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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Scout Program

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Investment Focus

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in disruptive inventions and trends in the Enterprise, Consumer, and Healthcare sectors. The Lightspeed team has funded hundreds of entrepreneurs and helped grow over 400 businesses across the world, including Snap, Affirm, Nest, Nutanix, AppDynamics, MuleSoft, OYO, Guardant, and GrubHub, over the last two decades. With investment specialists and advisers in Silicon Valley, Israel, India, China, Southeast Asia, and Europe, Lightspeed and its affiliates presently manage $10.5 billion throughout the worldwide Lightspeed platform. Over the past two decades, the firm has backed more than 400 companies, including Snapchat, Affirm, MuleSoft, and AppDynamics.‍

Enterprise, consumer, big data, bitcoin, enterprise technology, cleantech, mobile, internet, financial technology, cloud solutions, e-commerce, storage, media, networking, energy, and software, software-as-a-service, information technology, biotechnology, and social are among the sectors in which Lightspeed Venture Partners invests. It primarily invests in the United States, Europe, Israel, China, and India, among other nations.

The company was created in 2000 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with operations in Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, and Herzelia Pituach, Israel.

Scout Program Details

The Lightspeed Scout Program brings together excellent entrepreneurs, potential investors, and operators who want to improve their abilities and track record as early-stage investors. Scouts benefit from Lightspeed's financial, programmatic, and community assistance. Scouts work with Lightspeed Partners and their fellow Scouts to invest in aspiring entrepreneurs in their network and build their personal investment strategy.

The Lightspeed Scout Program, began in 2020 and brings together persons from the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander communities to get support and money as they enter the venture business.

Lightspeed hopes that their scout program's increased focus on representation will inspire the next generation of venture leaders.

The Lightspeed Scout Program has proved throughout the years that varied involvement is critical in reaching founders from URM backgrounds. LaDante McMillon and Ivan Alo started their own fund, NEW AGE CAPITAL, after entering our Lightspeed Scout program in 2018, and 2019 Lightspeed Scout Monique Woodard started CAKE VENTURES. They've since invested in Oui the People, The Coven, Encantos Media Studios, and HealNow, among others.

Program Format

An onboarding training, frequent check-ins with your Lightspeed Investor, and opportunity to discuss transactions and trends as a cohort are all part of Scout programming.

Lightspeed's onboarding program, led by investors, delves into the foundations of early-stage investment, including sourcing and networking, identifying prospects, helping founders, and more.

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Further Reading

Big Investors on Campus: Why VCs are scouting student startups

For decades, venture capital firms followed a standard playbook: target promising startups as they hit their stride and invest up to $10 million or so for a series A round. But the rules were changing in 2009, when Sequoia Capital helped raise $2 million for use by Y Combinator, a seed funder gaining a high-profile reputation for making small $20,000 bets on startups such as Dropbox and Scribd, both of which were conceived of by college kids.

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