Only 1 Percent of Female Entrepreneurs Have Used Venture Capital to Fund Their Business

Female founders do many things to get their business running. They take loans, raid their life savings, hit up family and friends, and even rely on credit cards. According to a new study from the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and Ernst & Young (EY), only one percent ends up using venture capital.
The study looks at how 430 businesses established by women were funded over their lifetime. It included a mix of established and young companies; about 51 percent of businesses surveyed were founded 21 or more years ago.
The 1 percent should not shock you. Women got just 2.19 percent of all venture capital funding in 2016. Historically, the number of women-owned business funded by venture capitalists has been even worse. From 1991 to 1996, of 362 businesses that received venture funding, only 31 deals were with women-led ventures.
If women are not using venture capital, where are the funds coming from? 68 percent of those surveyed by WPO and EY says they used personal savings to fund their businesses. At 27 percent, a line of credit was among the most common responses. About 22 percent incurred personal debt, and about 18 percent received a loan from a friend or family members.
More than 75 percent of the entrepreneurs surveyed reported that they generated between $1 M and $20M in annual revenues, with 14 percent reporting more than $20 million.
References
http://fortune.com/2017/04/26/women-venture-capital-funding/
https://republic.co/exclusive-only-1-of-female-founders-have-used-vc-money-to-fund-their-business

What are Alternatives to Venture Capital?

Growing businesses need funding and entrepreneurs find themselves raising funds from venture capitalists. In my view, there is much emphasis on raising funds from venture capital firms, instead of finding the right type of capital to match the specific needs of the business. Before raising equity capital, there are some other sources of funding that you should explore.
Cash flow from operations
An entrepreneur can decide to invest profits in areas that create high returns on investment. You should first maximize cash flow, and then use that cash flow to finance high-value investments.
Founder’s equity
You should invest any outside funds you have in the business. However, you should be careful not to put yourself in a very risky financial position. Investing in your own business allow you to retain ownership and avoid dilution that is caused by other capital providers.
Family and Friends
Like founder’s equity, getting funds from family and friends shows that you and your advisor believe in the business. Funds from family and friends also help you to avoid giving up control to people with potentially conflicting interests.
Bank loans
Bank loans are often the best source of funding. Typically, these must be backed by accounts receivable or inventory. Bank loans often require a personal guarantee.
References
https://www.inc.com/karl-and-bill/5-alternatives-to-venture-capital.html

The University Venture Fund: The Largest Student-run Venture Capital

With $18.1 million under management, the University Venture Fund (UVF) is the world’s largest student-run venture capital. UVF is a fund generalist with students from the University of Utah, Westminster College, Wharton School of Business and Brigham Young University. The fund has invested in around 18 companies with three exists and is continuing to look for new opportunities. UVF does not only invest in startup companies but also conducts value add projects for its portfolio companies.
Formed in 2001, UVF was the first experiential student venture fund in the United States. Supported by investors like Tim Draper, Geoff Wolley, and James Lee Sorenson and managed by professionals like Peter Harris Jared Hutchens, and Tom Stringham, UVF has proven the model that students can execute alongside industry top investors.
At UVF, best students come together to run a bona fide investment fund, doing what students do best—debate and research on investment deals that make a social impact.
UVF hosts an annual University Private Equity Summit. The event allows top VCs and investment experts to offer best practices and wisdom to about 300 attendees. Some of the speakers in the past events are Jeremy Andrus of SkullCandy and David Hornick of August Capital.
References
https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/19374/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/01/19/students-running-a-vc-fund-the-university-venture-fund-says-yes/#6bf6a05f71c9
These Utah College Students Have Millions Of Dollars To Invest In Your Startup

3 Key Tools of Modern Venture Capitalists

Investors are not known for using the most advanced tools out there. But there is a new generation of tools that enable venture capitalists to take the game to a new level. Start-ups are disrupting how ventures capitalists are doing business, just as they have changed every other industry.
Big data Provider
Big data is changing the world of venture capitalist as much as any other industry. Big data providers pull together a wealth of information from social media, SEC filings, and the company’s proprietary Start-up Index. To keep up with venture capital business, having the right data provider is becoming a necessity.
Contact management software
Most venture capitalists’ time is spent on communications. Venture capitalists who have control over their communications, handle their work load efficiently. A good contact management software is key to that process. A tool like RelateIQ automates as much communication as possible; pulling almost all investor’s communications into one place and making sure that they’re reminded to take appropriate actions
Project management software
While communications make up the lion’s share of venture capitalists’ day, they probably have many other projects they need to work on. Venture capitalists have many different projects such as giving speeches or writing blog posts. A VC needs a particularly robust option.
References
https://www.salesforceiq.com/blog/modern-vc-toolbox
https://www.wsj.com/articles/venture-capital-firms-use-big-data-to-seek-out-the-next-big-thing-1493086200

