Early Stage Overview

Our investment team typically becomes involved early in a company’s development. Many of our initial investments occur prior to product availability. Our investments typically range in size from $500,000 proof-of-concept projects and seed financings to $40 million venture growth rounds. We maintain a hands-on approach, a rigorous investment process, and a steadfast commitment to our portfolio companies. Time and time again, we have seen that promising entrepreneurs need more than financial backing to succeed. We pride ourselves on our ability to foster growth at all stages in the start-up company development cycle.

Early-Stage Approach

Austin Ventures provides emerging and expansion-stage technology companies with a long-term investment approach, a proven ability to build value in the early stages, and access to an unparalleled network of executives, capital sources, and technology professionals. Although we invest at all phases of a company’s life, much of our investment activity occurs at the early stages, and certainly no investment opportunity is “too early” for our consideration. AV also funds larger, more established ventures, providing growth capital to expand operations, enter new markets, or finance acquisitions.  In making both types of investments, we aim to partner with proven entrepreneurs who have deep domain experience.

Why AV?

  • Dedicated and experienced Partners who offer hands-on support with a patient, long-term view
  • Proprietary relationships and network with world-class entrepreneurs in Texas and the U.S.
  • Track record of success in growing companies through M&A or IPO
  • Significant firm resources, including both a devoted Recruiting Partner with a 24-year record of placing
    top talent in the Texas market, and an experienced research team to assist with portfolio company needs
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Early-Stage Investment Profile

Start-UpsVenture Growth
Target GeographyPrimarily TexasPrimarily Texas
Company StageInitial Seed; Early StageGrowth; Expansion Stage
Sector FocusEnterprise IT
Internet / Digital Media
Internet / Digital Media
Business Services
Target Initial Investment$500K-$10MM$1MM-$40MM
Total Investment$10MM-$20MM$40MM-$80MM

Selected Investments