One of the most mystifying parts of venture fundraising is the murky process of due diligence. There is a ton of advice out there on how to get in and pitch a venture investor, but little on how to manage the ‘boring-sounding’ but critical due diligence process. Yet this is where make or break happens for many venture deals. Due diligence is the homework that investors do – tech reviews, reference calls, market checks – to understand the opportunities and risks of an investment. For some investors, diligence is a structured process. For others, it’s an informal dating ritual. Either way, it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand the process and manage it.
Both Number of Funds and Capital Raised Continues Upward Trajectory
Capital Continues to be Highly Concentrated with a Small Number of Funds
Number of New Funds Also Increases, but Only Accounts for 8% of Total Capital Raised
Entrepreneurs in the Academy: the Role of Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education at Research Universities
Nearly twenty years ago, Dr. Tom Byers came to Stanford University with an audacious idea. He believed that entrepreneurship education ought to be a fundamental part of the curriculum for every student in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, he argued that rigorous scholarly research on the entrepreneurial process should be a fundamental part of the broader academic mission of a research university. To drive these ideas, he founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), and was joined a few years later by STVP Executive Director Tina Seelig.