The Investment Process

This sections has been created to try and provide a central repository of information about NEM Ventures, questions that have come up which we feel would be useful to be available are added here as they come up.

You are welcomed to apply via our online application form

A pitch deck is a condensed view of the business plan, typically 10-15 slides that you could talk through in 10-15 mins. It explains what the problem is, what opportunities gained by or threats to being to solving it, how you intend to solve it, who else it trying to solve it and what you need to make it happen before them. It should contain some tech, but is primarily commercially focused – if technology makes up half your pitch deck, its probably got the wrong focus. The tech explanation will come separately, but it is not what investors are really interested in initially, we will assume the tech works if you say it does at this stage and dig into the detail later to confirm that.

A Pitch Deck is backed up by a business plan normally, and is easier to create if you have a plan already. We prefer it as a start point for reviews as it allows us to quickly understand something you are deeply embedded in but we are looking at for the first time. We don’t generally require the pitch deck to be presented, but there is no reason you couldn’t do that with a video recording or on a teleconference if you prefer as a follow up. Most good pitch decks stand alone as a document and are at a level similar to that of a good Crypto White Paper as a guideline.

We are not affiliated with any of these sites, nor do we accept solicitation from them to place links here, we do not warranty any of the information or flaw in it, use your own judgement. We have found them useful sources of information for companies/projects that are new to investment pack creation though:

  • Improve Presentation: A great explanation of what a Pitch Deck is, what to include and what not to include, they have some paid templates and packs at reasonable prices
  • Google Slide Template: A handy Google Slides template with most of the main topics covered for a product based company
  • Mix Panel: A simple template that was used by the company to raise significant funding in a tradition sense

For later stage companies it is somewhat simpler and fairly standard models now exist. The valuation of start-up stage companies particularly is subjective and is far from being a purely quantitative process. It is important to highlight that a commonly used model NPV / DCF (Net Present Value / Discounted Cash Flow) should not be used for pre-revenue generating companies, this is because it relies on actual revenue and a margin of error being applied to forecasting what that grows to. Using it on purely estimated financials will give an artificial valuation, usually significantly too high. This website provides a good, simple and easy to understand view on various models.

  • How the opportunity enhances, compliments or expands NEM ecosystem, XEM usage or profile of the NEM in general; essentially how well it fits with NEM and other investments.
  • Appetite to contribute to and work with the core values of the NEM Ventures and community, including contributions to services for charities or non-profit initiatives
  • Passion and commitment to create a differentiated product/service with longevity
  • Business model that exists, or can be created, to enable a positive net income in 18-24 months or less and how profitability increases as the company scales.
  • Have equity position and expertise required for a reasonable chance of success
  • Businesses have scope to quickly enter market and gain market share with potential to broaden its offering to develop new/multiple revenue streams.
  • Founding team, or we can explain the proposal and value in plain language on one page or in an elevator. If too complex, it is not well enough understood/thought out yet.
  • Subject to above criteria being met there will be no geographical or sectoral bias to limit concentration and provide a more balanced portfolio.
  • Able to provide all the minimum requirements for Due Diligence in a timely fashion, exact requirements will be clearly defined and openly communicated.

There are several ways this can occur and each investment will be tailored specifically to the company being invested in.  We do, however, prefer to settle in crypto.