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Monday, July 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Startup Financing: Path to Funding and Maximizing Value

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Venture capital's performance at a national level has been outstanding over the last several years, with investors and Limited Partners being more eager than ever to invest. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, 2020 was a record year for venture fundraising and deployment, with nearly $80 billion in capital raised – and 2021 is on pace to top $100 billion.
However, while this is good news for the U.S., a deeper look at regional venture capital trends in 2020 reveal challenges for up-and-coming innovation hotspots like Colorado:
  • An increasing amount of capital is concentrated within large venture capital funds and fewer emerging funds have been capitalized in recent years, with 2020 being a low spot since the great recession. This declining number of small venture capital funds is problematic because they are essential in leading investment rounds and investing in early/seed stage companies.
  • An increasing amount of capital is concentrated in coastal regions, leaving companies in Mid-America with a scarce availability of local capital.
  • While Colorado topped $2.5B in VC capital invested in startup ventures, we estimate that 95% of this capital came from out-of-state investment. To sustain a long-term innovation ecosystem, states like Colorado must address this significant imbalance in capital concentration.
In this venture capital environment, what options do entrepreneurs have for finding investors that will lead financing rounds, support entrepreneurs building high-tech companies, and accelerate the path to a successful exit?

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Tim Jones

General Partner ICI Fund, Innosphere Ventures

Monday July 12, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT