How is the startup community and investors doing in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis? It’s been a rather stormy ride for many over the last half-a-year and it’s far from calming down. Read on for Berthold Baurek-Karlic’s opinion, CEO of Venionare Capital, from an investor’s perspective.
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Our M&A team led a lighthouse M&A transaction for Blockpit, the Austrian expert for legally compliant reporting for digital asset trading to acquire its German competitor CryptoTax. With this acquisition of its biggest and larger European competitor, the company intends to drive international expansion into the US and other markets globally in 2021.
Health-tech pioneer myBioma has raised a six-figure follow-up investment from renowned investors, which is to be doubled by the COVID-19 relief fund of the AWS. The next step is for the founders to draw international attention to themselves.
‘The Startup Rating model by Venionaire Capital’ is a proprietary model for investors, which may be applied across different stages, without limitations of pure qualitative or financial models. The model adjusts the average valuation you have calculated or observed from the market and makes it transparent how much you should over- or underpay compared to an average valuation in order to make a fair deal.
Startup founders and business angels often see external advisors as an unnecessary cost they are not willing to bear. In only very few cases we have seen business angels having a strong enough network, willingness to invest time and resources and skills to support all their startups in multiple rounds. Sometimes this means that they had to raise for five companies at the same time and provide one bridge round after the other themselves. Is that efficient?
Pre-Seed companies sometimes do not even have a minimal viable product yet, their business case is an idea and likely to be changed quite frequently during the first 18 to 24 months until a first product market fit is tested. Numbers and financial plans are worth nothing at this stage. Yet, there are valuation models Business Angels use to evaluate such early-stage startups. The most prominent method one is the “Scorecard” method. Developed by Bill Payne, this top-down approach compares a startup to other typical startups at the same stage (investors benchmark the “standard” value of a pre-seed or early seed company in this case), within a geographic region and startup-sector (regtech, digital health, fintech, SaaS, etc.).