Lecture by Frank Maene, Managing Partner of Volta Ventures, on Investment Strategies (26/4/23)

# **Investing in Startups: A Comprehensive Guide**

Are you considering investing in startups but don’t know where to start? In this video, we share our insights and experience gained from investing in over 20 startups.

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### **Why Invest in Startups?**

Investing in early-stage startups can be a lucrative opportunity for investors looking to diversify their portfolio. While it may be risky, the potential for high returns on investment can make it worth it.

### **Assessing Startup Potential**

When assessing a startup’s potential, we look for the following:

– A strong team
– A promising product or service
– A viable business model
– A large market opportunity
– Competitive differentiation

### **Investment Structure**

Our investments typically involve investing capital in exchange for equity in the business. We recommend investing in a diverse range of startups to mitigate risks.

### **Challenges of Startup Investing**

Startup investing has its challenges, including the risk of losing your entire investment and the need to be patient with returns. Additionally, it can be difficult to assess a startup’s potential, given the early-stage nature of the business.

### **Investment Process**

Our investment process includes the following steps:

1. Lead generation
2. Initial meeting
3. Due diligence
4. Term sheet negotiation
5. Investment closing
6. Post-investment management
7. Follow-on investment
8. Exit

### **Knowing the Risks**

It’s important to know the risks associated with startup investing and to only invest what you can afford to lose.

For more comprehensive information on investing in startups, watch the full video.

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