Seminar  |  08/30/2017 | 12:00 PM  –  01:30 PM

Brown Bag Seminar: Deep Pockets and Valuation of Start-ups

Veikko Thiele (Queen's University)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Room 313

Staged financing of start-ups can be achieved with different investor constellations. One is that companies obtain funding from different investors at different stages. Another is that a deep pocketed investor continues investing in the company across multiple stages, usually as part of a syndicate. The valuation of start-ups is influenced by investor constellations, in particular strategic interactions between outside investors and deep-pocketed insiders. Our theory models the investment choices and valuations of start-ups, deriving advantages and disadvantages of deep pocketed investors. The analysis explains the significance of pro-rata investments, and the role of pre-emptive rights.

Contact person: Felix Pöge