Our investment thesis emphasizes market-driven solutions that evolve into profitable companies. Initial financial assistance should enable projects to complete product prototypes, conduct early marketing campaigns, and add key team members. Our assistance is designed to increase when key milestones are reached along a path of business development. We also expect entrepreneurs to make raising sophisticated follow-on capital a priority, and help prepare them for the nearly continuous capital-raising regimen that is a hallmark of innovative, growing companies.
Strategic and Operational Guidance
We strive to create a working environment where innovations are nurtured and in which entrepreneurs can build thriving businesses. Our Ventures team includes successful entrepreneurs who work closely with high-potential leaders to establish and then reach value-creating milestones of growth: raising capital; generating revenues; testing the commercial viability of their product; and moving it to market. Our Ventures members have the background that helps them to empathize with an entrepreneur's struggles, and to continuously challenge the entrepreneur to excel.
We consider the following issues when evaluating a company for potential investment:
- Value proposition of the company's solution.
- Attractiveness and viability of the target market.
- Experience and talent of the current management team.
- Financial model and revenue projections.
- Potential to generate return on investment through an exit strategy.
One key aspect of our mandate is a focus on pre-seed and seed-stage companies. Companies selling a significant amount of products or services, or which have already raised a significant amount of equity capital, may already be too mature for assistance through Paliwoda Ventures. Put simply, they may not really need us.
The Paliwoda Group is an active and engaged investor. The amount approved for total investment depends on the stage of development and particular needs of a company. We release installments of funds when mutually agreed upon milestones are reached along a business development path. This approach helps forge a strong operating partnership between investor and portfolio company, but is not for everyone. If you prefer a more standard arm's-length relationship where you only engage with investors during quarterly board meetings and at report time, you should seek funding elsewhere.