Uniborn is a platform that helps investors find, fund and amplify purpose-driven startups. Unlike other venture platforms, Uniborn grants emerging investors access to the high-grade deals of seasoned investors and offers microfunds to syndicates (rather than Special Purpose Vehicles, or SPVs). This reduces syndication expenses by at least a factor of two, customizes terms for diverse investor tiers, and simplifies execution of cross-border co-investments.
It also makes regulatory compliance simpler, provides tax transparency and privacy, ensures liquidity on the secondary market and takes administrative costs out of the equation. In the end, each syndicate saves between $7,000 and $10,000 and requires fewer human resources as well.
How did you come up with the idea for the company?
When my kid was born, I realized that I had not yet come up with a strategy to ensure she would be financially secure when she grew up. I thought that I should double down on allocating my long-term savings in the venture assets class. However, top-tier VC funds didn’t seem super excited about my regular but relatively tiny tickets (I don’t know why), and this was the start of my idea for Uniborn.
I decided to create a platform where seasoned angels, operators, and small-ticket investors could come together and easily share their access to startups they believe in without the frustration, hassle and red tape that usually accompanies the venture capital scene.
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How has the company evolved over the last couple of years?
We are a few weeks away from the private beta, which is an exciting time for us. Currently, we are waiting for the final accreditation from the regulators and are finalizing the platform’s architecture. While we do this, we are also actively building a community of venture capitalists, founders and operators across Europe who are eager to connect and co-invest in promising startups seamlessly.
As of now, we are a team of just six full-time staff members. We are running a lean operation for now because we picked up just the right amount of initial funding to kick off the launch and syndicate our first few deals on the platform.
What can we hope to see from Uniborn in the future?
The goal is for Uniborn to be the ultimate platform for anyone wishing to get access to the most exciting and most rewarding asset class. We want everyone to know that we are here to facilitate their entire venture journey from beginning to end. This includes everything from writing small cheques alongside seasoned angels and leading venture capital funds to gaining traction in the venture capital community, building a solid reputation, and finally launching your own VC fund if that’s your dream.
We want to see entrepreneurs and investors (both big and small!) succeed beyond their wildest dreams, so we have big plans to continue growing, expanding and serving those communities as best as we can.