What is Venture Capital?

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A presentation that I gave in my home town to a social media conference called TweetStock in November 2011

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What is Venture Capital?

  1. 1. Venture Capital 101 – From a Brantford Perspective Scott Pelton, GrowthWorks Capital November 2011 Tweetstock 6
  2. 2. Who is Scott Pelton?• Old-school geek (1980’s)• BCI (1990) and Mac Computer Engineering/Management graduate (1995)• Computer Programmer and Consultant (1990’s) Tweetstock 6
  3. 3. Who is Scott?Venture Capitalist since July 2000 Tweetstock 6
  4. 4. What does a VC do? Tweetstock 6
  5. 5. What does a VC do? Tweetstock 6
  6. 6. What does a VC do? Tweetstock 6
  7. 7. What does a VC really do?• Be a proud shareholder• Best practices, new ideas, introductions, strategy, …• Invest $$$• Grow the management team “Rinse and Repeat” Tweetstock 6
  8. 8. What does a VC look for? Tweetstock 6
  9. 9. Great Team Tweetstock 6
  10. 10. Great Idea Tweetstock 6
  11. 11. Good Timing Tweetstock 6
  12. 12. Risk• VC’s know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. We are in the business of taking risks to earn our high returns.• 30%+ internal cost of capital. Tweetstock 6
  13. 13. Alignment / Fit Tweetstock 6
  14. 14. gShift Labs Tweetstock 6
  15. 15. VC Kryptonite• No NDAs• Full disclosure• Have a business plan ready• Know your numbers• Be ready to get married and find a partner. Tweetstock 6
  16. 16. Innovation Factory – Helpful folkstammy.hwang@innovationfactory.ca Tel: 905-667-2607 Tweetstock 6
  17. 17. GrowthWorks Capital• Early stage investors in life sciences and information technology companies.• 60+ years of experience on investment team• We’ve been at it since 1992• Offices across Canada Tweetstock 6
  18. 18. Getting in TouchTwitter: @spelton Google Voice: 716-584-1485 Tweetstock 6

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