Lakeside professional - Funding and support for commercial ventures
Lakeside pro-bono - Funding and support for social or other non-commercial ventures
For entrepreneurs and ventures looking for funding and / or advice.
Our professional line was created to support investments in commercial ventures. Its purpose is to raise startup and growth funding and support for young and quickly grow-ing companies. These investments support entrepreneurship and innovation, but they also target to earn a decent return on investment. Non-profit funding is covered in our pro-bono line.
We welcome the submission of investment proposals and are excited to get in touch with innovative business ideas and the entrepreneurs behind them.
How does the investment process work?
Contact us with a teaser via email or phone.
If your proposal catches our interest we contact you and invite you to submit your case and fund-ing proposal.
We evaluate your proposal (typically within 2 weeks) along our investment criteria (see below).
In case both parties are interested we invite you to present and discuss your case.
If at least one investor of the Lakeside network states interest to invest we will negotiate a term sheet.
Once the invest proposal and supporting documentation is ready we publish the investment proposal to our network of investors.
In parallel we enter the due diligence phase and draft the invest contracts.
If the deal is confirmed and investments are committed the contracts are signed and notarized.
What are our investment selection criteria?
The proposal provides a realistic and attractive business and growth opportunity
(cumulative revenue in first 5 years > 30 MEUR, revenue growth > 20%)
Convincing business concept with a differentiated value proposition (Substantiated USPs)
Realistic and attractive financials (net income from year 3-5 > invest in years 1-2 , internal rate of return (IRR) > 20%, 10-year NPV / invest > 3, payback period < 5 years (may be extended for tech startups))
Strong and entrepreneurial leadership team (4C - competence, commitment, charisma, creativity)
An effective operating model (Profit margin, operational performance vs. competition)
Well explained funding proposal and willingness to offer appropriate investment terms
(capital sources & uses, appropriate return on invest for investors)
What do we offer?
As part of invest process (deal based):
Business plan & business case evaluation & feedback
Evaluation of suitable and fair terms between investors and ventures
Term sheet generation and contract generation (shared)
Expert advice and process support
Lead generation and networking
Fund raising support
As part of our invest consulting we support (billed):