aVenture unlocks access to world changing start-ups with a diversified portfolio strategy that has historically outperformed stocks.
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Over the past 30 years, venture capital funds have earned approximately 300% more than the U.S. (public) stock market. Alongside its greater volatility, venture capital has proven to provide greater returns over the long-run.
Investing $10k in 1990 into a CA Venture Capital Index fund would have been worth $775,000 in 2020, with the same amount in the S&P 500 growing to $226,000.
Over longer periods, venture capital as an asset class has continued to outperform the U.S. and other major stock markets, making it a strong candidate for inclusion in a diversified stock and bond portfolio.
Since 2006, the number of deals and the capital raised have been growing exponentially, reaching a total of $164 billion invested across 11,651 deals in 2020 alone. Venture capital has represented most of the fastest growing companies this century, becoming a significant and important asset class. With aVenture, it is now accessible for inclusion in ordinary investors' portfolios.
The venture capital asset class has become one of the most attractive available for long-term investment. Since 1984, venture funds have provided some of the highest returns across all asset classes, with a risk that is comparable to some public and private equity asset classes.
The research provides evidence that inclusion of venture capital in investment portfolios increases returns, may decrease overall risk, and therefore sits further along the efficient frontier than portfolios without venture capital included.
Invest across multiple industries, company sizes, locations, and more to reduce investment uncertainty. aVenture provides access to multiple funds with differing strategies and allocations, making it easier to diversify.
Venture capital and startup investing is illiquid. aVenture provides access to funds that maintain liquidity for some investors to perform withdrawals periodically, making investing accessible to all investors.
aVenture provides financial advisors with a fully-featured platform to manage venture capital investments, transactions, and research across many clients in one place.
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aVenture was built to solve three primary problems:
1) Making venture capital investments available to the general public, including for investors of nearly all sizes
2) Providing the easy ability to make ongoing contributions and periodic withdrawals (instead of contributions only at a fund's inception, and withdrawals only near its maturity)
3) Providing improved diversification when investing in startups by enabling investors to access multiple VC funds with ease on one platform
Additionally, aVenture connects the providers of such funds by:
- Enabling clients of financial advisors to add venture capital to their existing portfolios, and using the advisors existing technology systems
- Enabling fund managers to offer their venture capital and angel investment funds on an ongoing basis, and with liquidity for investors, on our platform
Yes, aVenture is designed specifically to make it possible to make ongoing investments and periodic withdrawals from venture capital funds. Investors will be able to make one-time and systematic investments at any time, and there will be periodic opportunities to make a withdrawal from funds as well.
Withdrawal requests are made possible by:
1) Each fund maintains a portion of its assets in cash equivalents for smaller expected withdrawal requests, and
2) Ongoing contributions to the funds by other investors
The combination of these two sources is expected to provide for many withdrawal requests over time. However, given the underlying illiquidity of venture capital investments, no assurance can be made that all withdrawal requests will be able to be honored, especially during extended periods of market decline or duress.
Nonetheless, all withdrawal requests are treated equally, and in the event that withdrawal requests in a particular period exceed total available cash and contributions for the period, than a pro-rata adjustment is made to all withdrawal requests equally, to provide partial liquidity to all. This is one of the many reasons venture capital should be considered a complement to, and not a replacement of other asset classes (e.g., public stocks, bonds, and most importantly, keeping sufficient cash reserves available).
The platform is available by invitation only prior to its launch later in 2022. You can join our waitlist to receive potential early access, along with announcements about the exact timing and availability of the platform.
The safety of the platform comes from a few perspectives, including:
Technology: We use bank-level security and encrypt the transmission of information using secure socket layer technology (SSL), including using secure cloud partners for all sensitive data. Our cloud partners include Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud for key elements of our platform. These technologies, procedures, and other measures are used to ensure that your data is safe and secure.
Policies: aVenture has a code of ethics and established policies in place that ensure all investors are treated equally. This impacts matters including the calculation and valuation of private companies owned inside aVenture funds, ensuring all investors in a fund have equal access to liquidity when making a withdrawal, along with each fund's requirements for maintaining a certain amount of liquidity to honor most expected withdrawal requests.
Your assets: Each client of aVenture has their funds held in separate legal custody, and aVenture is not an owner of client funds. This ensures the obligations of aVenture are isolated to aVenture, and its creditors have no legal rights to client funds held on the platform. This is the single most important step an investor can take to ensure the safety of their assets when investing.