The venture capital field is a very competitive industry. As an Angel or a VC fund member, you will experience many highlights and even more playdowns. As there aren’t many Universities focusing solely on investing, here come some useful links that we personally went through, get inspired by, and use nearly every day.

You may find here a step-by-step guide including understanding your value proposition, links & resources on how to land a VC job, or where to get inspired.


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It’s not an easy thing to declare the value of a startupSME, or company, especially when there is low or no revenue.

mature company (unlike early-stage startups) consists of hard facts and figures to follow. A revenue stream and financial records help you define the value of the business. The usual approach leads to EBITDA, which defines the value of the company based on earnings before interesttaxesdepreciation, and amortization (EBITDA = Net Profit + Interest + Taxes + Depreciation + Amortization).

But what about pre-revenue projects? There are several methods that vary depending on the investor.

The approach of an Angel Investor differs from the one of a VC fund. And to make it even more complicated, there are Angel Investors and VC funds with a focus on a different industry. So what one investor values as an advantage, the second one sees as a questionable value. The same case comes in software/hardware comparing or a customer focus (B2BB2CB2GB2B2C, etc.).

The evaluation process consists of five major fields divided into specific ones, depending on the stageindustry, and market. The major fields focus on (i) problem (assessment, solution, recognition, etc.), (ii) solution (assessment, complexity, maturity, etc.), (iii) USPs (declaration, Competitive Advantage Type, POV, etc.), (iv) product/service (type, location, market, etc.), (v) scalability (declared, monetization, POV, etc.) and (vi) team (founders, experience, expertise, etc.). Especially in the pre-revenue stage, there is room to evaluate projects based on your feeling. (based on a presumption you are an experienced & skilled entrepreneur/investor yourself). As it is a subjective rating, it is not included in this evaluation method. 

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