Our investment approach is fundamentally driven by our global network of managing directors and mentors. These passionate leaders interact with startup founders on a daily basis, guiding, mentoring and cultivating them along their journey. The sheer scale of our reach results in a diversified strategy that provides investors with a uniquely qualified deal-flow.
There are two main ways to invest in early-stage startups:
Seed and early-stage investors often invest in startups via convertible securities, such as convertible notes and Y Combinator’s SAFE documents. Investors in later-stage startups (Series A or later) will more commonly invest in priced equity rounds.
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Our venture team sources early stage investment opportunities through direct relationships, referrals from our investor members and founders, as well as connections to top startup incubators including Y Combinator, top seed stage VC firms such as First Round Capital, and top super angels. We first invest at the Seed and Series A stage, and seek to follow on in later rounds.
After an initial review with one of our venture partners, we carefully evaluate the product, team, market, competition, traction, and other parameters before our Investment Committee decides whether to move forward. A selected panel of 270+ experienced startup professional further gives feedback on each startup. This third-party opinion provides an additional data point to determine whether the company has what it takes to be a VC-funded company.
We make less than 2% of the startups we review available for funding on our platform. We are proud to be able to offer these opportunities, typically reserved to a select few, to our accredited investor members. Xl Ventures investor members securely invest alongside institutional VCs in major fundraising rounds.
Our role goes far beyond providing financial resources to the founders we pick. We actively support our portfolio companies and give them access to leading software and community that help them get an edge during their journey. By helping our founders build their team, close customers, get advice, raise their next round, and more, we help them be successful and ultimately drive our returns up.
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