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Dubai - United Arab Emirates Strategy, M&A
Associate
2 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +22
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Madrid, Spain Strategy, Venture Capital
Manager
6 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
  • +12
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong M&A, Private Equity
Senior
10 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • M&A
  • Due Diligence
  • Market Research
  • +2
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Madrid, Spain Strategy, M&A
Senior
4 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +3
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Turkey Strategy, M&A
Associate
7 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +10
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Paris, France M&A
Senior
2 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +4
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New York, NY, USA Strategy, M&A
Manager
12 years experience
  • Venture Financing
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +12
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Zürich, Switzerland M&A, Private Equity
Manager
5 years experience
  • Venture Financing
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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Venture Financing Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Venture Financing talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Venture Financing professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Venture Financing talent and are able to provide clients with Venture Financing professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Venture Financing professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Venture Financing consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Venture Financing consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Venture Financing talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Venture Financing talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Venture Financing consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Venture Financing

What is Venture Financing?
Venture financing is an investment made by a third party in exchange for equity in a business or company. It generally comes with strings attached like receiving certain percentages of voting rights (known as “preferred stock”) and the expectation that they will see substantial returns on their investment at some point in time. Venture investors also hope that their investments help to catalyze innovation and create competition in markets where there are currently few options available. Venture financing is a lot like the traditional angel investor model that’s been around for almost a century. The difference is that with angel investing, you’re limited to individuals and families who have money to invest. With venture funding, any individual or company is allowed to invest in startups

Venture Financing and Venture Capitalists

Venture Capitalists are the professional variety of investor who are known for taking huge risks by investing in companies that are still in development. They tend to focus on seed stage startups, but will sometimes even invest after a company has “graduated” from the seed stage. The key to how these investors make their money is that they get special perks or shares of stock that are usually worth more than what they gave to the company at first. VCs come in all different shapes and sizes, but most of them work with angel investors as well as other VC’s to pool their resources together. The more investors that are involved in buying shares of a company, the less equity the company will have. Thus it is important that a startup considers who its VCs are and what their intentions are, because it could mean the difference between owning a huge chunk of the business later down the road or being lucky to get anything at all.

How Fintalent Consultants Can Help Your Business Attract Venture Financing

Fintalent’s Capital Raising Experts as well as its pool of freelance Market Evaluation Specialists and Product Strategy Consultants can help startups attract VC’s to finance their ventures. By helping to position businesses adequately for VC financing, our consultants can help businesses leverage on the ever growing presence of VC’s. Venture Capitalists are looking for companies that have monstrous growth potential, an idea that can really catch on, and of course something new. They are usually focused on large returns quickly, which means they are looking for companies that are already established or have at least one product that’s already completed. They also look for teams with experience in building companies before. If your product is already mature, they may not be interested because your company will probably already have funding from somewhere else. Lastly, they look for companies that are able to be built into huge companies that will eventually go public or get bought out by another company. Our experts can help you identify your areas of strength and position your business adequately.

The first advice from Fintalent consultants is to help you decide if venture capital is right for you. The venture capital model can be very appealing because often times the only required investment is your time, but beware of the risks associated with this type of financing. You should ask yourself if this money will actually help you build your business up rather than just line some investors’ pockets. If so, then venture financing might be worth considering, but whatever you do don’t forget about all the other types of funding out there too.

Next you’ll want to decide exactly what you need the money for. Venture capital is extremely complicated because it’s structured differently for each business based on its stage of development. If you’re at the seed stage , this means that you already have a prototype or an idea, but no product yet. In other words, you may have a “beta” product, but nothing that’s been completed yet. In this case venture capitalists will give you money to use to develop your idea even further and make it into a real product.

If you’re at the Series A stage , this means that you’ve either just created your product or are very close to creating it. At this point venture capitalists will give you money to help grow your company and pay for marketing to better promote your product.

Finally, if you’re at the Series B stage , you’ll need capital to help build out your existing business by hiring more employees, expanding into different markets, and developing new features for your product or service. Like what was mentioned earlier, venture capitalists take larger stakes in companies that are more mature because they assume that these companies will take off much faster since they already have something established before they even receive the startup money.

Other Ways Fintalent’s Freelance Consultants Can Help Raise Money for Your Venture

Raising money through the peer-to-peer method is very similar to how it’s done in the traditional funding model, but instead of going through banks or going on the stock exchange, you go directly to other people that are interested in investing alongside you.

Along with venture capital, angel investors also provide funding to companies in exchange for equity. Angel investors typically provide funding for start-up businesses that are just getting off the ground. Angel investing is often an individual investment in the business person’s personal investment portfolio whereas venture capital may be an investment made by a venture capital fund.

A recent trend is the rise of crowdfunding platforms. These platforms allow individuals to invest small amounts of money in order to lend support or make a return on their investment. For example, when a consumer pre-orders a product from a crowdfunding platform, they are investing in that company in exchange for rewards. In contrast to traditional venture financing, this type of financing does not come with the same level of risk because the individual investors do not receive equity in the company. However, investors may make a return on their investment if the business becomes wildly successful or is acquired by another company at a later time.

Helping firms raise money for their venture can be challenging and rewarding, but it does require a lot of initiative. Understanding that in return for the funding provided, there are generally some restrictions on an investment or an exit of an investment from one or both investors. The restrictions on investments may include the requirement that the company’s business plan be approved by a committee of investors, a management buy-out option be purchased, a pre-determined valuation given by the fund manager during the course of the product valuation process or an agreement that any proceeds from an exit have been obtained prior to being sold by either party. In order to secure investment, there will also be a requirement that the company seek financing elsewhere in the form of debt financing or private equity financing. All of these require a high level of expertise to accomplish and often makes the hiring of an expert an indispensable part of a successful venture. Fintalent provides a one-stop-shop for all of your finance expert needs with a wide pool of highly qualified and experienced consultants to handle every aspect of financial consultancy and venture financing.

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»Inorganic growth is a big part of our strategy. We were looking for a global partner to help us with our buy-side M&A projects, and found Fintalent. From first contact to project start took less than 2 weeks. The quality of talent is exceptional. Now, we’re already talking to potential targets.«

Bart van Acker
Bart van Acker
CEO, QbD Group

As a founder CEO, I’ve been evaluating our exit readiness and other options. Fintalent.io provided me with an expert who helped me to understand the value of our business. He took a closer look at our internal KPI and structures, to make sure we’re set up in the most professional way possible.

Bernd Bube
Bernd Bube
Founder & CEO, Advendio

»Fintalent was able to provide consulting advice in very little time for one of our latest M&A projects. The support was hands-on, pragmatic and of high quality and was as a result critical to advance the project we were not able to properly address in the classical way.«

Dr. Fabian Kley
Dr. Fabian Kley
Head of Group Strategy and M&A at MAN Energy Solutions SE