Pollenizer: Investing in 10 Web Startups This Year

Mick Liubinskas | August 24, 2010 | Pollenizer News | 5 Comments |

Pollenizer wants to be a co-founder of your next web business.

Our goal: Invest our team and money in 10 web startups by June 30, 2011.

Pollenizer’s focus is on:

  • Startup, idea-stage web businesses,
  • In Australia,
  • Targeting consumers,
  • Commercially focused,
  • With a committed founder, with industry experience,
  • That need an experienced co-founder to invest time and money.

To clarify, Pollenizer only ever invests in businesses that we are already a shareholder in.

What do you get?

  • A majority shareholding.
  • A co-founder committed for two years.
  • A team of 15 in Australia and 55 in India across technology, marketing and business at your disposal.
  • Experience building over 80 web businesses, in ten countries, 100m users and $100m in revenue (portfolio).
  • A network of experts on call.
  • Access to our exclusive founders and friends discussion group.
  • Connection to Angel investors in Australia, Europe and USA (we’ve helped raised $5m in seed and angel investments in the past 12 months including Spreets).
  • Founder minimal viable income (in certain cases)

What does Pollenizer get?

  • 20-45% shareholding

Why Pollenizer?

  • We have a strong, committed team.
  • We have a reputation for integrity, action and results.
  • We are uniquely positioned between technology, entrepreneurialism and investment.
  • Our companies have already employed over 100 people.
  • We have made more than 14 investments, many outlined in our startup portfolio.

What is the process?

1. Starting Up

  • You come to a Startup Bootcamp. Held every few months.
  • You propose a partnership.
  • Pollenizer conducts basic due diligence on you and the business.
  • We sign an agreement and are co-founders for two years. (It’s all ‘we’ from here.)

2. Customer Development

  • We continue customer discovery and validation until confident.
  • We build out a minimal viable product and keep iterating until traction.
  • We get the company and ourselves investor ready, including pitch training.
  • We pitch the company until we raise capital from the right investors.

3. Growth

  • We put the team in place to grow the business towards profit.
  • Pollenizer transitions into advisory roles if required.
  • Exit or return on investment options are pursued.

Next Steps

If you’d like to talk to Pollenizer about being a co-founder in your next web business  contact us here.

If you’d like to invest in some of our web businesses, please contact us here.

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Hey I'm Mick, Pollenizer Co-founder & Mr Focus. I've learnt so much in the last ten years working on startups: - Focus makes everything easier, better, stronger; - You can't learn by thinking, only by doing; Team are critical; - Success is more about character than ideas. I love startups. You learn very fast and you can make an impact with one days work. You work with motivated, optimistic people. You see the first ideas, first products, first customers, first revenue. Some past businesses I've worked on include Spreets, Dealised, Oomph, WooBoard, Posse and Coachy. In my spare time I surf, play soccer, play basketball, have been known to partake in really bad karaoke, love travel, cooking and being a Dad.
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