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Guest Post by Alexander Kiltz – UVC Partners

Alexander Kiltz is an Associate at Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners), a Munich-based early-stage VC fund. In his guest post, he introduces UVC Partners and points out why especially the first institutional investment rounds are challenging for startups and how UVC Partners and our platform try to make things easier.

For first-time founders, the fundraising process can be quite a daunting and opaque process. Especially for their first institutional investment round – usually a seed round – the amount of preparation will be high and the learning curve steep. Preparing the necessary documents is one thing, identifying and approaching investors is another thing.

At UVC Partners, we aim at being as approachable as possible to make it easier for first-time founders without established networks in the startup industry to reach out to us. Thus, we believe in the value a platform such as VentureZphere and Startbase can bring to both founders and us as investors. For founders, gaining a holistic overview of the investor landscape with all its nuances (e.g. industry, stage and geographic focus, ticket sizes, fund sizes, lead investor capabilities) is invaluable. Identifying the right investment partner for a startup is crucial as this is a long-term partnership. Therefore, understanding the differences between venture capital funds is important in determining which investors could be the best fit for your startup. For us as investors, it helps us with being as approachable as possible. We want to be transparent about what we do and what we look for in terms of investment focus. Thus, in this regard, Startbase will help us connect to exciting first-time founders.

Talking about being transparent, here is some more information about us: As an early-stage venture capital fund, we are investing in B2B startups at the seed, series A and early series B stage across Europe. Within the B2B space, we focus especially on startups in the fields of enterprise software, industrial technologies and mobility. We invest in both software and hardware startups. Our typical check size ranges from € 0.5 – 3 million initially, and we are able to deploy up to € 12 million per company. In the past, we have invested in companies such as FlixBus, Free2Move (fka Carjump; sold to Groupe PSA), FAZUA, fos4X, Blickfeld, KONUX, i2x, Innoactive, TWAICE, shyftplan, Vimcar and others.

Although being independent of UnternehmerTUM, our portfolio companies benefit from our close cooperation with Europe’s leading innovation and business creation center. With over 180 employees and more than 100 industry partners, UnternehmerTUM can draw from many years of experience in establishing young companies. This cooperation enables us to offer startups unique access to talent, industry customers, and other financial partners. You can find more information about us on our website www.uvcpartners.com.

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