Have you launched your own VC fund? Do you aspire to become an emerging manager? Learn how to set up and optimise your fund to standout!
Dario de Wet
5+ years in VC ($1.5B AUM fund) | Launched 2x funds | Ex-champion bike racer
I'm going to show you how to build a venture fund the right way.
We will focus on the building blocks of a strong and attractive fund proposition, the dos and don'ts, fundraising strategies and the most effective ways to communicate with LP prospects and raise your fund.
This is a live, interactive, cohort-based course. Each cohort has limited capacity and is open to applicants globally.
You're an existing emerging manager looking to optimise and enhance your fund offering.
You're a seasoned investor looking to spin-out and start your own fund, but you no longer have the comfort of a big brand behind you.
You aspire to start your own fund, are proactive and want to get ahead of the curve to understand all aspects of what this journey entails.
Acquire the skills and knowledge to successfully set up your venture fund. This includes the full suite of tools and considerations necessary to operate and deliver your key message accordingly.
Get direct insight into what a fund investor looks for, together with the tips and tricks that will best prepare you to attract investment into your fund.
Setting up your fund is one thing, but communicating your fund opportunity is key to turning this concept into a reality. Here, we will work on unpacking your pitch, how to standout from your peers and develop your fundraising strategy.
The VC industry is all about network. Joining this cohort plugs you directly into my global emerging manager community of 500+ funds alone. This, together with your cohort peers presents lifelong learning and an opportunity for knowledge-sharing, deal flow and all things VC!
Becoming an Emerging VC Fund Manager
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Founder & General Partner at LTV Capital
Hi, I'm Dario. When I first entered the VC world, I was always fixated on thesis development and futurist thinking. This set precedent for my keen interest to invest into the emerging manager VC ecosystem - deploying into six top-tier emerging fund managers and reviewing 500+ funds over the past 18-months.
During my early tenure at Anthemis, I built and invested into early-stage embedded finance plays in partnership with BBVA. I then co-led the development and fundraising of a first-of-its kind embedded finance fund at the intersection of media and financial services.
Despite a failed fundraise, this experience provided coalface exposure to both sides of the industry; setting the foundation for my desire to empower emerging managers.
As such, I have guest lectured on this topic at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre, served as a panelist on the Oxford and Harvard alumni's Founder & Funders series and sat on the LP Selection Committee of Europe’s leading tech VC LP community, ALLOCATE.
I also like to write articles on all-things related to VC, which you can find here.
But it's not all business for me. Outside of work, I am an ex-125cc motorcycle road racing champion. Motorcycle racing teaches you a lot about risk-taking and the balance between winning races versus championships. Inevitably, you will fall off (and potentially break some bones in the process).
The difference is that you need to get back up, learn from your mistake and go faster next time. In fact, due to mechanical failures at the beginning of my championship season (first full season), I had to win the final three races of the year, without putting a wheel wrong. And i did it.
It is this mindset that influences my approach towards the venture industry, and I want to share this with others.
Foundation - Unpacking Your 'WHY'
Here we'll unpack the key considerations and rationale for setting up your venture fund.Remember, it’s all about YOU, so get your notepads ready.
Narrative - Proactive VS Reactive
Thesis development is severely underrated in what has become a red ocean of undifferentiated and uniform venture funds. What sets you apart? Thinking differently. Unfortunately we can't see into the future (unless you're Yoda), but that's where I come in.
Materials - Standing Out From The Crowd
So you've established that building a fund is the right thing for you. You've got a solid value proposition, and you're hungry for the next step.
In this module we're focusing on all-things pitch deck related. You need to tell your story, and you need to do it damn well. Here you're going to learn how to do just that.
Fundamentals - Step Aside Zoolander, It's My Turn to Model
No, not that kind of modelling. In this module, we're focusing on fund economics. From best practices behind fee structure, portfolio construction and expected performance to capturing this through your model. This is what matters most to LPs.
Data Room - Putting It All Together
This module is all about how to set up your data room: what's required, what's missing and what we need to do to secure your first LP check.
Fundraising - GO!!!!!!!
It's time to put it all on the line. In the world of motorcycle rcacing, Valentino Rossi did just that (hence, the GO!!!!!!!). Here, I'm going to teach you how to develop and execute on your fundraising strategy. It's go time.
8:00am - 10:00am EST
10:00am - 11:00pm EST (Office Hours)
Here is your opportunity to ask me anything. Ideally, I'd love to work with your materials and provide direct feedback.
The Community (24/7)
If you have a burning question, the community and I are here at your disposal.
Build your network
Ecosystem is at the centre of the venture world. This course builds on live interactions to foster, grow and support your network as an emerging manager globally.
Be part of the first online Maven interactive course specifically designed to set up the next wave of talented emerging VC managers for long-term success.