As a venture studio, we invest in – and co-found – a handful of carefully-selected projects a year, focusing on industries we can understand deeply. Once we invest, we always seek where and how we can be helpful to the founders. We are ready to help in various ways based on specific needs of our portfolio companies. For instance, we can take active part in formation of strategy, open doors to new customers, or help with marketing or IT.
You will talk to the decision-makers right away!
You will talk directly to one of our partners from the very beginning – and he will lead the whole process personally.
The lead partner will get into a deep discussion about your business with you – the product, business model and, of course, the team.
The final step of our decision-making process – after the few initial meetings – is your presentation to all of our partners at the partners‘ meeting.
If you get a yes from us, we‘ll put a simple and transparent term sheet on the table.Let’s talk
How we work
We’re happy to back only a handful of companies a year – and focus our energy on helping them succeed. Our mission is to – through helping the founders – meaningfully improve the chance that each start-up that we partner with will survive and thrive. That can only be done if we can dedicate ourselves fully to each one of our investments and maintain our sharp focus.
We are able to support our portfolio start-ups across all dimensions of the business – whether that means advising on strategic decisions, opening doors to new customers, hiring, improving the product, sharing technical knowledge or simply being a sounding board for the founders during brainstorming. Our founders ALWAYS come first – we don’t see a reason why we should be looking for new business, until we’ve done everything we can for the companies we’ve already backed.
We’re investing our own money – that we made as founders, entrepreneurs and investors. While we have a clear investment strategy, we have no artificial institutional limits on what we can or cannot do and face no external pressures – thus we don’t shy away from more complex situations or non-consensus investments. We are always happy to talk about a great opportunity and we will never pass just because we filled our quota for the year.
Before making an investment, we always make sure that we either lean on our previous knowledge or spend enough time to understand a market that is new to us. Thus, we do not invest to sectors that are far from our current domains as our goal is to be a prepared and thus valuable partner to our investee companies. Our roots are in logistics, e-commerce and fintech; with a preference for B2B or B2B2C business models.
We don’t invest based on who else is investing or whether a deal or a market is “hot” – instead we love to be the first believer – the first institutional investor, the lead investor in your next round, the first one to say yes even if we’re not leading your round. Even if you’re not sure whether you’re ready for an investor, don’t hesitate to reach out – we’ll give you our honest opinion and guide you forward.
Don’t take our word for it – just ask any of our founders or ask for an intro to one (or all) of them.
Life doesn’t unfold linearly. There are easier and more difficult phases, and it’s not always an easy decision to commit to a rough idea in your mind to develop it into a clear business opportunity. Often, it might be financial reasons that hold you back from following your visionary idea.
We designed V# Foundership to aid you in this kind of situation. To select founders, we offer finances covering their living costs that allow them to turn their idea into a fundable startup. Along with the finances, we offer methodological support, as well as access to our know-how and network. In ideal scenario, the Foundership ends with a proper investment from us to kickstart your company.
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About V# Ventures
V-Sharp was founded in 2015 and have developed several own businesses and start-ups since then. In 2021 we created V-Sharp Venture Studio actively helping other start-ups with their funding and development.
As we have walked along the start-up path by ourselves, we have got founder’s DNA and deeply understand all ups & downs every founder must cope with.