HOME! STARTUPS! PEOPLE!Models and approach to building the new sustainable ﬁnance sector"!Jouko Ahvenainen CAPITAL CREATION AND CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE Los Angeles, March 13, 2012!
Grow VC!§ Is not a venture capital company, but connects all parties in the global ecosystem, including venture capital companies!§ Global community & marketplace – “built to scale”! – Be global, act local! – Global #1 platform for startup equity funding!§ Grow VC platform is open for 3rd parties to set up several market places, and other startup and investor communities!2 www.growvc.com
Grow VC has created an effective and transparent online investing marketplace for global startup ecosystem. – ”The Virtual Silicon Valley”!3
The industrial age is over! Destroyed by News Corp
Where are we today?!§ Still in ﬁnance crisis where people have lost their trust to ﬁnancial institutions!§ The stock market hasn’t offered really stable growth for 10 years!§ Many people losing their jobs, and other are frustrated to sit in meetings and make PowerPoint slides!§ Top percent is becoming richer, middle-class is struggling!§ Asia is taking over the global leadership in business and ﬁnance!6 3/8/12 www.growvc.com
HOME! STARTUPS! PEOPLE! “You don’t have to be Steve Jobs, to be an entrepreneur”
Economy needs growth and people need passion!§ Our economy needs a boost! 1. Corporates don’t create enough new jobs! 2. New technology and business innovations drive growth! 3. Increasing global competition!§ People need passion and meaningful work! 1. Many people are frustrated to their daily work! 2. Ordinary people could invest in startups their money and work (‘sweat equity’) and also participate in something meaningful! 3. There is no one single model to work and invest anymore, people and companies in different networks need models to work, raise capital and invest!
Vision!The next Silicon Valley is not a one location, it is a global online platform and community of all locations !
Mission!To have a market place and ecosystem to make company funding more effective, transparent, and democratic ! !
WE HAVE A DREAM:more equal opportunities, where entrepreneurs and investors unite to accelerate innovation
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HOME! STARTUPS! PEOPLE! ”You don’t have to be Bill Gates to be an investor”
We have a problem!1. The Funding market is inefﬁcient! - VC’s invest mainly in later phase companies! - Business angel funding is often based only on personal or local networks! - No liquid secondary market, and not enough IPO’s!2. One model doesn’t ﬁt all! - Startups have very different risk and growth proﬁles, many of them are not traditional VC cases!3. Investing is not only about money! - Companies need investors that can help with business around the world! - Early phase companies also need core team members! - For VC’s it is too expensive to allocate people for seed level companies!16 www.growvc.com
Friends and families invest more more than VC’s and angels!1. Market efﬁciency! – VC market includes $540 Million in transaction fees (~3 %)! – Business Angels have limited investment deal ﬂow! – Households savings on the rise à where to place money?! • US household savings almost $8,000 Billion p.a. (Feb 2011, Bureau of Economic Analysis) ! !2. Modern solutions bring efﬁciency! – Kiva.org transactions over $200 Million in 5 years!3. Market place! – Large deal ﬂow! – Crowdsourcing for work and low transaction costs! – Efﬁcient due diligence (standard term sheets, including partners in process)! – Efﬁciency enables agile funding !
More democractic investment market!§ Open startup investment opportunity for more people!§ Ordinary people or wealthy ordinary people (depending on local regulation) can make direct or micro investments!§ Work investments (Sweat Equity)!§ For example, in the US there are over 6 Million accredited investors, but only ! - 500k to 700k of them have invested in startups (as an angel or friends&family)! - 100k to 300k are active business angels! - A few hundred angels in Silicon Valley!§ It is not only about ROI, but to support new ideas, technologies, change and economy!19 www.growvc.com
HOME! STARTUPS! PEOPLE!”Everyone must start somewhere”