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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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