The Startup Tank

Pitch your startup to 4WARD.VC's angel syndicate and our VC investor panel

WHY APPLY?What is The Startup Tank?

YCombinator popularized the demo day. Shark Tank revolutionized the investor pitch. We take the best of both worlds combined with the Covid-fueled remote nature of everything to bring you The Startup tank presented by 4WARD.VC’s Angel Syndicate, the startup pitch fest where climate and impact-focused founders get to pitch to 4WARD.VC’s syndicate members, our guest investor panel and VCs tuning in from across the globe.

If you’ve ever wanted a chance to pitch your climate or societal impact startup in front of VCs and angel investors, now is your time to shine.

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Upcoming Dates

May 9th @ 9am PST (6pm CET)

May 23rd @ 9am PST (6pm CET)

June 6th @ 9am PST (6pm CET)

June 20th @ 9am PST (6pm CET)

July 18th @ 9am PST (6pm CET)

Previous Sessions

Past Presenting Companies
potiio - tech infused flavoring
MLCSpaces real estate tenant software white
Bottleplus consumer sparkling water
suind smart drones
Nebula music ipo
Bowlton Robotic Chef
Light Line robo delivery
NeoCarbon Carbon Capture
The Local One local regional groceries
Select Investor Panelists Include
sictic swiss ict investor club
Ubermorgen Ventures
4impact vc
Climate Capital
CNB Capital
Peak Capital
Zero Carbon Capital
Leonis Investissement
wingman ventures
C3 Investment Syndicate logo
sparrow ventures
vu venture partners

WHY JOIN?Presented by 4WARD.VC

4WARD.VC’s angel syndicate is an investment vehicle that allows you to invests in world-positive, carbon-neutral businesses that actively improve how we live by pushing the boundaries of environmental and social betterment.

Investment Criteria: 4WARD.VC’s syndicate invests alongside our fund in pre-seed and seed stage impact and climate startups tackling massive problems in the areas of commerce/ecommerce, platforms/marketplaces, consumer tech, fintech & blockchain, cleantech & climate change, B2B/enterprise, hardware-as-a-service and of course software/SaaS.

NOTE: Certain startup investment opportunities are only available for accredited investors (folks with net worth > $1M or yearly income of at least $200k).

NOTE: By applying to join our investor network, you are actively approaching us and by no means legally represents a solicitation of investment opportunities.

Investor FAQs

What's the advantage of investing via 4WARD.VC's angel syndicate?

In addition to increased deal flow and exposure to promising companies, investing via a syndicate is just more convenience. We find great startups, negotiate good terms, diligence the company and provide you with a deal memo and manage all of the legal aspects of setting up and running the SPV.

What is an SPV?

An SPV is a Special Purpose Vehicle, i.e., an LLC investment vehicle that we use to invest collectively in a startup.

Will I be on the company's cap table?

No. By joining our syndicate, you’re investing in membership of the SPV which then invests in the company on your behalf – meaning no additional legal complications/obligations/fees for you.

What is the minimum I can invest?

The minimum is $1000+ per deal, depending on the allocation we secure in the round.

Is it mandatory to invest or to take my pro-rata?

No. All investments are 100% optional for all members.

Is there a setup fee?

Yes. There is a $9,500 setup fee for every SPV we launch via Assure (a portfolio company btw 🙂

What does it mean to be an "accredited investor?"

An accredited investor is a US designation from the SEC which means either you’re net worth (excluding your home) is > $1M or you earned more than $200k/yr for at least the past two years.

Can non-accredited investors invest?

Yes, for certain deals (depending on jurisdiction).

NOTE: That Americans must be accredited investors in order to participate.

What is carry?

Carry stands for carried interest, which is a share of the profits. We charge a standard 20% for our syndicate which is paid out in exchange for negotiating the deal, performing due diligence, crafting the deal memo and setting up/running the SPV.

Startup FAQs

Does it cost anything?

Of course not! Participating in The Startup Tank is 100% free and if 4WARD.VC’s syndicate decides to invest in your company, our investors cover the small fees of setting up each SPV.

If I apply, does that mean I get to pitch?

After you apply, we vet all startup applicants and pick only the very best to invite to present at The Startup Tank.

Will there be other investors there as well?

Yes. And pitch sessions will be recorded as well and shared to further increase your exposure and help attracts investors and talent to your company.

What's the advantage of an SPV over individual investors?

With an SPV, there is only ONE line on your cap table – which keeps things clean for future investors. It also connects you with up to 249 investors who become vested in the success of your company and can be super helpful for your business in the future.

How much does 4WARD.VC's syndicate invest?

That depends on the company and the interest of our investor base but is typically not less than $100k.

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