How We Run Our Process

(Updated January 2023)

We focus on helping immigrant entrepreneurs succeed faster. From the first contact, through the investment evaluation to the post-investment support — we know your time is the most valuable asset you have. For this reason, we aim to remove any artificial barriers. Below is a representative outline of our evaluation process and what success looks like in each part. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we are comfortable deviating from this, as required.

Initial Information

Pitch Invitation

The main topics of discussion for the call include:

  • Why is this team the right one to solve this problem or tackle this market?
  • Where are you in the company building journey? What have you learned about your customers or market need so far?
  • How can this company become category defining instead of incremental change?(we expect the founders to guide our vision)
  • What do you have to prove with this round of funding to raise the next? (helps us understand your execution philosophy, prioritization, focus, and approach)

The best teams leave us wanting to learn more. They pose both their strengths and show their awareness of areas they need to dig deeper on.

Partner Meetings

  • We will dig deeper into the previous questions from pitch call
  • Customer discovery journey
  • Current unique insights or hypotheses you are testing
  • Technological and product advantage
  • Market inflection points (aka why now?)
  • The speed of execution and iteration
  • Milestones and use of funds

We do a good amount of research in between meetings, including getting insights from founders, operators, and experts in the space and industry. In each subsequent meeting, you may meet a new member of our team, with the purpose of each call being to build on the previous meeting’s main points and move towards an investment decision.

We recognize our job is to make the best decision with imperfect information. We also recognize that the builders of our future are likely the founders, so we rely on a founder’s worldview the most. This is how we get comfortable leading early, with conviction. If we complete this stage and are excited about the team, opportunity and how the future could look, we move to an investment decision.

Final Investment Meeting and Decision

Once there is alignment on terms we move into confirmatory due diligence which includes potential customer references, professional references, company incorporation analysis, legal diligence, immigration diligence, etc.

Process Timing

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An early stage venture fund for immigrant-founded startups

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