What is an Venture Investor?
Venture investors are wealthy individuals who invest in high risk, early stage ventures by reserving a portion of their total investment portfolios to provide emerging companies with seed and startup capital through direct, private investments. Their goal is to achieve higher returns than the typical public markets provide. Most ventures are active investors – who contribute their time and experience, as well as offer introductions to valuable contacts essential to the companys success – because they enjoy the thrill of helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
To maximize the value added, most ventures specialize in industries or technologies they understand, and invest only in companies within close geographic proximity.
What is an Seed & Early stage Venture fund?
Seed – The first stage of venture capital financing. Seed-stage financings are often comparatively modest amounts of capital provided to inventors or entrepreneurs to finance the early development of a new product or service. These early financings may be directed toward product development, market research, building a management team and developing a business plan.
Early Stage – For companies that are able to begin operations but are not yet at the stage of commercial manufacturing and sales, early stage financing supports a step-up in capabilities. At this point, new business can consume vast amounts of cash, while VC firms with a large number of early-stage companies in their portfolios can see costs quickly escalate.
What do you look for in companies?
We invest in companies that offer exceptional opportunities for high returns on investment. This usually implies companies with the potential to achieve high growth, strong market position, and sustainable advantages.
We generally invest in companies that we believe have the potential to grow to more than $50 million in annual revenue within five years.
This should be in either a developing market or in an existing market with national scope.