Alumni Ventures

Your Venture Capital Partner

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About Alumni Ventures

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    #1 most active venture firm in the U.S., #3 in the world (PitchBook 2022)
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    $1.25B+ capital raised since founding in 2014
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    Diversified portfolio of 1,300+ venture-backed companies, adding ~250 / year
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    ~40 full-time venture investors, ~130 full-time employees
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    10,000 individual accredited investors already trust us with their venture investing
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    Top-quartile performance
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    Network of 625K investors, entrepreneurs, & community members
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    5 national offices

Why VC May Belong in Your Portfolio

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    VC has outperformed the public market equivalents over the past 5, 15, and 25 years.
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    VC has been the top-performing alternative asset class over the last decade.
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    VC is largely uncorrelated to the public markets, making it attractive from a portfolio risk-mitigation perspective.
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    More value is being created in the private markets than ever before, and the largest endowments and institutions are increasing allocations here.

Sources for the above claims



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Get to Know Us

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    Human

    Yes, we are a bit nerdy and love thinking about the future. But we are also relatable “I’d have a beer with them” people who are happy to answer questions or just chat.
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    Experienced

    Our team has hundreds of years combined in accessing promising venture deals.
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    Transparent

    We’ll be open and honest with you. At the bottom of this page are seven very good questions we are asked a lot.

Investment Strategy

We believe in diversification, investing alongside established lead investors, and running a disciplined and rigorous process.

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    Our network helps us source, vet, and access great venture deals.

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    Our 12+ distinct investment teams work to win allocation into the most competitive venture deals.

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    Our rigorous and disciplined processes provide our investors with smart, simple venture capital portfolios.


Our Secret Sauce

Alumni Ventures is a network-powered VC firm. Our community is our source of capital, expertise, and how we add value to our portfolio companies.


Investor & Entrepreneur Testimonials

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Syndications

Syndications are opportunities to invest in a single venture deal. Over 40% of our investors have participated in one or more Syndications. They’ve told us that they’re drawn to Syndications as a way to personalize their portfolio, back a deal that particularly resonates with them, and educate themselves or their children about venture investing.

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    Exclusive for AV fund investors
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    All deals sourced by our investment professionals and invested in by one or more of our funds
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    Deal diligence materials shared via a secure data room
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    Lower minimums
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    100% opt in. You decide how often you want to see Syndications and whether or not to invest

A Venture Fund for Every Objective

Foundational Funds

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    ~20-30 investments diversified by stage, sector, geography, and lead investor

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    Investments sourced by our entire team of ~40 full-time venture investment professionals

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    Co-investing alongside other established venture firms

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    Portfolio constructed by our Office of the CIO, with 20% reserved for follow-ons

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    Includes access to deal Syndications and engagement opportunities with other investors

Typical Investments are $50k-$100k
Minimum is $25k

Focused Funds

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    Diversified portfolios, deploying against specific strategy, with reserves for follow-ons

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    Investments sourced by our entire team of ~40 full-time venture investment professionals

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    Co-investing alongside other established venture firms

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    Each Focused Fund is led by dedicated full-time team with specific thematic expertise

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    Includes access to deal Syndications and engagement opportunities with other investors

Typical Investments are $50k-$100k
Minimums start at $25k

Syndications

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    Opportunities to invest in single venture deals.

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    Only for existing AV fund investors

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    All deals sourced by our investment professionals and invested in by one or more of our funds

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    Deal diligence materials shared via a secure data room

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    You decide how often you want to see Syndications and whether or not to invest

Typical Investments are $15-25k
Minimum is $5k

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ
  • There are many reasons to consider venture capital. Here are five that make a strong argument.

    Returns: Venture capital is an asset class that has outperformed the S&P over many periods.(1)

    Portfolio diversification: Since VC returns aren’t completely correlated to the stock market, a venture portfolio is a way to diversify your overall portfolio.(2)  AV offers venture portfolios diversified by sector, stage, region, and lead investors.

    Staying private longer: Many ventures are staying private longer. When they do go public, they already have significant value creation behind them. (3)

    Impact: Many of the companies our funds invest in are tackling society’s toughest challenges in health, energy, finance, transportation, and more. Investing in VC is fundamentally an optimistic statement that the future can be better.

    Learning: Most of our investors are naturally curious people, looking to learn and understand what is new and what is next.

    (1) Cambridge Associates, Venture Capital Benchmarks, March 31, 2019, (2) The Inverse Correlation Between Venture and Public Markets, March 2016, (3) Forbes, “Why more businesses are choosing to stay private,” February 26, 2020.

  • Broad and diversified venture portfolios with community: Most venture investors to date have been institutions who could commit millions per venture firm and have the resources to invest in multiple venture firms. In contrast, AV provides accredited investors a large, diversified venture portfolio for just $25K – $50K per fund.

    Deal access and flow: We offer investors access to a portfolio of highly competitive deals invested alongside other established venture firms. Our investment activity consistently puts us among the most active VCs in the world according to PitchBook.(4)

    Risk management through large, diversified portfolios: Our Alumni and Total Access Funds provide diversification across stage, sector, geography, and lead investor. In addition, given venture’s power law characteristics (a few huge winners offset losers), larger venture portfolios can reduce risk of loss while having an attractive upside compared to smaller venture portfolios.(5) Compare this to individuals who do an occasional one-off deal. For them, the likelihood of a substantial or complete loss of capital increases significantly.

    Co-investing strategy: We invest alongside VCs with sector and/or stage expertise who lead the round and negotiate terms. Accessing promising venture deals is what our 12+ full-time investment teams are committed to delivering for you.

    Community: AV leverages a network of 625,000+ subscribers and community members to source capital and deals, conduct due diligence, and assist portfolio companies. As our community grows daily, so does our commitment to investor engagement, education, and network sourcing.

    (4) PitchBook 2020 Annual Global League Tables, February 18, 2021. (5) Steven Crossan, “Modelling Suggests Rational Venture Investors Should Have Bigger Portfolios,” April 11, 2018.

  • We have 40+ investment professionals across AV’s family of funds and our Office of Investing. Our OOI helps source, evaluate, and coordinate deals. Most of our actively managed funds also have their own Investment Committee, consisting of experienced investors and business executives.

    Our Alumni Funds are managed by a team of 2-4 full-time investment professionals per fund with strong investing and entrepreneurial experience. Our investment decision making is process-based, and the ultimate decision is based on the analysis and rating of a collective vote of the sponsor fund, sponsor fund’s Investment Committee, and the AV Investment Committee.

    Our Total Access Fund and Focused Funds are managed by AV’s Office of Investing, with portfolios created from deals sourced and invested in by our Alumni Funds, as well as our dedicated Focused Fund investment team.

  • Our funds are only open to accredited investors. The SEC defines an accredited investor as someone who (a) has earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year, OR (b) has a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence), OR (c) holds certain professional designations in good standing approved by the SEC. Further details are available here.

  • Our Alumni Funds have a minimum of $25,000.

    Our Total Access Fund has a minimum of $25,000.

    Our Focused Funds minimums start at $25,000.

    Syndication opportunities, available only to existing investors, typically have a minimum of $5,000 – $25,000.