What is VenCat?

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VenCat is the idea of a group of UK and Dutch Business Angels led by Hans Patyne, formerly in financial markets and a business angel since 2001. (See Meet the founder of VenCat for an interview.) VenCat is short for Venture Catalyst, a revolutionary new service that makes the investment process easier, more transparent and faster.

Here’s how we do it:

  • VenCat helps Startup Businesses to answer, in advance, the questions that Angel Investors always ask.
  • VenCat offers Angel Investors data that is sanity-checked, investor relevant, standardised and searchable.
  • Startup Businesses can build up a track record and their followers receive notifications of important events and milestones reached.
  • Experts are available to provide payable support to Startup Businesses and Angel Investors on specific issues such as legal, market research, IT due diligence, etc.

Why VenCat?

Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs start businesses each year which at some point will require external funding. Getting into contact with investors is challenging. Pitched concepts are only one amongst the many ways. One has to get noticed, at events, investor meetings etc.

Through VenCat, new firms are discoverable 24/7.

On their part, Angel Investors are confronted with a massive number of possible invest-able concepts. Their challenge is to select viable businesses – let alone ‘winners’ or ‘unicorns’. It involves attending events, hearing pitches and ploughing through tons of pdf ‘decks’ – which are all different and rarely answer all the essential questions.

Through VenCat, investors can screen, compare, follow and contact new ventures at their convenience.

Both Startup Businesses and Angel Investors benefit from expert advice in different fields, at different points in the cycle.

Through VenCat, Experts are available to provide a flexible, payable service.

How Does VenCat Work?

  • Startup Businesses submit Reference Data using VenCat’s ProfileBuilder module.
  • After completion, the business will be ‘discoverable’ by investors who, anonymously, view Public Data and upon request, and submission of a profile, Private Data.
  • At each stage, the Startup Business has full control over the data it wishes to share.
  • Angel Investors can decline, ask for more information, request to become a follower and/or contact the company.
  • VenCat is not involved in any negotiations between Angel Investors and Startup Businesses and does NOT receive any commissions on investments made.
  • Experts negotiate terms of service directly. VenCat does not receive any commissions on contracts.

USE OF DATA ON VENCAT

  • VenCat is GDPR compliant.
  • VenCat performs a basic sanity check on data and profiles submitted by Startup Businesses, Angel Investors and Experts.
  • If submitted data or profiles are found suspect, or lacking qualifications, the parties concerned will not be admitted to or will be removed from VenCat.
  • Before making any investment, investors must carry out due diligence on the business, its directors and financials. VenCat’s basic sanity check cannot in any way serve as ‘due diligence’.
  • VenCat does not communicate any individual data to third parties outside VenCat.
  • VenCat will use anonymised data for statistical purposes.

What is VenCat?

Group of people looking at a monitor.
Play Video

VenCat is the idea of a group of UK and Dutch Business Angels led by Hans Patyne, formerly in financial markets and a business angel since 2001. (See Meet the founder of VenCat for an interview.) VenCat is short for Venture Catalyst, a revolutionary new service that makes the investment process easier, more transparent and faster.

Here’s how we do it:

  • VenCat helps Startup Businesses to answer, in advance, the questions that Angel Investors always ask.
  • VenCat offers Angel Investors data that is sanity-checked, investor relevant, standardised and searchable.
  • Startup Businesses can build up a track record and their followers receive notifications of important events and milestones reached.
  • Experts are available to provide payable support to Startup Businesses and Angel Investors on specific issues such as legal, market research, IT due diligence, etc.

Why VenCat?

Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs start businesses each year which at some point will require external funding. Getting into contact with investors is challenging. Pitched concepts are only one amongst the many ways. One has to get noticed, at events, investor meetings etc.

Through VenCat, new firms are discoverable 24/7.

On their part, Angel Investors are confronted with a massive number of possible invest-able concepts. Their challenge is to select viable businesses – let alone ‘winners’ or ‘unicorns’. It involves attending events, hearing pitches and ploughing through tons of pdf ‘decks’ – which are all different and rarely answer all the essential questions.

Through VenCat, investors can screen, compare, follow and contact new ventures at their convenience.

Both Startup Businesses and Angel Investors benefit from expert advice in different fields, at different points in the cycle.

Through VenCat, Experts are available to provide a flexible, payable service.

How Does VenCat Work?

  • Startup Businesses submit Reference Data using VenCat’s ProfileBuilder module.
  • After completion, the business will be ‘discoverable’ by investors who, anonymously, view Public Data and upon request, and submission of a profile, Private Data.
  • At each stage, the Startup Business has full control over the data it wishes to share.
  • Angel Investors can decline, ask for more information, request to become a follower and/or contact the company.
  • VenCat is not involved in any negotiations between Angel Investors and Startup Businesses and does NOT receive any commissions on investments made.
  • Experts negotiate terms of service directly. VenCat does not receive any commissions on contracts.

USE OF DATA ON VENCAT

  • VenCat is GDPR compliant.
  • VenCat performs a basic sanity check on data and profiles submitted by Startup Businesses, Angel Investors and Experts.
  • If submitted data or profiles are found suspect, or lacking qualifications, the parties concerned will not be admitted to or will be removed from VenCat.
  • Before making any investment, investors must carry out due diligence on the business, its directors and financials. VenCat’s basic sanity check cannot in any way serve as ‘due diligence’.
  • VenCat does not communicate any individual data to third parties outside VenCat.
  • VenCat will use anonymised data for statistical purposes.