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Benelux Venture Forum Seeks Top 40 Early Stage Companies to Pitch Venture Capital Firms in Leuven

21 Apr

On June 18, 2014, the most promising entrepreneurs will be showcasing their business to an audience of Benelux and international strategic partners, venture capital and corporate investors

By Robert Hoskins

BVF 2014

The European Venture contest is seeking companies that want to raise investment capital.  Contestants can apply for one of the 40 pitching slots at the 14th annual Benelux Venture Forum held on the 18th of June in Leuven 2014. High-tech companies from across the technology sectors of Life Sciences, Clean Tech and Information Technologies are invited to apply for a free position on stage at the Forum.
Those selected will have the chance to present in 8 minutes their company and its unique strengths and gain the opportunity to network with investors and large corporate groups investing in their sector. In addition to their moment on stage, the Forum offers them the opportunity to request personalized meetings with investors of their choice as well as free access to the presentation dry-run (June 17), where they will be coached to critically improve their presentation. Each company presentation will be evaluated by a strong Investor Jury, consisting of venture capital investors and relevant senior corporate venturing & innovation people.
The jury, which totals over 40 members, includes people from Aster Capital, BASF, Capricorn Venture Partners, DOW, DSM, Finindus, Forbion, Gilde Healthcare, GIMV, Idinvest, Intel Capital, KLM, Newion Investments, PHS Fund, PMV, Prime Ventures, Oracle, Robert Bosch, Sofinnova Partners, Start Green and Time Equity Partners.
The full list of Jury members is listed on the event website. Next to the presentations by the presenting companies, the full-day program of the Benelux Venture Forum will feature panels on topics such as ‘Successful Growth & Exits’ and ‘Widening access to capital for entrepreneurs’ and features workshops on how to raise capital and work with different investors types, looking at corporate groups, business angels & family investors, accelerators and crowdfunding platforms and loan & guarantee facilities.
The program features many top speakers such as Prof. Dr. Herman Daems (BNP Paribas Fortis, KU Leuven, BARCO), Jurgen Ingels (Clear2Pay), Wim de Waele (iMinds) & Jos Peeters (Capricorn Venture Partners). Companies interested in applying for a presentation slot should register their company and create a profile on e-unlimited.com/bvf before April 27th.
The 10 best received companies at the Benelux Venture Forum will be among the top companies in the annual European Venture Contest, a pan-European that features over 500 companies each year. These Award winners received a guaranteed place on stage at the European Venture Summit that takes place in December in Dusseldorf. As the final event of the annual European Venture Contest, the Summit is one of Europe’s largest gathering points for high-tech entrepreneurs seeking investment capital and features over 120 award-winning companies and 100+ venture capital investors.

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FundersClub Snubs 97% of New Accredited Investors Seeking to Get into the Equity Crowdfunding Investment Business

21 Sep

Surprising regression by FundersClub reverses business model and makes investors jump through hoops to participate in one of America’s biggest financial industry opportunities

By Robert Hoskins

FundersClub, one of the world’s first online venture capital firms, announced that it is changing its membership application process to an invitation-only model. The change will not impact current members, but will require individuals interested in joining FundersClub to be invited by a current member. Alternatively, individuals who are familiar with a FundersClub member, may request a professional courtesy referral to FundersClub. In all cases, individuals must be certified as accredited investors before FundersClub will admit them as a member.

FundersClub is a new type of venture capital platform, built around a unique online marketplace that allows accredited investors to become equity holders in FundersClub-managed venture funds

FundersClub is a new type of venture capital platform, built around a unique online marketplace that allows accredited investors to become equity holders in FundersClub-managed venture funds

“This represents a significant shift in how we intend to grow our community of premier accredited investors,” said Alex Mittal, co-founder and CEO of FundersClub. “At a time when crowdfunding platforms are poised to get loud via solicitation and advertising activity, we as an online venture capital firm are actually heading in the opposite direction, focusing on quality and empowering our members themselves to build a thoughtfully curated community,” added Mittal.

Prior to this change, membership to FundersClub was open to all accredited investors who applied through the company’s website, subject to verification of their accredited investor status. The definition of an accredited investor is an individual who has a net worth, or joint net worth with the individual’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the investing, excluding the value of their primary residence, or whose income exceeded $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 and has a reasonable expectation of reaching the same income level in the current year.

The new membership process allows current members to invite friends and colleagues whom they know and trust. Individuals that accept the invitation become members of FundersClub once their accredited investor status is verified. Additionally, FundersClub will consider on a case-by-case basis applications for membership.

“We’ve always believed in the value of empowerment. Our invitation-only model underscores that belief and our commitment to providing a safe, reliable and trustworthy environment for our community,” added Mittal.

Alex Mittal and Boris Silver launched FundersClub in July 2012 with one goal in mind — to change the way the world fundraises and invests. Together they had founded five companies, raised more than $20 million in funding and invested as angels in other startups. For FundersClub, the pair raised capital through their own platform and from other top investors including Y Combinator, First Round Capital, Spark Capital, Intel Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis Ventures, and Tim Draper. All FundersClub members with access to investment opportunities have been certified as accredited investors.

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