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Unlocking the Secrets of Venture Capital

By LightCastle Analytics Wing

Venture Capital is the driving force behind entrepreneurship and innovation across the globe. Bangladesh is at the right stage where we are seeing a promising venture financing market – led by angel investments, Venture Capitals (VCs) and Private Equity players. Over the last decade we have seen increasing interest in this field both from private players and regulators, and currently we have a credible list of companies who operate in this space.

Given the high cost of funding, equity financing has emerged to be a popular alternate fund raising option for many local startups. Venture Capital firms are uniquely positioned to grab this opportunity and help fuel the economy and create growth opportunities for local uprising startups, both large and small. However, as with any emerging industry often the key success factors for venture funds are difficult to identify and remains a well-guarded secret.

In order to share the inner workings of venture capital and private equity firms, LightCastle Center for Advanced Learning (LCAL) organized a 3-day long training program “Unlocking the secrets of Venture Capital” facilitated by Rahul Joshi from 29 till 31 October. Rahul Joshi is the founder of India’s leading e-Governance online platform “FilingMantra” and has over 13 years of Investment Banking experience with organizations like Bennett Coleman & Co. (concern of Times Group of India) and UBS Investment Bank.

Other prominent guest instructors for this course included:

  • Shawkat Hossain, Managing Director & CEO of BD Venture limited.

  • Nazmul Karim CFA, Investment Manager of Aavishkaar.

  • Advocate Anita Ghazi Rahman, Founder & Partner of The Legal Circle, and

  • Saifur Rahman-PMP, CBAP, CSSBB, CEO at LightCastle Center for Advanced Learning.

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Over the course of that incredible 3-day experience, the participants had explored a wide area of venture capital and private equity world. Topics covered throughout this course were a brief Introduction to Venture Capital and Private Equity sector in Bangladesh; Assessment of Investment opportunities; Conducting Due diligence, Valuation Techniques, Entrepreneur Selection, Conducting Business and Market Analysis, Preparing Term sheets, Making the right Deal structure, Exit Strategies, Monitoring enterprise performance, and Agreements and Follow-up on Investments. Apart from classroom training, the participants were given multiple group activities and case studies to get a hands on learning experience during the 3-day long course.

Due to the positive feedback from the participants and demand from other stakeholders, another session will be organized in the first week of January next year.