The corporate VC must set up and run a program.
Here’s a list of core functions the corporate VC must cover:
Planning out the portfolio – this includes estimating the size of each investment as well as the type of company to invest in. There needs to be a target valuation and percentage ownership for each investment.
Searching for startups that meet the plan – startups must be able to grow rapidly and scale to higher levels with limited capital.
Convincing startups to take the investment – this includes connecting the startup to other investors and providing resources to facilitate growth.
Diligencing startups – this includes researching the startup, in particular the team, to understand their skills and ability to accomplish the goal.
Tracking and supporting existing investments – this includes attending board meetings, supporting the startup, and updating the limited partners of the status. Some startups will require more attention than others and limited partners will look for in-depth reports.
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