OmniValley has cultivated a social community, specifically designed for investors seeking to enter under-ventured and unfamiliar markets. Our platform provides transparency and access into entrepreneurial ecosystems, regardless of geography or market size, and enables our members to create new and impactful relationships across the globe.
- The OmniValley network is made up of individual angels, angel groups, accelerators, venture capital firms, corporate venture groups, and limited partners of all sizes. The platform houses more than 400 active investment organizations and accredited individuals spanning 6 continents. The OmniValley team recently exited the Capital Innovators accelerator program and are now looking for strategic relationships among investors who have an interest in growing, supporting, and connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems.
- As venture capital and entrepreneurship continue to expand outside of the normal hubs, there needs to be a more efficient way to connect ecosystems through a trusted network. OmniValley is that network.
- As a member, investors can connect and learn quickly from others with similar preferences, increase their portfolio exposure, and bring new relationships to their own communities. OmniValley places all communities in a secure room and grants them direct access to strategic connections: accelerators, institutional investors, and venture capital leaders.
The new market conditions of remote work have brought forth challenges to many businesses, but have created significant opportunities for the venture capital industry. The data and trends on investment dollars spent elsewhere had already begun to point to the Midwest and other, once peripheral markets before the pandemic took over; however, we are now operating without geographical advantages/disadvantages, leading to an increasing need to connect into untapped regions and discover new investor connections and promising startup companies.
Entrepreneurship and startup activities exist in all regions and societies around the world, yet institutional and venture capital investments remain extremely concentrated to a few areas. These epicenters include the greater San Francisco area, Boston, and New York City markets where startup companies receive close to 80% of all venture investment year over year .
The return on capital provided to investors does not justify the disproportionate sum of funding given to these centralized locations. The largest investors have begun to notice this trend in relative performance and have started to shift their way of thinking. Throughout 2016, 1,192 institutions and VC firms made at least 1 startup-related investment outside of SF, Boston, and NYC. The number of investors jumped in 2017 to 1,344; over a 12% increase in new investors in one year .
Today, most understand that entrepreneurs can build something innovative and succeed from anywhere. Still, it continues to be difficult for investors to navigate and cover these unfamiliar areas.
According to one OmniValley member, Unshackled Ventures, “It is far too much work to assess these outside markets. Before OmniValley and what the team will grow it into, we previously had few connections into these places so they continued to go overlooked. With the platform, I can directly interact with these market participants and make important connections for my firm.”
Furthermore, Bobby Franklin, President of the National Venture Capital Association stated that, “To work with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem, investors as a whole are increasingly engaging with accelerators and startup founders.”
This outlines the problems that OmniValley addresses within this flawed market. The reason investors don’t source more deals elsewhere is not because they only have an interest in coastal startups, but because they do not have an efficient way of being introduced to peripheral, unknown markets. Investors attempting to enter new startup ecosystems are unfamiliar with the local markets and uncomfortable with the lack of transparency.
OmniValley’s inherent value lies in connecting local communities to experienced investor members who are interested in discovering new ecosystems. Startup accelerators offer this first connection point into emerging regions. These are the local boots-on-the-ground operators who also struggle in their own right to attract these investors. While data providers and other relationship-matching networks exist, none of them seem to understand that the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the fostering of startup communities begins at the very early, granular, and local levels.
- Source: The Martin Prosperity Institute - 2019
- Source: Pitchbook Data - 2018
“We’re now seeing these pockets of technology companies spring up all over outside of Silicon Valley. While we may not have the density of the Silicon Valley, we’ve found that all the talent we need is right here in Michigan. Investors are coming to me.”
OmniValley focuses on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and solves the existing problems within a market ripe for disruption. The platform utilizes member-driven data to create an experience for its community that is both simple to use and increasingly valuable. Because we seek to accelerate the exchange of the most critical, relationship-forming information, we don’t ask our members to fill out endless questionnaires or gather past data to populate a newsfeed. We only collect high-level and defining criteria that are very descriptive and rarely changing. This allows our Members to better showcase themselves, highlight their portfolios, and to form more curated connections based on what matters most to them.
OmniValley continues to work with its members to implement the desired tools to make data gathering easier and to foster strategically-filtered and curated relationships:
- Market Transparency
Due to the investment duration and competition worries, VC fund and startup company investments have been historically challenging to monitor. OmniValley’s platform data is inputted, maintained, and updated by each individual profile owner, thereby offering needed transparency for all members active in startup company and venture fund investing.
