How Do Exits Work?

Alumni Ventures' Policies for Potential Exits

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AV’s investment strategy is to co-invest alongside established lead VC firms. At exit, we seek to monetize our position expeditiously. At times, there might be exceptions, which are addressed below.


  • Our goal is to maximize investor value by running a structured process that over time and across many situations will lead to the best outcomes.
  • We recognize the limits to our forecasting abilities.
  • AV applies consistent principles across all of its investment funds.
  • AV values transparency, communicating with its investors, and distributing capital as expeditiously as possible.
  • When judgment is required to exit an investment, we turn to AV’s Special Situation Exit Committee (SSEC) for a decision. The SSEC is comprised of members of the executive management team, the investment management team, the investment advisory council, and the board of managers.
  • We believe every exit event is an opportunity to learn and reflect. Sponsoring Investment Teams prepare an exit memo summarizing key facts and learnings from each investment.

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Investment is sold for cash or liquidated

  • Unless an exception applies, distributions will be made on a quarterly basis, such that you would typically receive proceeds within 45 days of the end of the quarter, reflecting all the distributions from the quarter.
  • Syndication exits are distributed pursuant to the same schedule outlined above.
  • Any escrow distributions follow the same guidelines as above.
  • Exceptions may be made when appropriate, such as when qualified small business stock (QSBS) is sold or for other reasons identified by AV.

Investment is sold for securities or liquidated

  • We collect the securities and monitor the investment.
  • These new securities are treated like an original investment in terms of exit strategy.

Selling into a later round of financing or a secondary market

  • The Sponsoring Investment Team writes a memo making the case for a sale.
  • The AV Routine Exit Team discusses and makes a decision or may invoke the SSEC.

Initial Public Offering (IPO)

  • 1-2 months before an IPO, the Sponsoring Investment Team makes the case for exiting into the IPO (if available).
  • AV’s default policy is to sell in an orderly fashion and to distribute proceeds to investors according to our published schedule with exceptions as they occur.
  • When any stock is held post lockup, a clear timeline tied to predetermined key catalysts which would trigger sale at a future date are identified.

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