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Is my venture "fundable"?

Addressing some common questions asked by new entrepreneurs:
1) How are startups evaluated?
2) Several companies with customer traction, markets, scale are not funded – why?
3) What can make a venture more fundable?

Addressing some common questions asked by new entrepreneurs:
1) How are startups evaluated?
2) Several companies with customer traction, markets, scale are not funded – why?
3) What can make a venture more fundable?

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  1. 1. What does it take to be a fundable venture? PVC partners Presentation by Devangshu Dutta at Amity University 9 August 2008
  2. 2. Questions put to us    PVC partners Several companies with customer traction, markets, scale are not funded – why? How are startups evaluated? What can make a venture more fundable?
  3. 3. “How do we evaluate start-ups?” PVC’s Evaluation Filters      PVC partners Team: passion, integrity, trust Existing business (not plan or idea) Geographical proximity (Delhi-NCR) Funding needs Return expected by investors
  4. 4. Good = Fundable PVC partners
  5. 5. EXIT SALE BUYER + SALEABILITY PVC partners SCALE
  6. 6. Good = Fundable  Biggest Enabler of Saleability: SCALE       Motivation differences between entrepreneurs and investors, for example…   PVC partners Scalability - team (not individuals), processes and structures Strong Candidate for “buy” against “build to compete” Continuing significant growth prospects at liquidity event Ability to absorb significant money (due to the nature of the VC business model) Attractive returns on initial investment Entrepreneur: Idea to reality, gainful employment, money…etc.  LIFESTYLE Investor: money (return),…etc.  EXIT
  7. 7. Pre-Funding Self-Assessment  Can your venture actually be funded by a VC or institutional investor?     Are you willing to part with significant chunk of the equity, maybe many times?  PVC partners Reality-check on scale (3-7 years) Capability to absorb and apply funding Exit capability “Real” valuation – discounted from publicly quoted companies
  8. 8. However…   PVC partners Non-VC investors may have different motivations Find one that is right for you
  9. 9. capital vision passion PVC partners CREATING ENTREPRENEURIAL IMPACT ON SOCIETY w: http://pvcpartners.in

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