The Economics of a Venture Capital Investment

The Economics of a Venture Capital Investment

In this video, Harry firstly outlines the lifecycle of a venture fund, which includes both the commitment and follow-up period. Before moving toward key criteria VCs use when assessing an investment opportunity. Some of which include an assessment of the founders and team, and the market size, dynamics and competitive landscape.
Overview

A key requirement for all VCs will be a firm focus on the growth potential of the venture and how that trajectory matches up against the fund’s target returns. A judgement on the team is very important, as it’s the only real asset an early-stage company has. Further to this, VCs assess key metrics such as the market size, dynamics, and the competitive landscape.

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify and explain the lifecycle of a venture fund

  • How do venture capital investments perform generally?

  • Discuss the measures and factors VCs consider when funding a company

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Harry Davies

Harry Davies

Harry Davies has spent the last few years investing in and supporting early-stage technology startups, and has worked with over 200+ startups. He started doing this at Wayra, O2 and Telefonica’s startup accelerator, where they would invest in companies that had a strategic fit with Telefonica, across telecoms, fintech, cyber security, healthcare and more. Harry has since moved to Tech Nation, a UK Government backed body that supports the UK tech sector.

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