it is!  But for me, I decided to turn those voices off and craft a different future! 


After a few years of learning the ropes of Angel Investing- also, I forgot to mention that I built and sold a company.  Which gave the taste of what a successful exit felt like… And… IT FELT GREAT!  

It wasn’t a generational wealth sort of exit, but it showed me the power of how betting on early stage startups had huge potential.  


Now- this was my startup, but I began to wrap my head around the idea of investing in multiple founders, across multiple industries & how that could potentially bring the life changing returns and wealth creation I had dreamt of for so long!  


Fast forward to today!  I have gone all in on the world of Equity Crowdfunding- and believe that it’s one of the great tools for wealth creation.  

I still believe in all the traditional options & those have their place.  But, from where I am standing, the conversations I’m having- the opportunity is wide open for everyday ‘Chris’ from small one stoplight towns in Indiana to change their future through Early Stage Investing! 


Angel Investing as it’s sold “out there” is a myth.

Here’s the general premise:

Step 1: Easily go find a deal on an investing portal. 

Step 2: Pick a ‘winning deal’ out of the 600-1,000 deals listed. 

Step 3: Invest $100

Step 4: Wait just a few months...

Step 5: They Startup gets acquired. 

Step 6: BAM… Your $100 investment turns into $5M!!!

Step 7: You ride off into the sunset and never have another care in the world! 

What nonsense!

Trying to find a winning deal among the noise is extremely hard!

$100 bucks is a great starting point, but one investment of $100 isn’t going to bring you millions?

90% of startups fail in the first year… if they do survive and perhaps see an exit down the line - the average time frame for exits is around 7 years! 


Not a few months. 

There will be plenty of ups and downs and unpredictable things that happen to the startup you chose along the way- more than likely, they don’t make it out alive!


Look friend, Early Stage Investing isn’t a magic trick. It’s a craft you have to develop. It takes work!

But it takes strategic work - and when done properly, you will gain the confidence to step into your investments with confidence.


“Is Early Startup Investing, Possible?”


I’m glad you asked. 


To tie a bow on my story- once I dug my heels in to learn from a number of mentors in the space and jump into many exciting startups as a Lead Investor (7 to be exact). 


I believe now more than ever that this is an amazing vehicle for wealth creation! 

But it started with me, making a decision to step into the space & become an expert!  

Now the beauty for you is that, I’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to learning the space, understanding the regulations, what to avoid and everything in between.


I’ve evaluated 1,000+ Angel Investing Deals & Speak with over 100 Founders every single month and that number is growing rapidly. 


My hedge fund friends who once wrote off - Equity Crowdfunding are now starting to take notice!  

So... with that said, YES- it is POSSIBLE! 


But it starts with a decision- with you deciding what you want your future to look like and if you truly believe you can actually be an Angel Investor.  

And I’m here to tell you...you have what it takes!

And the Good News?

You don’t have to be a Pro on Day 1!

It first starts with believing it’s possible, learning some tips/tricks that seasoned investors know, surrounding yourself with others who are chasing after the same vision that you are and taking one step at a time.

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Hearing things like this was our goal- so we set out to create something that would bring this all to life!  



The 5X Formula Will Help You:


Evaluate Startups With Confidence

Learn how Chris approaches investing and minimizes uncertainty.

Learn How to Find Startups with the Most Potential 

Learn what to look for, where the most exciting companies are located, and how valuations are factored.

Deal Evaluation Calculator

We have created a tool for you to analyze startups and determine if they are worth more due diligence.

Invest with Confidence

Learn how to navigate the wild world of equity crowdfunding.


The 5X Formula is an online course that gives you the tools and resources to become the investor you have always wanted to be

Over the course of 12 action packed and easy to follow modules I’ll lay out for you my exact method for investing in early stage startups and how I evaluate deals.


The 5X Formula Has 4 Main Focuses:


✅1. Deal Evaluation: How to find the potential winners!

✅2. Crafting an Investing Strategy: Step into each deal with Confidence!

✅3. Share the Deals I’m Watching: An over the shoulder look into my investing process!

✅4.Access to Founders: Exclusive interviews with the startups that are making waves in equity crowdfunding! 

With those 4 components in place, you will be on your way to becoming a more confident, dangerous, and informed investor. 

If you put in the work you will be on your way...

Here is a sneak peek at what you'll get when you become a member:

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The 5X Formula Also Includes:

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The 5X Formula will feature Chris Graebe's Deals Watch List.

Every month- the 5X Members will get the inside scoop on which Equity Crowdfunding deals I’m looking at & why I like them!

Bonus: I’m also going to share which deals I’m investing in!

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Included in the course materials is the 5X Formula Worksheet and Calculator. For the first time ever learn the 10 things that I look at when evaluating deals.

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On top of all of that, to give you the most information and education possible, I will be including monthly private live Q&As with founders on each month's watch list.


