Venture Capital

  • Venture Capital

Mandate

Vodia Ventures sees market opportunities arising across fundamental economic and social prosperity drivers including cleantech, food security and public health.  See our portfolio companies.

Investment Philosophy

Vodia Ventures, LLC, is the direct investment arm of Vodia Capital built on Vodia’s successful track record of investing in the public markets (equities, fixed income and commodities) using a sustainable value-creation approach.

Vodia Ventures was founded to create financial and societal value through seed-stage private investments in technology-based companies in the sectors of cleantech, food security and public health.  We believe these three areas share key structural characteristics that are primed for technology-enabled innovation leading to long-term value creation.

The company founders who understand both the current value proposition and the needs of a global society will create significant value for their stakeholders. We often work with co-investors to build consensus and help navigate management through critical challenges or business model pivots.  We further seek out strategic relationships with entities that can assist our portfolio companies in building the internal and external capacities to scale responsibly and profitably.

Using an investment thesis grounded in sustainability and value creation, we have the flexibility to seek intentionality of capital deployment with traditional venture style returns.

  • For the tech-focused investor, the investment provides the opportunity to participate in advancing technologies with the potential to be truly transformative.
  • For impact investors, this approach opens the opportunity to combine their ideals around society and sustainability with investment dollars.
  • For those with legacy in mind, this process creates the opportunity to leave latter generations with a better quality of life extending beyond mere financial security.

This website does not constitute an offer, or a solicitation of an offer, to sell any security or provide investment services to any person in any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation.  This website is not a prospectus or an advertisement of any investment vehicle or product, and no offering is intended to be made hereby (to the public or otherwise).

This website does not constitute an offer, or a solicitation of an offer, to sell any security or provide investment services to any person in any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation. This website is not a prospectus or an advertisement of any investment vehicle or product, and no offering is intended to be made hereby (to the public or otherwise).

Working with Us

If you are a founder seeking capital, finding the right investor(s) may seem like a money problem, but in reality it is mostly about alignment.

Regarding money, Vodia Ventures makes seed capital investments typically in the range of $100k-$500k.  We may occasionally do deals on our own but prefer to invest alongside other investors, to bring the best possible set of resources to bear for each portfolio company’s success.  We are most interested in companies that are structured to require less than $10 million total equity capital to become self-sustaining, high-value concerns.  Our investment approach is tied to our goal of long-term value creation:  we want to assist founders to achieve their company’s full potential, deliver significant stakeholder value, and reap a fair portion of that value.

Vodia Ventures is all about helping to commercialize creative, practical solutions.  Within that scope, a good prospect is a technology-based company with little or no prior investment, seeking less than $1 million in the current seed or A round.  A well-aligned company will also have:

  1. immediate or near-term potential to deliver outsize benefit to a wide swath of stakeholders
  2. a credible and defensible market proposition through intellectual property
  3. a reasonable strategic approach for selling its product or service and building long term value
  4. a dedicated and qualified team that has robust internal relationships and demonstrates willingness to question their own preconceptions
  5. a clear path to either a conventional exit or a structured exit.

Business models which will not garner our attention include those which are expressly dependent on regulation, government subsidy, or other exogenous factors;  require more than $10 million to reach self-sufficiency;  primarily serve customers willing to pay a “feel good” premium;  or are essentially philanthropic.  While these may be perfectly sound propositions in their own right, they are not well aligned with our mandate.

Vodia Ventures has set its sights on cultivating innovative teams.   We believe Georges Doriot was spot on when he famously said, “a creative man merely has ideas;  a resourceful man makes them practical.”  We also believe that chemistry is critical to success in making creative ideas practical, so we look for founder teams with great chemistry, both within the team and with us as well.