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Venture Capital

Venture capital  financing is one of the important parts of IFC  business.

We're working with leading companies of all sizes as well as with financial institutions and governmental agencies across the world, providing deep insight and ressources to help our clients succeed. 

IFC Venture Capital

provides capital, know-how, management support and a large network of industry experts to selected new technology enterprises and innovative entrepreneurs in the life science and in the high technology sector of industry.

Venture capital (VC) is a form of financing provided by specialized investors, known as venture capitalists, to startups and early-stage companies that show potential for high growth and returns. Venture capital firms typically invest in businesses in exchange for equity ownership or convertible debt, with the expectation that these companies will generate substantial returns through an exit event such as an initial public offering (IPO) or acquisition. 

  • Venture capital can promote champions by providing start-ups with the necessary funding, expertise, and networks to grow and succeed. Start-ups often have innovative ideas but lack the resources to bring them to market. Venture capital firms invest in these start-ups in exchange for equity, which allows them to access the funding they need to develop their products or services.


  • In addition to funding, venture capital firms also provide start-ups with expertise and guidance. They often have experience in building successful companies and can help start-ups navigate the challenges of scaling their businesses. This can include advice on product development, marketing, sales, and hiring.


  • Finally, venture capital firms provide start-ups with access to networks of investors, customers, and partners. This can help start-ups expand their reach and find new opportunities for growth.


By providing these resources, venture capital firms can help start-ups digital champions - companies that are leaders in their industries and have a significant impact on the economy. Champions are often characterized by their ability to innovate quickly and disrupt traditional business models. USA and China countries have been successful in promoting innovation through venture capital investments, which has led to the emergence of companies such as Google, Facebook, Alibaba, and Tencent.

The process of venture capital can be broken down into several stages:

  1. Fundraising: Venture capital firms raise funds from institutional investors, such as pension funds, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals, to create a venture capital fund. This fund is then used to invest in promising startups and early-stage companies.
  2. Sourcing and deal flow: Venture capitalists actively search for potential investment opportunities through various channels, including business networks, referrals, industry events, and startup accelerators. The inflow of potential investment opportunities is referred to as deal flow.
  3. Screening and due diligence: Once a potential investment opportunity is identified, venture capitalists conduct a thorough evaluation of the company. This may involve assessing the founding team, market opportunity, competitive landscape, financials, and overall potential for growth and returns. This process is known as due diligence.
  4. Investment decision: If the due diligence process is positive, the venture capital firm decides whether to invest in the company. The investment terms, including valuation, equity stake, and other conditions, are negotiated between the venture capitalists and the company.
  5. Portfolio management: After investing, venture capitalists often provide strategic guidance, industry connections, and operational support to help the company grow. They may also have a seat on the company's board of directors, allowing them to influence key decisions.
  6. Exit strategy: Venture capital firms aim to exit their investments within a specific timeframe, typically 5 to 10 years. Exit strategies can include an IPO, acquisition, or secondary sale of shares. Successful exits generate returns for the venture capital firm and its limited partners.
  7. Distribution of returns: Once an exit event occurs, the venture capital firm distributes the returns to its limited partners, after deducting management fees and carried interest (typically around 20% of the profits). The remaining profits are then reinvested in new venture capital funds or distributed to the limited partners.




What do we do?

WE GET OUR CUSTOMERS READY 
FOR GROWTH CAPITAL

We help our customers to adapt to the prerogatives of the capital market, thus  greatly improving their chances of a successful raise of capital.

WE RAISE GROWTH 
CAPITAL FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

We help our clients to structure and navigate through the capital raise procedure, guiding them at all times if necessary, through our own fully licensed financial structure and others. We often invest our own money together with other investors into promising projects.

WE HELP OUR CLIENTS DEPLOY 

CAPITAL EFFICIENTLY, 
AND RAISE FURTHER ROUNDS 
WHEN NECESSARY

We are a firm that builds and cultivates long-term relationships with clients. Our clients profit from our continued engagement, optimising financial flow of capital, controlling mechanisms and vast industry expertise.

