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Investment Memo

An investment memo (also known as a deal memo or deal memorandum)is a crisp and clear way to layout and pitch your company to potential investors. Memos are a clear and concise document to lay out strategic vision, rationale, and expectations for an investment, project, product or strategy.

An investment memo is a crisp and clear way to layout and pitch your company to potential investors. Traditionally in venture capital, many firms will write their own investment memo when determining if they should invest in a new company or not.

Memos are an easy way for stakeholders to form conviction around an idea. This is especially true when it comes to sharing an investment memo with potential investors but also holds true when using a memo for a product or strategic decision. An investment memo is essentially just that, it’s a memo outlining your position on the subject matter, and why you believe this is important moving forward.

Among startups, most founders associate pitch decks with a fundraise. However, investment memos have made a presence in the space over the last few years.

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Investment Memo

An investment memo (also known as a deal memo or deal memorandum)is a crisp and clear way to layout and pitch your company to potential investors. Memos are a clear and concise document to lay out strategic vision, rationale, and expectations for an investment, project, product or strategy.

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Venture Capital

A venture capital firm is usually a private partnership that are funded by wealthy individuals and organisations. Larger investment banks, pension funds, and even university endowments also invest in VC firms. In some cases, companies themselves provide capital to VC firms.

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Angel Investor

An angel investor is considered to be high-net-worth individuals who invests their own money (i.e., funds from their personal savings or from capital that they have earned from the sale of other business interests) in startups and small, growing firms.

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Investment Allocation

The investment allocation is the portion of the total round that is set aside for a specific investor. This is usually communicated in dollars but can be expressed as a percentage of the total round. For example, 100,000 or 14% of the round.

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Startup Accelerator

A startup accelerator program provides startups with financial investment, education, mentorship and networking that can help transform their early-stage companies into a successful business venture.

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Accredited Investor

An accredited investor is a person or group with enough wealth to be able to make certain types of investment.

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Venture Partner

A person, usually loosely associated with a venture capital firm, who helps the firm source new deals, find new limited partners, evaluate incoming startups, or help startups in the portfolio.

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Scout

In startups and venture capital, a scout is a person who helps investors source new deals.

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