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Five years ago, we observed a significant structural challenge in the venture industry. Since then, we've earned widespread recognition for the unique student experience we've designed to solve this funding challenge.

We have designed a process that allows students to receive a unique immersive educational experience, accomplished investors to receive due diligence support, high potential companies to have an efficient investment decision process, and the fund to find high potential companies in which to invest.

The Problem

There is a gap in seed-stage funding within the Toronto-Waterloo Tech Corridor that is inhibiting two distinct groups of stakeholders  companies and seed investors.

Companies

Even when a company finds a lead investor, syndicating the remainder of a round can be time-consuming and challenging. This results in many promising companies raising less than they need to achieve their Series A milestones, leaving them chronically under-capitalized. Founders are then forced to raise capital at inopportune times, taking them away from having a solid focus on operations and potentially stalling growth.

Seed Investors

The gap in seed funding exists because many investors are simply unwilling or unable to justify performing due diligence or portfolio management given the investment-cheque size. The overhead isn't justified.

The Solution

An angel-investor-designed, seed-stage investment fund that features a select group of top undergraduate and Master of Business Administration students paired with top early-stage investors. Laurier's Lazaridis School of Business and Economics fills the seed-stage gap for investors by providing capital and due diligence "horsepower" required to help fully subscribe a round the financing.

In summary, companies have better access to the capital they need to achieve their milestones.

Benefits

  • Students get invaluable exposure to real-life investments.
  • Seed investors can leverage additional capital and resources.
  • Laurier's capital helps further attract more seed investors to a deal, effectively unlocking meaningful capital for these companies.
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