WE RAISE ALL TYPES OF CAPITAL

  • Debt (senior, subordinated, mezzanine, cash-flow based);
  • Equity (in partnership with licensed broker-dealers);
  • Asset based finance (factoring and other A/R credit lines, capital and operating leases, mortgages & other)
  • Trade finance (proof of funds, letters of credit, SBLCs or Bank Guarantees, purchase order and production financing, etc.

OUR SPECIAL STRENGTHS

  • Strong international experience; 
  • expertise in cross-border transactions;

What you should do

Attracting venture capitalists (VCs) can be critical for startups and early-stage companies seeking growth capital. To catch the attention of VCs and increase the likelihood of securing funding, companies should consider the following strategies:

  1. Develop a compelling value proposition: Clearly articulate your company's unique selling points and demonstrate how it addresses a significant market need or pain point. This should include a scalable business model, a large target market, and a strong competitive advantage.
  2. Assemble a strong team: Venture capitalists often invest in people as much as they invest in ideas. A talented and experienced management team with a track record of success, relevant industry expertise, and strong execution capabilities can significantly boost a company's appeal.
  3. Prepare a robust business plan: A well-crafted business plan demonstrates the viability of your company and serves as a roadmap for future growth. It should include a detailed market analysis, competitive landscape, financial projections, go-to-market strategy, and a clear plan for scaling the business.
  4. Show traction and progress: Demonstrating market traction, such as increasing customer base, revenue growth, or key partnerships, can provide evidence of your company's potential. This can help validate your business model and show that you are capable of executing your strategy.
  5. Build a strong network: Establish relationships with entrepreneurs, investors, and industry influencers who can provide introductions or referrals to venture capitalists. Participating in industry events, conferences, and startup accelerators can help expand your network and increase visibility.
  6. Polish your pitch: A persuasive and engaging pitch is essential for capturing the interest of venture capitalists. Focus on the most compelling aspects of your business, and be prepared to address potential concerns or objections. Practice your pitch to ensure it is concise, clear, and well-delivered.
  7. Demonstrate financial discipline: Venture capitalists want to see that you can manage resources effectively and make informed financial decisions. Maintain detailed financial records, set realistic budgets, and show that you are using existing funds efficiently.
  8. Focus on unit economics: Positive unit economics—meaning the revenue generated per customer is greater than the cost of acquiring and serving that customer—indicate a healthy and sustainable business model. VCs are more likely to invest in companies with strong unit economics, as it suggests potential for scalability and profitability.
  9. Showcase adaptability and resilience: The ability to adapt to changing market conditions and overcome challenges is crucial for startup success. Share examples of how your company has navigated difficult situations or pivoted its strategy to demonstrate your team's resilience and problem-solving capabilities.
  10. Align with VC investment criteria: Research venture capital firms to identify those that invest in your industry, stage of development, and geographic region. Tailor your pitch to align with their investment thesis and focus areas, and highlight aspects of your company that are most relevant to their interests.

Should you desire to present a project for our consideration, kindly forward the subsequent documents to us.

Analyzing and verifying an investment project requires a comprehensive approach that encompasses various aspects of the project, its feasibility, business plan, and the management team. Below is a detailed list requirements that should be sent to us to conduct a thorough analysis:


Project Overview

  1. Project Description: What is the core idea or product?
  2. Unique Value Proposition: How does the project differentiate from competitors?
  3. Market Analysis: What is the target market and size?
  4. Customer Analysis: Who are the potential customers?
  5. Technology Utilization: What technology will be used, and how?
  6. Project Lifecycle: What are the key stages of the project?


