Before the Accelerator there was the school of hard-knocks, possibly followed by business school. Before the Lean Canvas there was the Business Plan.… · More Before the Launch festival and Shark Tank, there was the Business Plan Competition. Usually accessible only to MBA students, what was once an academic exercise, today's startups take advantage of as much non-dilutive capital, company-showcasing practice, and no-strings feedback to validate their - usually research-backed - businesses. For instance, Rice University Business Plan Competition teams have raised over $1.8 billion in capital and exit dollars ($233+ million last year). See: http://www.ricebusinessplancompetition.com/pdf/2016-success-stories.pdf
SIVI will syndicate all of its deals which will be hand-picked from the best of the best of current and past Business Plan Competitions, with a focus on team, traction and technology. We have special access to deal-flow as lead investor Nicholas Seet won the Rice University Business Plan Competition in 2005, winning over $1MM in prizes and investments, and grew his company Auditude to become one of the world's largest video-ad servers before exiting to Adobe Corporation in 2005.