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What is 2050

2050 Capital is an early stage deep tech and science investment syndicate. We invest in transformative and defensible innovation that impacts large fundamental sectors.

What we focus on

  • Enterprise software
  • Biotech
  • Engineering and scientific innovation

Typical deal

  • >10x exit potential in 3-7 yrs
  • $200k-1m syndicated checks 
  • Up to $3m round size
  • Minority stake (5-20%)
  • Lead or co-invest with sophisticated investors
  • Follow-on rights
  • Board, observer or advisory positions

What we bring

  • Capital – we invest $200k to $1m in 2-8 deals per year and provide follow-on capital. We lead or coinvest alongside VCs in up to $3m rounds
  • Commercial expertise – we are entrepreneurs turned investors and we support our investments during critical stages of commercialising innovation 
  • Network – we provide a bridge between Europe, USA, and Asia and our network includes experts, angel groups, and early stage VCs. We are part of the Chicago Booth venture ecosystem

What we look for

Key requirements:

  • Defensibility through IP and/or market adoption
  • Demonstrated hypothesis (science/engineering) or market demand (software)
  • Team with deep subject matter expertise and ability to attract talent

Detailed requirements:

  1. Deep technology, IP, or business defensibility that creates significant barriers to entry
  2. Traction
    1. Enterprise software – launched product or service and evidence of market demand from a sophisticated B2B clientele (e.g., pilots with paid customers, early revenues, or customer engagement)
    2. Biotech/Science – proven hypothesis / pre-clinical trials stage (e.g. animal models for biotech) or MVP (engineering)
  3. Team with deep subject matter expertise, drive, perseverance, and a demonstrated ability to attract and empower talent (established and ready to scale and/or identified near-term hires) 
  4. Big growing markets and global ambitions
  5. Profitable and scalable unit economics
  6. Clear and achievable 18-month plan with milestones and cash requirements
  7. Institutional or strategic participation (preferred)
  8. If UK-based, S/EIS qualifications (preferred)

What to expect in our DD process

  1. A quick initial decision. After an initial meeting and review of materials entrepreneurs can expect a quick initial decision process – within 7 days we will either pass or commit to a due diligence process
  2. A rigorous and collaborative DD deep dive. Our due diligence process will be focused on following areas: 
    • Product or Service, including IP (expert assessments)
    • Market (deep industry research) 
    • Team (interviews, references) 
    • Business (business plan assessment)
    • Customer interviews
    • Company basics (accounting, legal)

If everything looks good, we will syndicate an investment. If not, we will provide our work product to the company as constructive feedback.