SPECIAL OFFER for current StartupWire  members only. 


As a bonus, we will providing you with lifetime access to these materials. 

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The 5X Formula is for you if...

  • You see the potential of Early Stage Investing and are looking for tools to take your investing to the next level

  • You like to be apart of a growing community of investors looking to learn

  • You are ready to step into deals with confidence and not second guess your investments

  • You are willing to put in the work to learn and take risks, remember nothing is guaranteed in early stage investing.

The 5X Formula is NOT for you if...

  • You hope to turn a $100 investment into $100M, this is not a get rich quick scheme...

  • You want someone to spoon feed you deals. I'm interested in teaching you how to evaluate deals, not spoon feeding.

  • You are afraid of risk or want to play safe.

The 5X Formula isn’t based on fads

Instead it is based on the core philosophy of generosity and helping retail investors all over the world. Of giving people massive value, teaching new skills, becoming a more confident investor, and sharing knowledge.

It’s paired with powerful, easy to use tools, and hours of educational content.

Now hopefully you’re starting to see how valuable this program is!

From no strategy to strategy. From reckless to confident. From clueless to savvy. The 5X Formula is the course retail investors have been asking for.

And because this information is so powerful, I’m able to charge over $5,000 to teach it to new investors in one-on-one coaching session.


Because with this knowledge they are then able to go turn it into stronger investment decisions.

But when I decided to package my system into a course that anyone could follow, at their own pace, I wanted to make it as accessible as possible.


And that’s why you can get instant access to the entire 5X Formula Course for just one payment of $297.


Click the button to get started today!









Don't forget: it's completely risk free.

I’ve packed a lot into the 5X Formula because not only do I want you to become a more educated retail investor, but I want you to have all the tools necessary to invest in future deals.

And to make it a no-brainer deal for you I’m giving you a 30 day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase of 5X Formula today.

That’s right: Go through the course, check out the bonuses, follow the steps, put in the work, and if you don’t love it in the first 30 days of your purchase, send me an email and I’ll refund you immediately. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

If 5X Formula doesn’t work for you, I’d much prefer for you to take your money and invest it where you will be happier and get results. I just want you to unlock your income earning potential!


So here's what you're getting with the

5X Formula Course

  • 12 Video Lessons and Audio Files with hours of in depth training ($2000 value)

  • Lesson Companion Workbook ($250 value)

  • Transcripts of All Modules ($250 value)

  • Investing in Startups- E-book & Audio Book ($99 value)

  • BONUS: Deal Evaluations on the 3 Major Portals ($999 value)

  • BONUS: Access to 5X Monthly Watchlist ($999 value)

  • BONUS: Live Exclusive Calls with Watchlist Founders ($999 value)

Total value for all this amazing training = $5,595


But you get access to all of this for only one payment of $297.

Click the button to get started today!

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When you login to the site, you’ll be able to access the 5X Formula Course and begin watching video trainings immediately.

I will also send you an email with more info from StartupWire. Check your spam! Sometimes it gets stuck in there.

You can take the course on any device you like: computer, tablet of phone. As long as you have internet access, you have the course!

Remember, when you join you get lifetime access to this material - even if I update and add to it in the future.

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There are 2 types of investors...

Some investors make decisions haphazardly and watch investment after investment end without any fanfare.

Others take action, take risks, and invest in companies that have potential.

Which is more appealing to you?

Right now many of us feel confused and don't know how to decipher the changing economy. 

We don’t have the knowledge or the tools to evaluate deals accurately and actually influence the economy in a positive way. 

If you make stronger investment decisions, your potential for returns sky rockets. 

Imagine a year from today...

Imagine a year from today when you are looking at a well rounded investment portfolio with potential exits on the horizon!

Imagine watching your portfolio grow-- and investing in companies with true potential.

That’s the power of becoming a better investor and deal evaluator. This is exactly what I teach inside of the 5X Formula!

You can do this - I’m proof that it’s possible and I’m here to coach you every step of the way!

Join the 5X Formula today and let’s get better together.

Your 5X Formula Coach,

Chris Graebe


The choice is yours...

Click the button to get started today!






P.S. Don’t forget that when you join the 5X Formula you are joining risk-free. You have an entire 30 days to watch the course, implement the strategies in your own portfolio, and take action on all that you learned and THEN decide if it’s right for you.

P.P.S. Trust me when I say, once you’ve had a taste of this strategy you’ll never want to go back!

I know what it’s like to be scared to try something new - something that might fail. But investing in early stage startups is all about risk!

The beauty of the 5X Formula is that you can get my complete system, learned from years of experience, and skip all of the pain and mistakes that I made - and learn how I look at early stage investing.

I'm taking most of the hard work out of it for you. You just need to show up and complete the course.

Do your future self a favor and be brave. Invest in yourself, get some strategic insights and start making better investment decisions.

Your portfolio will never be the same!

See you on the inside...

Chris Graebe

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