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Better Ventures: Backing Entrepreneurs Building a Better World
Walske, Jennifer , and Laura D'Andrea Tyson
Publication date: 1/1/2017, pages 1-24

This case centers on BV as it seeks to raise $20 million for its first standalone fund between 2014 and 2016. Wes Selke and Rick Moss, the two BV co-founders, decided to raise Better Ventures Fund II. This fund would allow BV to make larger initial investments in its early stage portfolio companies and provide needed capital to make add-on investments in subsequent financing rounds. The case discusses the challenges of raising capital for this new fund and BV's investment and impact theses, deal sourcing, post-investment approach and the next steps for BV, after successfully raising this first-time fund.
 


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