Syndicates allow angel investors to join the investing circle of a Lead Investor, and solicit access to deals being led by him. Once you join the Syndicate, you become among the first ones to know about a new deal that is being launched by the Syndicate. For example, if you back Sanjay’s Syndicate, anytime Sanjay starts a new deal, you will be informed about the deal and can participate in the deal before anyone else. Note that Sanjay may also choose to share the deal only with a select list of backers first, based on his discretion.
By joining a Syndicate, you leverage the experience of the Lead Investor and get early access to the Lead Investors deals. This is ideal for a new angel investor or an investor not having enough time to do his own due diligence on the Startup, and work with founders going forward to make the venture successful.
Lead Investors is usually an experienced and well known Angel Investor in the ecosystem. He/She attracts high quality deals because of his/her high brand value. He/She will do thorough business diligence to select the best Startup, negotiate the valuation and termsheet for the Startup, invest maybe 10-20% of the round himself/herself before launching it through his/her syndicate. The Lead will also pitch along with the Founder during pitching sessions and answer questions to interested Angel investors. After the round is completed, the Lead will most likely take a board seat and represent all other investors’ interests on the board of the Startup. The Lead will also mentor/advise the Startup during its formative years, coordinate quarterly reporting to all investors with LV help, ensure good governance and compliance, and also help with the future fundraise for the Startup. During any exit opportunity, he/she will also negotiate with the incoming investor representing the rights of all the other angel investors.
The Lead Syndicate model is an invite only feature at LetsVenture led by active seasoned Lead investors. The deals here are brought to LetsVenture and championed by the Lead.