- Curated, Private Community
OmniValley platform members must meet current eligibility requirements in order to maintain and grow a community of well-curated peers. In doing so, the platform’s members are given a trusted place to share otherwise sensitive data and information to only like-minded, operationally similar peers. By focusing on exclusivity, the network becomes inherently more attractive to future members.
- Meaningful and Fast Connections
OmniValley members will be offered startup company or fund email templates to be sent directly to “followers” and other interested and matching members. This enables receiving members to see up-to-date metrics on companies and funds directly marketed by the sending, investor members. The platform elicits faster, more strategic connections based on filtered data sent in real-time. While providers and other industry networks exist, data collection has been the core focus behind connecting startup ecosystems. OmniValley differs in that we are intently focused on building the relationship tools to create stronger, faster relationships.
- Portfolio Company Exposure
Given the present need in today's world and having heard from our members, we will be opening a startup company directory to live separately from the Investor platform. This will enable current members to showcase their portfolios and startup companies they are working with to the rest of the investor community on OmniValley. Members will soon be able to have company information sent directly to those interested from anywhere in this virtual world.
- OmniValley Intelligence
Soon to be introduced, we plan to extrapolate member-inputted data to launch a co-investor mapping and portfolio company tracking visualization tool. Members will have the ability to plug in their portfolio companies and metrics to have a curated list of potential co-investors and connections based on specifics and past data matching their own investment preferences. Members will be able to connect with one another through past and present portfolio company information.
OmniValley is cultivating a strong and collaborative network of investment firms, funds, and individuals. We are intently focused on building the tools and functionalities for the platform to make it conducive for all members involved. We have planned out freemium to premium subscription offerings to enable profitability while continuing to rapidly scale our member base.
Additional streams of revenue over the next year will come from service provider placement on our benefits and partners page, as well as small subscription fees paid to OmniValley by the startup company profile side.
In order to ramp up our membership numbers to target revenue faster, we intend to create sustainable network effects through content positioning and brand awareness, increase our advertising spend, and continue to funnel our technology roadmap through to execution and launch.
Less than 20% of our total market resides where nearly 80% of venture funding happens – leaving so many needing the exhibition and access points that OmniValley can provide. OmniValley has an addressable market of more than 17k targeted organizations, groups, and 4M angel targeted investor profile members. And these numbers are both growing.
Online platforms and databases focused on startup investments are controlled by a number of players, two of which are AngelList and PitchBook Data. AngelList has a network of individual accredited investors looking to directly invest into startup companies. It is open source and allows 2,700+ accredited investors to form groups and/or individually reach out to all startups on their network. PitchBook utilizes its 600 employees to populate widely sourced data on companies to be provided to its subscribing customers. While each competitor has positively grown over the years, AngelList’s user base is overcrowded and lacks direction and PitchBook relies on previously disclosed data and is controlled by the PitchBook team. By allowing all types of investors on their network, AngelList has become a group think-tank where one syndicate can lead others to certain startup investments. In doing so, users are investing alongside those still focused on the usual, larger markets. PitchBook, however, only consolidates the data on these groups and companies, giving their subscribers extensive filters to sift through scraped information.
Investors are becoming conscious as to whether the stale data and often incorrect contact information being provided justifies their hefty subscription fees. What these competitors lack by way of a well-curated, relationship-focused network and trusted data shared in real-time are what OmniValley sees as market-changing opportunities.
OmniValley serves this targeted market as the only online platform centered on connecting small-scale entrepreneurial regions to large, strategic, and new investors. Unlike our competitors, OmniValley offers member-inputted information provided in real-time to a select, interested network. Institutions, corporations, and VC firms can relate to accelerators and the building of smaller ecosystems as they too often have altruistically like-minded missions to foster growth in their own communities.
The platform is a trusted peer network where information and interactions are based on each member’s own discretion. Outdated or stale data is not being scraped nor inputted from other sources. OmniValley’s platform focuses on fostering introductions and creating otherwise nonexistent relationships based on the most important qualitative and quantitative member inputs.
Since our inception in 2018:
- We’ve conducted interviews with over 300 targeted members and continue to speak with new referrals on a daily basis. From those asked to register on the OmniValley platform, the adoption rate exceeds 90%.
- The platform opened with 25 members on March 1, 2018 and has since grown to over 400 active organization profile members in 2020.
