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Abstract

Most venture capital profits come from a small percentage of investments, despite high expectations for each investment made. As a result, a small improvement in selecting portfolio companies can make a substantial improvement in fund results. This case describes the venture capital deal sourcing and screening process. It does not describe the due diligence process in detail, but focuses on initial screening - identifying those companies that the venture capitalist will evaluate in more detail. After describing the sourcing and screening process, the case describes a fictional venture capital firm, and provides a number of incoming investment opportunities to be evaluated. Students are asked to play the role of an associate at the firm, and tasked with reviewing these opportunities and determine how each should be handled - should they be rejected, should they contact the entrepreneur for more information, or should they refer the opportunity to one of the firm's partners.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2013.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Silicon Valley

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Abstract

Most venture capital profits come from a small percentage of investments, despite high expectations for each investment made. As a result, a small improvement in selecting portfolio companies can make a substantial improvement in fund results. This case describes the venture capital deal sourcing and screening process. It does not describe the due diligence process in detail, but focuses on initial screening - identifying those companies that the venture capitalist will evaluate in more detail. After describing the sourcing and screening process, the case describes a fictional venture capital firm, and provides a number of incoming investment opportunities to be evaluated. Students are asked to play the role of an associate at the firm, and tasked with reviewing these opportunities and determine how each should be handled - should they be rejected, should they contact the entrepreneur for more information, or should they refer the opportunity to one of the firm's partners.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2013.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Silicon Valley

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