Strategy for venture investments by individuals and organizations
The startup sector has been booming for years. Alongside traditional medium-sized businesses, resourceful entrepreneurs are establishing themselves as the source of growth for today and tomorrow. Current technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and deep tech are constantly offering new, exciting business models. More and more corporates and family offices are discovering startups and venture capital as a source of innovation, return and inspiration. In addition to the pure financial investment, the benefit often consists of a technology transfer or the establishment of a new business unit. Collaborating with and acquiring startups can also serve to retain talent. Our offer is primarily aimed at players, also from small and medium-sized enterprises, who have had little contact to date. In many cases, we see a need for orientation. Which way should I go? What strategy should I follow? How do I get access? How do I avoid typical, expensive, rookie mistakes?
Our offer is modular and flexible, with individual, freely combinable service components. We aim to tailor an individual solution to each mandate. We bring our background from a company that was family owned for 125 years. Personally, I have gained 13 years of experience in the investment business with over 30 direct investments and several investments in VC funds since ASTUTIA was founded in 2006. Here we have realized numerous exits and also experienced many things that went wrong, which was just as instructive. We have a great deal flow and a good overview of VC funds in Europe. We can pass on this first-hand experience at the consulting level. We maintain a team of qualified, highly motivated professionals, which we can increase as needed.
We will usually start with a workshop to map out the perspectives. It will be necessary to clarify: What are the goals — how far do you want to go? Do you want to invest directly, prefer to diversify via funds or are you just looking for cooperation with innovative companies?
We can assist with deal sourcing or due diligence. Further cooperation can lead to the establishment of a managed account or a corporate fund, the management of which we offer. We support and accelerate the learning process and help to outsource administrative activities in a favorable way. For families interested in deals above all, we are currently working on a family trust in which we want to bundle a handful of different parties into one pot from which investments can be made.
FYB 2020 Glossary:
Single Family Offices (SFO)
AUM — Assets under Management