Business Plan

  1. Executive Summary: Does it clearly outline the project's value proposition?
  2. Detailed Project Report: In-depth description of the project, objectives, scope, and specifications.
  3. Goals and Objectives: Are they Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART)?
  4. Product or Service Blueprints: Detailed specifications and designs of the product or service.
  5. Technological Feasibility Reports: Analysis of the technological requirements, innovations, and constraints.
  6. Industry-Specific Documentation
    Depending on the industry, additional specific documents may be required, such as:
    1. Health and Safety Reports in manufacturing or construction industries.
    2. Clinical Trial Data for pharmaceutical or medical projects.
    3. Technology Validation Reports for tech-based projects.
  7. Technological Integration and Innovation: How will the latest technologies be integrated into the operations for enhanced customer experience and operational efficiency? What innovative approaches are being considered to keep the project relevant in an increasingly digital world?
  8. Market Research Reports: Studies illustrating market size, trends, customer demographics, and competitive analysis.
  9. Customer Testimonials or Pilot Study Reports: In case the product/service has been market-tested.
  10. Marketing Strategy: How does the project plan to attract and retain customers?
    What methodologies were used in the market analysis, and how do they account for fluctuations in trends? How does the business plan account for potential changes in the landscape, such as shifts in customer preferences or economic downturns?
  11. Competitive Landscape and Differentiation Strategy: Who are the direct and indirect competitors, and what strategies are in place to gain a competitive edge? How does your plan sustains your unique selling propositions in the face of evolving market dynamics?
  12. Operational Plan: What are the logistics and operational processes?
  13. Growth Strategy: How does the project plan to scale? What are the long-term growth objectives, and how does the plan cater to future expansion? Are there strategies in place to adapt and evolve with changing market demands and technological advancements?
  14. Financial Projections: Detailed breakdown of the financial projections, including revenue streams, operating costs, and break-even analysis?
  15. Financial Documents: Historical Financial Statements: If applicable, balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements from previous years. Pro Forma Financial Statements: Projected financial statements for the next 5-10 years. Capital Expenditure Plan: Detailed breakdown of the capital required and its allocation. Funding Structure Document: Detailed explanation of the funding sources (equity, debt, grants). Cost-Benefit Analysis: Comprehensive analysis highlighting the expected benefits relative to the costs. Sources of Funding: What are the specific sources of funding for this project, and what contingencies are in place should initial capital estimates fall short?


Management and Team Expertise

  1. Management Background: What is the professional background of the key team members? Detailed resumes and professional histories of key team members.
  2. Relevant Experience: Do they have experience in the industry and in managing similar projects? What are the credentials and past achievements of the core management team in managing your projects? How has the team's previous experience prepared them for the unique challenges of this venture?
  3. Leadership Skills: How effective are their leadership and decision-making skills?
  4. Team Composition: Does the team have all necessary skills and expertise? Qualifications and experience details of critical team members.
  5. Organizational Chart: A chart showing the company's organizational structure and reporting lines.
  6. Advisory Board: Is there an advisory board, and what expertise do they bring? 

Financial Feasibility

  1. Capital Requirements: How much capital is needed, and for what specific purposes?
  2. Revenue Model: What is the primary source of revenue?
  3. Cost Structure: What are the fixed and variable costs?
  4. Break-Even Analysis: At what point does the project become profitable?
  5. Financial Projections: What are the projected income statements, cash flow statements, and balance sheets for the next 5-10 years?
  6. Funding Sources: What are the sources of funding (e.g., equity, debt)?


Risk Assessment

  1. Market Risks: What are the potential market changes that could affect the project?
  2. Competitive Risks: Who are the competitors and potential market entrants?
  3. Operational Risks: What are the risks associated with the day-to-day operation?
  4. Financial Risks: What financial uncertainties does the project face?
  5. Legal and Regulatory Risks: Are there any potential legal or regulatory hurdles?
  6. Technology Risks: What are the risks associated with the employed technology?
  7. Risk Management and Mitigation Strategies: What are the identified risks associated with this project, and what mitigation strategies are in place? Are there contingency plans for unforeseen events, such as natural disasters or significant shifts in the political and economic environment? Risk Assessment Reports: Detailed analysis of potential risks (market, operational, financial, etc.) and mitigation strategies. Insurance and Risk Mitigation Policies: Documents outlining the risk management policies and any insurance covers.