- 200+ unique ecosystems/markets
- 6 continents represented
- 100+ new investor-to-investor connections sourced
- Proudly aligned with the Global Accelerator Network. Their team has been tremendously supportive and helpful in introducing us to their growing network of accelerator organizations as well as promoting OmniValley to their distribution.
The team is confident given the growth in member rates and the overwhelmingly positive support provided by current and future members, that OmniValley will meet its targeted benchmarks and provided increased economic benefits to local communities.
The OmniValley team is led by 4 individuals with the appreciated support of those within the industry and groups around the world. Our founder, Grady Buchanan has spent the bulk of his corporate career within the institutional investment world investing in both accelerator and venture capital funds. John Bruehler, our team’s technical expert, has done a fantastic job in building out the platform you see today and we're happy to say that we’ve been able to develop and keep this in house. And Zack Genthe and Justin Bui come from the consulting world, chemical engineering and new product development, respectfully. Zack and Justin also each bring MBA degrees and unique insights and backgrounds to our growing team.
On the advisory side, Henry Chi and Paul Plakut work alongside the OmniValley core team. As the portfolio manager for St. Louis-based accelerator, Capital Innovators, Henry manages the growing portfolio of over 120 companies. His responsibilities include sourcing new investments, due diligence, legal negotiations and investor relations. Henry works directly with OmniValley on legal and compliance adherence as well as providing guidance on fundraising, business development and talent recruitment for OmniValley. As technical advisor, Paul Plakut works in concert with John Bruehler and the OmniValley team in structuring and planning the technical product roadmap, new build and feature initiatives, and divisional setup planning for team expansion and onboarding. OmniValley holds formal monthly advisory board meetings in addition to their open communication with these individuals.
Grady Buchanan is an institutional and risk-based asset allocation professional. His focuses include venture capital fund investments as well connecting startup ecosystems across the globe. Seeing a need for an online social community to foster entrepreneurial ecosystem growth, Grady co-founded OmniValley. OmniValley is a network of institutional investors, venture capital firms, accelerators and ecosystem supporters, to connect under-ventured entrepreneurial ecosystems to sophisticated, strategic, and interested investors, sponsors, and mentors. Grady received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Zack Genthe is the co-founder and COO at OmniValley. Zack manages the day-to-day internal operations of the company alongside collaborative efforts in strategic planning with OmniValley’s CEO and core team. He is a dynamic leader and decision maker capable of managing multifaceted positions in diverse organizations. He is a continuous learner capable of applying engineering and business principles to solve complex problems and concepts at OmniValley. Zack has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John Bruehler serves as CTO at OmniValley. He is responsible for strategic and technical planning and execution. Previously, John spent time in Chicago where he helped build a wide variety of software products specific to the social networking and venture capital spaces. He is focused on leading development of product features which support institutional investors, venture capital firms, and accelerators, to build stronger entrepreneurial ecosystems. John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Biology from the University of Illinois.
Justin is a relationship driven and analytical leader, who has worked with reputable clients from different industries through his technology consulting experience at Deloitte. As head of sales and marketing for OmniValley, Justin is a key member with the primary goal of growing and scaling the exclusive network. He is responsible for implementing strategies that bring the value of the platform and network to our members. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from University of Minnesota.
Advisors and Investors
Henry manages the growing Capital Innovators portfolio of over 120 companies. His responsibilities include sourcing new investments, due diligence, legal negotiations and investor relations. In addition, Henry provides guidance on fundraising, business development and talent recruitment for portfolio companies. He previously held roles at a leading equity crowdfunding firm, tech startups and the United States Attorney’s Office. Henry holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and a BA from UC Irvine.
Coming from over 15 years of consulting experience with digital transformation in the B2B manufacturing and distributing space, Paul not only brings a unique approach to technical innovation but has also built and managed organizations. His super power is his thirst for knowledge. Paul studied Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Use of Proceeds
If the offering's maximum amount of $250,000 is raised:
|Use||Value||% of Proceeds|
|Compensation for managers||$50,000||20.0%|
|Sales and Marketing||$75,000||30.0%|
|Overhead, SGA, legal, accounting||$12,750||5.1%|
This is an offering of Common Stock, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in OmniValley, Inc.. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by March 27, 2021 at 12:59am ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. OmniValley may issue additional securities to raise up to $250,000, the offering’s maximum.
If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:
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