VC Funding for Seed-Focused Investments

Industry

Financial Services

Company Type

Venture Capital

Location

NY, US

Size

$20,000,000

Investment Type

Equity

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Helping Great Companies Grow

Overview

  • Studio VC is seeking +/- $20 million for its second fund (“Fund II”)
    • recently completed its first closing
    • has invested in its first two deals and seeking more opportunities
    • commitments of $5 million or more will be entitled to co-investment rights
  • Makes seed-focused investments in high-growth, high-impact early-stage companies that can take leadership positions primarily in the technology, media and consumer industries
  • Partners with venture companies by investing capital and taking an active role in strategic planning, product feedback and business development
  • Founded by Liam Lynch, Internet executive and investor, and Joe Coyne, venture capitalist with Bain Capital Ventures and Samsung NEXT Ventures
  • Fund I totaled $5 million and has been a top decile performer among 2015 vintage VC funds (2.8x TVPI, 38% IRR)
    • approximately $1 million has been returned to investors with another $1 million reinvested into new opportunities
    • Liam Lynch has a TVPI of ~9x on his personal VC investments
    • detailed information regarding Fund I performance available upon request
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Helping Great Companies Grow

Opportunity

  • With increasing access to capital, entrepreneurs are selecting investors that provide startup experience, domain expertise, personal networks and the ability to help solve problems
  • Liam Lynch has personally invested $1.6 million across 17 angel opportunities – currently valued at about $14 million (9x over 5 years)
  • Studio VC is generating consistently expanding deal flow
  • Opportunity to take a leadership position in seed investment rounds
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Helping Great Companies Grow

Solution/Strategy

  • Studio VC takes a differentiated approach to seed investing
    • active role helping to build the companies in which it invests to help improve outcomes
    • product and business development, strategy, fundraising, exit opportunities, etc.
    • eight highly accomplished advisors guide on operations, finance and strategy
  • Strong access to deal flow combined with insight into successful operators
    • Liam Lynch brings significant operational experience – acquired and managed eight strategic companies in prior capacity and scaled one company to $600 million in revenue with strong margins
    • Joe Coyne brings broad network of close relationships with top-tier VC firms, corporations and industry leaders
  • Highly selective and opportunistic investment process across several industries
    • thus far, over 1,300 opportunities screened vs. 14 investments
    • industries include AI, SaaS, transportation logistics, digital media, RE tech, fintech, Consumer Internet
    • focus on investment opportunities designed to capitalize on identified societal and behavioral changes
    • seek to scale-up companies at key growth milestones
    • plan to make follow-on investments as appropriate
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Helping Great Companies Grow

Management

Liam Lynch

Founder, Managing Partner

  • Entrepreneur and venture capitalist
  • Managed and acquired businesses as a top media executive
  • Invested in dozens of ventures
  • As an executive of Key Brand Entertainment, was the driving force behind the acquisition and growth of Broadway.com to transform it into the premier destination for content and tickets
  • MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. BA from Rhodes College. Additional studies at Oxford

Joseph Coyne

Partner, Chief Investment Officer

  • Leads investment activity
  • Helped build the Samsung NEXT Venture Capital team
  • Began venture capital career at Bain Capital Ventures
  • Worked as an investment banker in M&A at Merrill Lynch
  • B.B.A. from University of Wisconsin. MBA from Harvard Business School

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Thanks, Ken

Ken Margolis | Managing Partner Castle Placement, LLC
1460 Broadway Street, Rte 400
New York, New York 10036
(212) 418-1188 | C: (516) 712-7784
kmargolis@castleplacement.com

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