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EPISODE 86: Good Things Sprout from Venture Capital

Featuring Kristina Milke of Sprout.VC

For Episode 86 of Amplify Your Business, we’re joined by Kristina Milke of Sprout.vc. Kristina is a founding partner of Sprout.vc—a venture capital fund that focuses in empowering seed-stage B2B SaaS technology companies between Manitoba and British Columbia.


Our questions for today focus on the topic of what venture capitalists look for in the companies they invest in.

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(0:58) Is there a reason you chose B2B SaaS as a specific style of business to invest in?

(1:55) What is your backstory—how did you get to where you are now?

(8:36) How did the pandemic change the funding landscape?

(10:16) How many funders do you typically have in your funds?

(10:40) What kind of investment level does it take to get into these funds?

(11:20) What makes an accredited investor?

(12:05) Your journey to this point has been filled with great opportunities and positions—is that typical for venture capital partners?

(15:12) What energizes you about this field?

(17:32) How do you decide which businesses to invest in?

(21:25) With these funds, is there a set number of companies you want to invest in?

(23:05) How long do you want to be invested in a company before you exit

(23:37) You mentioned looking for diversity in the founding group of an applicant—what does that diversity look like?

(25:00) When a company walks into the room, what are you looking for in their presentation? How far along do they need to be?

(27:55) For fans of Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den, they will have seen the funders offer advice and day-to-day oversight of the company. Is that a part of your value proposition?

(29:51) Is venture capital a male-dominated industry?

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To connect with Sprout.vc or to apply as a company, you can visit their website at www.sprout.vc, or contact kristina@sprout.vc! Thank you, Kristina, for joining us!

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