is the venture investing landscape like today relative
to the needs of startup companies and investors?
venture investing environment remains rich with opportunity,
and there is plenty of money to fund startups. VCs, however,
are not as quick to plow cash into seed-stage companies as
they once were. The institutional funds are now larger and
placed with later-stage companies with higher valuations.
VCs are therefore steering away from seed-stage financing.
receiving institutional funding, technology startups must
now demonstrate much stronger
business plans, product and customer acquisition strategies,
strategic alliances and sustained revenue growth, among other
"assets." Artemis Ventures has foreseen the need to both provide
seed-stage financing and nurture young companies' growth
is there a need for a firm like Artemis Ventures?
offer a wealth of ideas about creating the "next great company",
but they often lack the knowledge to turn their dreams into
reality. We fill a crucial need to provide the solid experience
that startups require to quickly grow their businesses and
become fundable for larger investments. Our business-building
expertise helps entrepreneurs develop sustainable, long-term
business models and establish sound financing plans, as well
as create strategic alliances, product/service strategies,
and sales and distribution channels. Another value addition
is helping startups develop an extended team by helping fill
boards of directors and advisors and providing executive recruitment.
is the difference between Artemis Ventures and traditional
venture capital firms?
Ventures invests in and provides hands-on consulting for promising
startups. Since seed-stage deals require more time than the
average VC partner can allocate, venture capital firms are
not equipped to work closely with entrepreneurs who need significant
business-building guidance. Venture funds now prefer to offer
larger amounts in later-stage companies, investing only in
startups that meet their narrowing profile. By contrast, the
Artemis Ventures provides seed stage venture investing that,
combined with the firm's "high touch" strategic consulting
and "heavy lifting", helps your company accelerate its growth.
are your clients? Do you focus on specific industries?
invest in Infrastructure as defined by Robertson Stephens.
The recent Virtual Bricks 2: Internet Infrastructure
(May 2000) report names three broad layers of infrastructure:
Access, Hosting, and Outsourced eCommerce Applications.
Access layer includes Local Connectivity, Long-Haul Transport,
and Network Services Providers.
Hosting layer includes Shared or Dedicated Hosting, Complex
Hosting Services Providers, and Application Infrastructure
Outsourced eCommerce layer includes Application Service Providers,
eCommerce (e.g. Content Delivery, Load Balancing, Community
Management), and eMessaging (e.g. email, Collaboration, Voice
Over IP, XML, Calendaring, Secure email).
our portfolio and recent investments
can startup companies benefit by using Artemis services?
have over 40 years of experience helping young companies develop
their business models, build infrastructure, thrive through
intense growth periods, and sustain success. This approach
is designed to produce rapid valuation increases of three
to five times, as we groom startups for larger VC investments.
provide initial seed capital of up to $3 million (across two
financing rounds) per startup.This investment supplies critical
funding and helps our clients focus on growing their enterprises.
Artemis Ventures' partners maintain active board roles and
lend their business expertise (up to 5 days a month) to each
startup. This investment supplies critical funding and helps
our clients focus on growing their enterprises. Artemis Ventures'
partners maintain active board roles and lend their business
expertise (up to 5 days a month) to each startup.
with industry leaders nationwide, Artemis Ventures also offers
workshops to educate entrepreneurs about the key factors to
accelerate growth - finance, management and marketing strategies.
Our network of prominent industry experts provides the practical
knowledge that startups need most to build a foundation for
do investors benefit?
Artemis Ventures Fund affords investors pre-VC exposure
to early-stage entrepreneurial talent. By providing each
startup with our hands-on guidance, we've created a solid
foundation to help manage the risk in our venture fund.
This combination creates a constant stream of high quality
deals at stages substantially before institutional investors
usually participate - and with a greater return on investment.
VCs who participate at later-stage financing, Artemis Ventures
offers enhanced investment opportunities - pre-screened companies
that have matured to levels consistent with their guidelines.
are your criteria for selecting startup companies you work
Ventures is focused on business-to-business enterprise
and Internet software and services companies. This reflects
our belief that these are the most lucrative market segments.
We target only seed-stage companies with a promising technology
solution and a solid, though often incomplete, management
team. These startups' valuations generally range from $1
million to $4 million.
Ventures analyzes the depth of the entrepreneur's vision,
which can initially be more important than a business plan.
Our business-building expertise and collaborative approach
helps startups develop into well-rounded companies that are
prepared to scale and effectively compete in a constantly
there any other firms like Artemis Ventures?
number of firms, including VCs and angel investors, offer
senior level expertise to help their portfolio companies
grow. Others expose startups to a select group of potential
investors. None, however, combine the heavy lifting and
seed-stage financing that Artemis Ventures offers.