Personality Traits that Venture Capitalist Want in an Entrepreneur

Last week, one of my friends asked me the kind of personality traits venture capitalists look for in entrepreneurs. Based on my observations over the year of meeting both venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, I have maintained a mental list. Three traits that venture capitalist are looking in entrepreneurs are:
Tenacity
Venture capitalists always look for tenacious entrepreneurs. Tenacity comes up as one of the most critical ingredients to realizing success in entrepreneurship. Venture capital firms such as ENIAC Ventures look for the ability of the founders to break through walls. Start-ups have many ups and downs, and entrepreneurs must overcome every challenge.
Clarity of thought
A straight line between a solution and a problem shows a mastery of information that presents a person as an entrepreneur who knows his or her stuff. Venture capitalist wants entrepreneurs who understand their industry and entrepreneurship in general.
Passion
Venture capitalist evaluates why an entrepreneur is interested in solving a particular problem. Some VCs like funding entrepreneurs who are trying to solve personal problems. The conviction to find a solution for a particular problem is stronger when an entrepreneur is passionate about it.
References
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/294701
https://www.inc.com/bill-carmody/5-qualities-vcs-look-for-in-an-entrepreneur.html

What is Venture-Capital-Backed IPO?

Before we define Venture-Capital-Backed IPO, it is important to understand initial public offering or IPO. IPO is the very first sale of shares issued by a company to the public. A company is considered private before an IPO, with a few f shareholders made up mainly of early investors and professional investors.

Venture-Capital-Backed IPO is the selling of shares in a company to the public that has earlier been funded by venture capitalists. The alternative to venture-capital-backed IPO is an acquisition. Known as exit strategies, both options allow entrepreneurs and venture capitalists get money out of their investments. Open Table and Tesla Motors are examples of companies that were formerly venture-capital-backed IPOs.

Many sources regularly report on venture-backed IPOs. In lean economic periods, there are fewer venture-capital-backed IPOs due to low investor confidence. After the financial crisis, the period between 2008 and 2009 was characterized by low numbers of venture-capital-backed IPOs. During that period only 10 VC-backed companies went public.

According to Grabow, about 39 VC-backed companies had an IPO in 2016. Of these companies, 13 venture-backed IPOs were tech, according to Shoshanna Delventhal of Investopedia. Today, there are about 17,000 VC-backed companies. It is expected that this year will see many venture-capital-backed IPOs.

References

https://www.forbes.com/sites/moiravetter/2017/01/21/ey-says-venture-capital-is-ready-to-go-ipo-in-2017/#c31a940240c7

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/venture-capital-backed-ipo.asp

http://www.investopedia.com/university/ipo/ipo.asp

Exit Strategies for Venture Capitalists

Venture-Capital-Exit-Strategies

An important feature of venture capital investing is the exit strategies. Exit strategies take on various forms, but it is essential that a startup put one in place for its VCs. The exit occurs in the form of liquidation or disinvestment in the final stage of the venture capital funding. The main types of disinvestment/liquidation are trade sales, IPO, write-offs, and Buyback.

Trade Sales
In this type of strategy, a company is merged with an acquirer or sold for cash, stock, or a combination of both.

IPO
If the company has performed well, the venture capitalist will take the IPO route. This involves issuing shares that are registered for the public offering. The venture capitalists get their portion of shares and put them in the open market for trading.

Write-offs
Write-offs are voluntary disinvestment that may or may not result in proceeds.

Buyback
In this strategy, the entrepreneur buys back the investment share from the VCs. The entrepreneur takes the company back to being a privately held company.

Apart from the above four types of disinvestment, bankruptcy is another options. The company or firm may just go bankrupt.

References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-drake/six-startup-exit-strategies_b_8254780.html

http://financetrain.com/exit-strategies-for-venture-capital-funds/