7 Tales from 20 years of Deep Tech Life Science Venture Capital Investment
A conversation with Sebastien Groyer, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
In 16 years of supporting life science companies in raising capital and structuring deals with the pharma industry, I never felt that venture capital exists in abundance on the European market.
It always seemed that the market is very VC-friendly on the European stage - plenty of teams and technology meet with a scarcity of available funds.
This was the reason to start the LSG2G Lunch MeetUps in June 2017. I remember our first meetup with 15 Life Science Enthusiasts like Pharma Business Developer, Life Science Investors, Life Science Entrepreneurs, and Service Partners. We discussed the state of Investments in Biotech in Europe.
Availability of Venture Capital in Europe
According to Dealroom.co 2017, the transaction volume in life science companies in 2017 was about 3,7 billion euros.
In 2020 investments increased to 6 billion Euros, which was already achieved by July this year. It looks promising to see investments double since we started the LSG2G initiative in the last four years.
Sebastien Groyer - 20 Years Experience in Life Science Venture Investments
So far, to the analytics of Venture Investments in Biotech in Europe. Numbers are fine but leave a few important questions open.
Who are the people behind those numbers?
What stories did they write in their career?
What lessons did they learn in the world of VC Investments?
Business is always done between people, and sharing stories helps to understand how an industry works and how deep tech can be transformed into products that help the patients.
I am delighted to welcome to this episode Sebastien Groyer who brings 20 years of profound investment expertise to the conversation table. In this episode, he will share
7 Tales from 20 Years of Deep Tech Life Science Investments
and also will tell why he turned into a serial entrepreneur in 2021.
Video to this Episode:
02:35 How do VCs view planning in companies?
05:59 How to Approach Investors when Plans Change
11:00 What are Target Companies of VCs?
15:15 Are VCs Going for First Movers or Rather Established Markets?
19:30 How Detailed Should Business Plans be when Pitching to VCs?
23:50 Storytelling – From Rough to Detail
27:15 The Reality of VC Life
34:40 How Often Can You Follow Up with VCs before Ending Up on a Blacklist
38:54 What is the Right Time to Approach VCs?
40:40 How do VCs view companies in Fundraising Mode?
46:10 The Fundraising Process in a Company
48:15 Is the Fundraisngprocess Transactional, or do Relationships matter?
51:00 Fundraising – Similarities and Differences between the US and the European Approach
56:50 Entrepreneurship and Investors – Lifestyle or a Job?
01:00:00 The Role of Money in Different Societies
01:04:00 Why Do VCs Search for Exits?
01:11:00 Valuation Expectations of VCs
01:14:00 It is all about growth
01:19:00 When Does it Make Sense to Reach out to VCs?
01:23:00 Differences in the Value of Information in the B2B and B2C world
01:27:00 The Pros and Cons of being an Investor or Entrepreneur
01:30:00 Spirituality, Investment, and Entrepreneurship
01:34:30 What is the most important thing to consider when reaching out to VCs?
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When? October 10, 2021 - 3:30 PM
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