Kasia Zalewska: „I really like it, that we can be a little flexible as business angels. In my opinion, there is not a one straight way on how to create a strategy. The first question is: What do I want to achieve? What do I like to do, and what interests me? That is a good starting point on creating a strategy. Including things like: Should I invest in startups or in a different type of asset. What type of startup interests me, in which verticals, which problems they are solving.
Maybe the problem is not that important, and you just want to invest because of diversification and return. Try to define, what the ideal startup would be. How would you describe founders, the business model and that will help you narrow down your strategy.
We started investing in startups quite broadly. We said that we want a startup, who tackle climate change and sustainability. Ok, that was quite a broad topic, and we started looking around.
Then we decided that we wanted to invest in early stage startups, because of the ticket size. That was another part, in which stage you want to invest. What is your ticket size and in how many startups can you invest per year? Investing in startups takes a lot of time. That would be my advice, start building your strategy on how much time you can spend on doing it. This will tell you in how many startups you can invest per year.
I talked to many business angels, and they say, that they are looking in around 150 pitch decks to find one fitting and interesting startup to invest in. That takes a lot of time! That is one thing many people often overlook.
Our strategy is constantly evolving depending on where the deal flow is coming stronger and how our networking is developing.“