Investing in startup companies is very different from other investments such as new production facilities, stocks in established companies, or real estate, where the supposedly return on investments (ROI) can readily be calculated. Even if there are several models for investing in startups the choice of investment almost always comes down to faith and gut feeling. Also, your role as an investor in startups may often end up with you as becoming a “business-janitor” making sure that bills are being paid, legislation is being followed, and sorting other everyday issues – which was not the intention of becoming involved with the investment. This workshop is focused on how to become more comfortable with investing in startups, avoiding the “janitor” role, and defining the most important telltale indicators of a startup company’s potential.
SPECIFIC ISSUES AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO MAKE DECISIONS
- Discussion on the existing startup evaluation models
- How to screen the market for truly relevant startups
- Avoiding the “janitor” role
- What are the telltale indicators – also based on the industry?
- How much or how little should be invested in startups – degree of financial exposure?