Legal and Compliance

  1. Regulatory Compliance: Does the project comply with relevant laws and regulations?
  2. Environmental and Regulatory Compliance: How does the project plan to comply with local environmental regulations and sustainable development guidelines? What measures are being taken to minimize the ecological impact of the development?
  3. Intellectual Property: Are there patents or trademarks involved?
  4. Contracts and Agreements: Are there any critical contracts or agreements in place?
  5. Legal Structure: What is the legal structure of the entity (e.g., LLC, Corporation)?
  6. Legal and Regulatory Documents: Compliance Certificates: Documents proving compliance with relevant legal and regulatory standards. Intellectual Property Documentation: Patents, trademarks, copyrights registrations, and related legal documents. Corporate Governance Documents: Information on the legal structure, shareholder agreements, board structure, etc.Licenses and Permits: Copies of all required licenses and permits for operation.


Exit Strategy

  1. Exit Options: What are the potential exit strategies for investors? Exit Strategy Documentation: Detailed plans for potential exit scenarios for investors.
  2. Succession Planning: Is there a plan for leadership transition?
  3. Valuation at Exit: How will the project be valued at the time of exit?


Miscellaneous

  1. Sustainability and CSR: Does the project consider environmental and social responsibilities? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy: Documents outlining the CSR initiatives and policies.
  2. Community Engagement and Social Responsibility: How does the project plan to engage with and contribute to the local community? What are the strategies for ensuring social responsibility and benefiting the socio-economic landscape of the region?
  3. Impact Metrics: Are there metrics to measure the impact (social, environmental, financial, sustainability measures)?
  4. Stakeholder Analysis: Who are the key stakeholders, and how are they impacted?Information on key stakeholders and their engagement strategy.
  5. Third-Party Evaluations: Reports from independent consultants or agencies on various aspects of the project.



What to consider in order to finance a start-up


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Creating a robust documentation package for prospective investors is a vital step in securing funding for a start-up. Here’s a detailed list of documents, each serving a distinct purpose in substantiating the business idea and operational strategy:

  1. Executive Summary: A concise overview of the business, illustrating the concept, the market need, and how the startup intends to fulfill that need.
  2. Business Plan: A comprehensive document elucidating the business model, market analysis, competition, financial projections, marketing strategy, and operational plan.
  3. Pitch Deck: A visually engaging presentation summarizing the business idea and plan, tailored for quick digestion by potential investors.
  4. Financial Projections: Detailed financial forecasts including profit & loss statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, and break-even analysis for the next 3-5 years.
  5. Market Analysis: Thorough research on the target market, customer personas, market trends, and competitive landscape.
  6. Marketing and Sales Strategy: Documentation of the go-to-market strategy, sales channels, pricing, and customer acquisition plans.
  7. Technical Documentation (if applicable): Documents detailing the technical aspects of the product, including specifications, features, and architecture diagrams.
  8. Intellectual Property Documentation: Documentation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, or any other intellectual property associated with the business.
  9. Founding Team Bios: Profiles of the founding team members, showcasing their qualifications, experience, and roles within the start-up.
  10. Advisory Board Bios (if applicable): Profiles of advisory board members, if any, and how their expertise complements the startup’s mission.
  11. Cap Table: A table displaying the ownership structure of the company, including shares held by founders, employees, and investors.
  12. Term Sheet: A document specifying the terms and conditions under which an investment would be made.
  13. Customer Testimonials*(if available): Feedback or endorsements from pilot customers or clients which validate the startup’s value proposition.
  14. Legal and Regulatory Compliance Documents: Documentation proving the startup's compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  15. Product Demos or Prototypes: Demonstrations or prototypes of the product or service, which offer tangible proof of concept to investors.
  16. Additionally, having a contingency plan to exhibit how the startup plans to mitigate risks and handle unforeseen challenges could also be beneficial. 


This list is comprehensive but not exhaustive. The exact requirements may vary based on the nature of the business, the industry, and our preferences. 

With our product COMINVEST 2020s support, our portfolio companies can significantly accelerate their growth or if they are a start-up their entry into the market and prepare for rapid growth. 

IFC and the entrepreneurs become business partners, sharing in both the successes as well as the possible failures. If the venture succeeds, IFC benefits by selling its shares or participation (the “exit”). If the venture fails, both IFC and the entrepreneurs loose their invested time and capital; the entrepreneurs incur no additional liabilities. The exit occurs either by going public, selling to an industrial partner, or by the entrepreneurs buying back their shares or participation. 

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