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We offer companies that are…
Ideal niche sectors that are big enough to be economically interesting.
Have enterprise value of at least $500,000.
Offer control or minority equity investments.
Provide opportunity for sellers to retain significant equity upside.
Planned investment horizon of 3 to 7 years.
Why Aspen Capital Fund Opportunity Deal Flow?
Funding for startups is concentrated in just three states – California, New York, and Massachusetts. Despite record levels, these three states account for 80% of the total dollars committed in later-stage companies.
Startup ecosystems around the country are suffering because of this concentration of funding activity. Founders across the country struggle to find funding. Investors are not rewarded on the same level with the amount of risk they assume. It’s an outdated and antiquated process.
There is a funding gap, and the current process needs to innovate.
The Venture Fund Problem
Venture Funds today:
- High Fees – 2 and 20 fee structure.
- Inefficient – Long funding cycles.
- Tax – Few account for tax incentives.
- Reporting – inconsistent, if any, standardized reporting.
Because of this venture capitalists (VCs) are forced to find a “unicorn”, that rare opportunity. This creates an assumption of risk that contributes to underperformance. The funding cycle requires intense due diligence and is completed on a deal-by-deal basis. Plus, fee structures create perverse incentives.
Unstoppable Investors at Aspen Capital Fund
Our unique solution will accelerate funding for startups in underserved areas while improving outcomes for the investor. Utilizing often overlooked tax laws along with an entirely new approach that more closely mirrors the public markets, our process will change the way investors think about venture capital. Rather than the deal-seeking we see today, investors will be building generational wealth. We have named it Unstoppable Investors.
While this structure was originally designed to serve a growing interest in place-based impact investing. Because of this, our platform is applied to thematic funds, focusing on (female-founded, Hispanic-founded, startups).
The foundation of our process is transparency, utilizing Aspen Capital Fund investor relations services. A transparent and disciplined process is a necessary component to optimize outcomes for startups and investors alike.
Concrete funding milestones
● Company specific analytics
● Portfolio level overview
Aspen Capital Fund requires all startups to report standardized monthly operating information prior to becoming a portfolio holding and funding is dependent on a commitment to maintaining this transparency. This continued data serves as the basis of our ICAN IR (Immerse and Converse Analysis and Investor Relations), which provides investors with operational insights at the company level and at the portfolio level when aggregated. ICAN IR is part of the standardized and professionally curated reports that are used to objectively track each company’s progress through the stages of the startup lifecycle.
The process by which companies are selected for funding is identical across the Unstoppable Investors process. By identifying the common characteristics of companies that failed and excluding them, the online application process filters out those companies from the opportunity set to deliver a portfolio that exemplifies the characteristics of successful companies. This process mitigates much of the bias in the selection process and further mitigates risk at the portfolio level.
This transparency and execution tracking is what allows Unstoppable Investors to apply a disciplined, systematic approach to allocating capital to early-stage startups efficiently via our Metrica model. The Metrica model employs a systematic approach involving specific selection criteria to efficiently invest in a pool of early-stage companies.
To give startups efficient access to initial funding while managing risk for investors, the recommended capital allocation follows the Kelly Criterion whereby the dollars invested grow with improving odds of success.
Rather than deploying most of the capital (typically two-thirds) in the initial investment and reserving a small amount (one-third) for continued funding, Unstoppable Investors will invest only 10% (of their venture allocation) initially, reserving the majority of capital for those companies that display clear evidence of execution and progress facilitated by ICAN IR.
Investors are encouraged to let time and execution define which companies merit follow-on funding in which 25% (of their venture allocation) is invested in follow-on investment vehicle.
50% is reserved for those companies that have proven to have the best potential for financial return.
Participating in the Fund allows CEOs access to an audience of interested investors with (presumably) more capital to commit in follow-on funding. They can show why they are a better investment just by reporting.
Qualified Small Business Stock Tax Information
Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) treatment of angel investments are often overlooked as tax codes that can incentivize investors by reducing the after-tax risk and raising the after-tax returns.
- 1244 – Loss Treatment
Losses are above the (AGI) line deductions. Shareholders can deduct QSB stock as ordinary losses should the startup fail. With charitable donations treated as below the line deductions, a startup investment is a better tax break!
Applies to individuals 1 investing in a C-corp startup. Must invest in the first $1M of capital in an equity-like instrument.
- 1202 – Gains Treatment
Profits from exits are 100% tax free. Permanent tax exclusion of 100% of gains on the sale or exchange of QSB stock acquired after September 27, 2010 and held for more than 5 years. $10 million limit on exclusion for each transaction.
Applies to individuals 1 investing in a C-corp startup. Startup must make a product (not a service business).
1045 Exchange – Gains Rollover
- 1202 gains can be reinvested tax free. Shareholders can roll over capital gains from the sale of QSB stock pre-tax if other QSB stock is purchased. Five-year holding period for 100% tax exclusion under §1202 can be met with a holding period of new investments.
Applies to individuals 1 investing in a C-corp startup. Must reinvest within 60 days from exit into another QSB.
1 Investors must invest directly or via a pass-through entity such as an LLC or revocable trust into an equity-like instrument such as preferred stock or a convertible security. Investing through a debt instrument such as a convertible note does not qualify.
The Aspen Capital and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.
The Basics of the Kelly Criterion
There are two basic components to the Kelly Criterion. The first is the win probability or the probability that any given trade will return a positive amount. The second is the win/loss ratio. This ratio is the total positive trade amounts divided by the total negative trade amounts.
These two factors are then put into Kelly’s equation which is:
The output of the equation, K%, is the Kelly percentage, which has a variety of real-world applications. Investors can use it to determine how much of their portfolio should be allocated to each investment.