What Later-Stage Startups Expect When They're Expecting Investors
From DailySocial mini survey, investors' track records and global investment networks are the most expected keywords
Aside from capital, there are many other inquiries and criteria that startup founders look for in investors. It particularly happens for later-stage startups in Series A, B, and C. This is the finding that DailySocial obtained from a mini survey of some startup founders in the particular stage. We also conduct short polls on this topic on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Why do we narrow it down to Series A, B, and C startups? It is because the startups in this phase have gained traction, secured customer base, and are starting to plan for scale-up or business expansion. It means that they will have more complex criteria along with business growth, and are no longer glued to capital alone.
A different hypothesis might arose as it is compared to the early-stage startups, where capital is necessary to develop products/services. The goal is to get customers and find out whether the product/service has been accepted by the market (market-fit).
The following are the summarized results of our mini survey.
Global investment network
Some startup founders participated in our mini survey, including those engaged in e-logistics, edtech, agritech, and musictech. Apart from capital, their expectations lie down for access to global network (85.7%), technology advisory (42.9%), business advisory (28.6%), and mentoring for founders (14.3 %).
In line with the above statement, as many as 48% have high expectations for access to global investor networks, followed by business advisory (40%), technology advisory (7%), as well as VC brand name and experience (4%)
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