All blogs tagged Seed Investing
How We Secure Follow-On Investments In High-Growth Seed StartupsVenture capital is a high-risk, high-reward asset class, which is especially true of pre-seed and seed investments. While failure rates are higher, valuations are lower, creating a greater opportunity for outsized returns. Our network-powered investing model allows us to access high-momentum seed opportunities and secure follow-on investments as companies continue to scale. See below for examples of seed startups from our portfolio who invited us to participate in additional financing rounds.¹
AVTV: Seed Startup SpotlightAlumni Ventures TV is an opportunity for our portfolio companies to broadcast their elevator pitch and most salient asks to our community. Hear from the Founders and CEOs of four seed-stage portfolio companies about the inspiration behind their businesses and how they’re positioned to scale into promising, later-stage ventures.
A Conversation with Our Seed Fund TeamAlumni Ventures’ Seed Fund (formerly Basecamp) offers investors a large, diversified seed and pre-seed investments portfolio. Four full-time Managing Partners lead our investing efforts and are based in three key venture hubs: Catherine Lu and Andrea Funsten in San Francisco, Matt Scott in NYC, and Wayne Moore in Chicago. We sat down with the team to discuss their approach to sourcing and evaluating seed-stage opportunities, examples from our current portfolio, and their thoughts on why established VCs are deploying significant capital to seed-stage companies this year.
Alumni Ventures’ Impact on Our Seed-Stage Portfolio CompaniesAlumni Ventures serves as a value-add co-investor for all 800+ companies in our portfolio, whether they’re seeking their first checks or laying the groundwork for an IPO. Read about the impact we are having on our seed and pre-seed portfolio companies in their own words. In many cases, we’ve leveraged the expertise of Alumni Ventures’ 50+ investing professionals teams and our network of more than 600,000 community members to help them scale into promising, later-stage companies. We have since been invited by some of them to invest in additional financing rounds.
Seed Investing Trends in Emerging SectorsPromising seed-stage opportunities exist where talented innovators intersect with cutting-edge technology. Our team monitors a diverse spectrum of industries to identify nascent companies as they emerge. Options can range from a Midwest agtech company to an East Coast crypto fintech. We leverage Alumni Ventures’ network of 50+ investing professionals and exclusive community of more than 600,000 members to source these types of high-potential, early-stage investments. Below is a sample of exciting sectors and emerging verticals that we’re following as we source promising opportunities for this year’s Seed Fund.
Taking a Closer Look at Alumni Ventures’ Seed FundAlumni Ventures’ Seed Fund (formerly Basecamp) features a large, diversified portfolio of seed and pre-seed investments. The fund is actively managed by a full-time team of investment professionals based in strategic venture hubs across the country. Investors in the fund will own a portfolio of ~80-100 pre-seed and seed deals invested over ~12 to 15 months, diversified by sector, geography, and investor syndicate. For a deeper look at our investment thesis and outlook for this year’s Seed Fund, we interviewed Chief Investment Officer Anton Simunovic.