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  • VC companies don’t necessarily have to set up a fund to invest – here’s why

    Engaging with investors is often like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. This is the feedback we got from entrepreneurs in the early days of setting up venture capital company HAVAÍC. Often entrepreneurs were told by an investor that they loved their business, but that the investment didn’t fit their investment or fund criteria. The entrepreneurs were seeking to access to funds from investors who demonstrate flexibility in terms of investment criteria and approach to evaluating businesses. Based on these learnings we formed a view that a venture capital (VC) firm which really wanted to make a difference in...