Fundraising

Any had any success raising significant capital from Family offices?

Alex Vagner Inventor, disruptor with solid execution experience

July 28th, 2017

If so, i'd be interested to learn more about your experiences on how you were introduced and what was your general experience?

James Corbishley Inventor and sustainable energy startup

Last updated on July 28th, 2017

Yes. Well I haven't raised any actual capital yet but I'm in discussions with several investment angels which are two-way, and relate to fairly significant amounts of money.


I contacted these investment angels online using the channel they specified. I think unsolicited emails or letters just get thrown away without being read.


I believe working from home is a disadvantage. Investors and licensees much prefer business to business dealings, and also dealings which resemble business to business dealings in every way. I think it is an instinctive thing more than a logic thing. If something doesn't feel familiar, it doesn't feel right.


That said, it is not an absolute bar. Either your idea must be very good or alternatively, you must have a fairly strong personal track record.


It might be possible to bluff but only to some extent. For example, instead of meeting business associates at your home, you might want to arrange your first meetings in a prestigious hotel reception and use an accountant as your business address, but any overt lies are likely to be found out and will damage your credibility in the long term.

Steve Owens

July 28th, 2017

Fairly common way - I and many others have done it. Introductions generally happen through Angel groups and/or through accountants/lawyers/financial planners.

Wilson Foo 1 Project Per Year.

August 7th, 2017

Philanthropy events are a good place to spot Family Offices links. Each Family Office has their own investment thesis so they invest in a disciplined and structured manner.


The Family Office running the funds may be operated professionally but sometimes the owner of the funds might not be. I'm not sure about the American or European market but in Asia, some Family Office/Funds are tricky to manage.


At times, its better to make a pass because its not worth the challenge in the long run.

Gerald Reihsen Aggressive & innovative business building, deal-making, capital raising entrepreneur & consultant

August 6th, 2017

The family office investment space is unique and has its own ecosystem. I've raised equity in it and you really need to be keyed into that ecosystem and be able to focus on the family offices that are interested in your type of venture. Most family office investment is focused on fund, especially real estate fund, type investment. But you can find those who want to invest in early and venture stage operating enterprises and products. Once you identify the group that will be interested in your kind of dynamic, you need to hone down to a lead family office that is interested enough to closely study your opportunity and perform the usual investment due diligence. These lead types generally can bring along a group of family office and similar investors who trust that lead and will generally, after investment, rely on that lead to manage the investment.


Obtaining family office investment is an art. However, if you can connect with those who are familiar and skillful in the art it can be a great source of investment and provide partners who bring both cash and business advancement assistance.


Anyway, if you would like to discuss further, feel free to email me at greihsen@swordshieldlaw.com.


Gerry Reihsen

Joel Vicent Joseph Entrepreneur | Writer | Digital Marketing Influencer

August 1st, 2017

Can you give more details to what your asking please?

Joel Vicent Joseph Entrepreneur | Writer | Digital Marketing Influencer

August 1st, 2017

Can you give more details to what you're asking please?

Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

August 14th, 2017

I know of several people that have gotten money from family offices here in Hong Kong. They were introduced through pitch meetings, angel networks, and chat groups for trade associations.


One thing about family offices in HK is that they tend to be extremely secretive, so even the companies that I know that have gotten money from family offices aren't at liberty to talk too much about the details.