Startup Tips: Introduction to Venture Capital

Venture capital is a way of financing a startup, especially when seed rounds and investments from angel investors run dry. In a nutshell, early stage businesses with high growth rates receive funding from established firms through a dynamic venture capital ecosystem. This ecosystem can be intimidating for many new entrepreneurs, so knowing where to start and best practices is key to navigating the VC ecosystem. What is Series A funding Series A funding is commonly known as the first step on the ...
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When to raise a series A

Raising capital for a new business is a challenge even for seasoned entrepreneurs. When you're new to entrepreneurship, your first hurdle is understanding how the various rounds of investment work. Many startups raise funding every 1-2 years to accelerate their growth and for some startups, outside investment starts with a seed round. Those who don't need outside funding at seed stage start with series A. Knowing exactly when you're ready to raise series A funding can be a problem however. ...
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HV Holtzbrinck Ventures closes new €306 million fund to invest in European startups

With the closing of its 7th fund at €306 million fund ($375 million) Germany's leading VC firm HV Holtzbrinck Ventures now has more than €1 billion under management.  Allowing for some early investments in young businesses at seed and series A stages, most of the new fund will go into follow-on investments and selected growth investments at later stages. General partner Rainer Maerkle firm says the firm is looking to support businesses with a focus on Internet, mobile, software, health, fin...
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4 essential lessons for start-ups raising Series A for international growth

UK start-ups continue to represent a fast growing market, despite concerns about Brexit damaging UK investment and growth. With uncertainty around foreign investment, and to counter the potential loss of EU funding, the UK Government is stepping up funding to help growth-stage businesses achieve their potential and conquer new markets. Establishing a strong presence in a key overseas market requires a significant capital injection and raising funds for an international strategy can be an arduous...
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Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it’s ready to invest in tokens

London-based, pan-European VC firm Seedcamp is marking its 10-year anniversary with a £41m fund to invest in up to 100 startups across Europe. The company is funding startups from pre-seed stage up to Series A, while keeping some capital in reserve to follow-on in rounds up to Series B. Managing partners Reshma Sohoni and Carlos Espinal, and investment partner Tom Wilson, discuss with Steve O'Hear how the company has evolved over the past decade. They also share what sets Seedcamp apar...
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