Software, SaaS, Foodtech, AI, Marketplaces, Cybersecurity, Retail Tech, DaaS (Please note that this show is mind-bending, witty, super exciting and 18+)
c. 20 Emotional and thrilling episodes with a budget of around $1M per episode. But sometimes we are ready to buy an amateur video camera and shoot a short trailer with a small budget ($100k-$200k) or invest up to $3M in a blockbuster with lots of visual effects
Casting is open. We are looking for new Pirates, Winners and Robots from all backgrounds, genders and walks of life
We're not the producers who believe that a catchy plot and huge media interest leads to success. Verified, tested hypotheses and greatest professionals in the cast – that's all we want to see
Fundraise Up is a US-based SaaS solution for charity organizations. The company helps non-profits across the globe to significantly increase online donations revenue.
Naduvi is a European outlet furniture marketplace. Offering a wide range of interior design products Naduvi consolidates the highly fragmented furniture and décor e-commerce landscape.
Mercaux is a B2B SaaS startup that helps retailers deliver superior omnichannel customer experiences by bringing the best of digital and physical retail together. The next generation digital store platform.
Vamstar is a SaaS-enabled healthcare procurement marketplace with enhanced search and analytical capabilities. With a help of AI and data processing tech Vamstar supports commercial strategies for pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and hospitals.
Bulbshare is a customer intelligence SaaS platform that brings brands closer to their customers by building interactive customer communities. Bulbshare harness the power of real people sharing their experiences and interests to make unique consumer-brand bond.
If your pitch looks like a long and exciting novel - send it to Alex, and if it's a short story with numbers - to Ruslan.
P.S. If your project is from the field of cryptocurrencies, ICO, tokens, etc. then we will be happy to study it in detail at: email@example.com
If your pitch looks like a long and exciting novel — send it to Alex, and if it's a short story full of numbers — to Ruslan.
P.S. If your project is from the field of cryptocurrencies, ICO, tokens, etc. then we will be happy to study it in detail at:
Investment thesis for a new VC fund
Building a new venture fund is super interesting, deeply inspiring, and… far from easy. I know many young teams, who are raising their first fund and debating about the right fundraising strategy. At Begin Capital, we are always happy to share our own fundraising experience, but it is important to be objective and make comprehensive research. With this in mind I decided to analyze other VC funds, that were in the same position. Pulling historical data from Dealroom, I ended up with 186 first time VC funds that were launched in 2015-2020 worldwide. The dataset that I’ve got was not perfect: Dealroom’s coverage outside of North America and Europe is poor and also many smaller funds are missing. However, it was good enough to answer some of my questions and hopefully might be useful for other daring first time fund managers.
Collaboration between VC and business angels
In September Pitchbook published an insightful research on the role of angel investments in the startup ecosystem. It is quite clear from the research that not only business angels are essential for early stage financing, but they also make a positive contribution to the long-term startup success. The probability to raise follow-on rounds appears to be materially higher for companies whose first investment came from angels. Probability of raising a follow-on round or reaching M&A/IPO Such a significant difference is impressive but might be not intuitively obvious. I have two hypotheses somehow explaining this fact: At early stages a syndicate of strong business angels could be more helpful. Angels usually have a strong professional background and can help startup with necessary first customer introductions. Even more than that, sometimes angels play such an active role in operational processes that they are hardly different from co-founders Startups that decide to skip business angel round and raise more funding from VCs at the start, usually end up with higher post money valuation. This puts more pressure on a startup’s performance and leaves less flexibility to make pivots. While the role of business angels is important and well known, surprisingly, I haven’t observed an active collaboration between angels and VCs. Business angels actively collaborate with each other: form angel networks and syndicates, network together through events and web chats
The results of our 1st year of operations
Just over a year ago, the first season of the new show called ‘Begin Capital’ began. Over the last 12 months, we have achieved the following results: We closed 6 deals: Zadaa (https://zadaa.co/en/) – a marketplace for second-hand clothes. The company operates in Germany, Finland and Denmark. Zadaa’s main competitive advantage - logistics solution that reduces the cost of logistics by 50-70%. Begin Capital became the lead investor with a €1.5M cheque. WOOM (https://woomfertility.com) – WOOM is a data driven app and b2b SaaS solution designed to empower women by maximizing their chances of getting pregnant, either naturally or through medical treatment. Every month, 80,000 women interact with WOOM and thousands of pregnancies are achieved together with WOOM. Begin Capital became a co-investor with a €1M cheque. Mercaux (https://www.mercaux.com) – Mercuax is a B2B SaaS startup that helps retailers deliver superior omnichannel customer experiences by bringing the best of digital and physical retail together. On average Mercaux customers experience a sales uplift of 8% and 5x ROI. Begin Capital became a co-investor in the project with a $500k ticket.