Society3 Ventures is not your fathers VC firm. We do not believe in the "spray and pray" investment strategy just hoping it will work out. Instead, we proactively work with our portfolio companies trying very hard to bring the business all the way to the very top.
TECH FOCUS: We are looking for tech and tech related companies with society relevant solutions. That includes innovation in AI, Automobile Tech, Blockchain, FinTech, Market places, Supply Chain Management, Energy, ICT, Security Technology and related innovations.
TOP TEAMS: We belive stellar teams can turn a weak product into a stellar solution and to great success. A weak team won't get anywhere with even the best product in the world. We invest in people, not in products. Vision, open mindedness, obsession (not just passion) is what we expect.
DEFINING SUCCESS: A trade sales after a few years, we considered an unsuccessful exit. An IPO or large ICO is what we are considering success. We want to help build real companies that successfully compete in global markets.
READY TO ROCK BUSINESS: We are investing primarily in scaleup companies, between 12 month and 5 years old. We expect you to have an MVP, generated some initial sales, and are now ready to scale up. We do Seed, A and follow on rounds.
OUR FOCUS: Don't get us wrong, running a family business is really a great achievement. Having a successful local mid market company is what drives our economy. But this is just not our focus. We decided to focus on what is considered really difficult: Building global businesses anywhere outside Silicon Valley.
WHY SO STRICT?
In EMEA and APAC entrepreneurs wildly vary in skills and experience, they have very different ideas about capitalization, long term visions, exit plans and so forth. As a result, investors in EMEA and APAC on average did not get a positive return from startup investments in the past 20 years. For us, investing only in Accelerator Graduates, is the only chance to get to know the teams we are investing in, while working together. It's also the only way to ensure that the company is in alignment with our investment strategy.
The following qualities are minimum requirements to explore an investment:
* 2-4 founders with 20% equity each at a minimum
* Diversified team of technology, business and marketing talents
* All founders work full time - no other side jobs
* Determined to try everything human possible to go for an IPO
* Having a long term vision
* Developed a disruptive business model
* Well rounded market validation from at least 25 customers
* Robust go-to-market strategy and execution plan
* Notable traction and on their way to show 1% growth per day
* Single territory focus: the globe
* Capitalization strategy where owner own still at least 50% of the company at IPO
The accelerator program is helping teams to get to the above level - if they like the concept.
We exclusively invest in companies who successfully completed our Accelerator Program.
WHAT THE ACCELERATOR DOES
Basically the whole accelerator program is geared to get the teams to fulfill our investment requirements.
We are more than happy to spend considerable time to make teams investment ready. And then we will invest ourselves.
Working with you in a very close engagement - sometimes on a day to base is the best due diligence we can think of - for both: you and us. Unlike the conventional "Song & Dance Show" we want to make sure we really get to know each other.
While we demand the lead investor position, we will always co-invest with other investors. It is our ultimate goal to support any size round. In order to do so, we venture out across the globe to get the capital our portfolio companies need for their growth.
If a team needs a billion Euro to successfully go global, we will work with all available VCs to pull off any size round.
We value fast traction more than highly sophisticated inventions. We value amazing teams, fast growth, brilliant communication, a diverse and very complementary founders team, zero budget marketing and lean operations. If the key attributes are there, we value your business based on past 9 month and 12 month and forward looking revenue. Our valuation model is very transparent: We consider 6x to 15x forward looking revenue.
Obviously we conduct a legal, business and technology due diligence as part of our fiduciary responsibility to our investors and co-investors in any deal. But the most important part of our due diligence is the eight week accelerator.
Getting in touch
Help us getting to know you and using quality time to explore some opportunities.
Just send us your current deck, a one pager, your cap table, linkedIn profiles of all founders, link to your website and all social online presences. We will get back to you quickly.
Feel free to call us any time: +41 (41) 511-2660, or get intouch online.