How to Land a Meeting with Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures

Before you can apply for the Startup Visa Program, you need a commitment from a designated investor.  To help you prepare for and land a meeting with one of these notable investors, we will be featuring interviews on our blog with various designated VCs and angels in the coming weeks.

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To kick off the series of interviews, it seemed fitting to highlight Boris Wertz first, as he is one of the Founders and advocates of the Startup Visa Initiative.

Boris is also one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of Version One Ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 40 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, GoInstant (acquired by Salesforce), Indiegogo, Indochino, Julep, Sparkbuy (acquired by Google), Summify (acquired by Twitter), Top Hat Monocle, Tynt (acquired by 33across) and Wattpad. Boris is also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver-based start-up accelerator.

As an entrepreneur first, Boris knows first hand what is like to be in your shoes and is excited for the opportunity to discover more great entrepreneurs to invest in from around the globe. I caught up with Boris this week to find out more about his investment portfolio and Startup Visa Selection Process.

Maura: What kinds of companies does Version One invest in?  

BW: Version One Ventures invests in Seed and Series A opportunities in 3 areas: Software-as-a-service (SaaS), e-commerce and marketplaces/platforms. We invest across North-America and have done over 40 investments to date.

You were one of the early investors in the Summify team from Romania. Why did you invest in Founders Cristian and Mircea?

We like to invest in passionate entrepreneurs with deep domain knowledge. Entrepreneurs with great product and design instincts. Entrepreneurs who want to change the world but know that in order to do so, they need help. And Cristian and Mircea were all of that: great entrepreneurs with a strong technical background who came up with a very interesting and innovative idea.

What is the best way for immigrant entrepreneurs to contact you about investment and what should they send you?

The best way is to send me a link to the product (so I can test it out) and an Executive Summary/One Pager, which describes how the entrepreneurs think around the overall opportunity.

What is your Startup Visa selection process like?

I usually look at new opportunities within 24 hours and if I am interested, I will schedule an intro call with an entrepreneur to learn more.

If they get to the meeting stage, should the founder(s) be prepared to walk you through a pitch presentation?

Pitch decks are a good tool to give a complete overview of the opportunity and show how the founders are thinking about it – but I am equally happy to just have a discussion about the product, the market and the team without following a presentation deck.

Recommended: Before you reach out, I encourage you to check out the Version One Blog and the companies in their portfolio to see if your startup would be a good fit. Also, take the time to get to know Boris online by following him on Twitter and check out his AngelList Profile.

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4 comments on “How to Land a Meeting with Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures
  1. sam472 says:

    Maurarodgers…..Hello…..
    I want to contact angel investors for start up visa process…
    Can you please guide me how to contact them initially by mail….or phone call.
    Also please guide me what to send them initially like my profile, current business profile or some feasible bussiness plan for canada.
    Please do needful….
    Kindly provide Canadian Angel Organization mail address for initial meet.
    Thanks in advance…Thanks a lot…
    SAM.

  2. maurarodgers says:

    Hi Sam,

    There are currently 3 Canadian Angel Organizations for you to reach out to. Information is still limited on their sites but here is what I found:

    Angel One Network has a tab on their site for Startup Visa with some details including companies they will NOT invest in. Check it out first before reaching out. http://www.angelonenetwork.ca/start-up-visa.html
    You can email them specifically for Startup Visa Inquiries at suv@angelonenetwork.ca

    First Angel Network doesn’t seem to have specific information on their site for Startup Visa Canada but you can email them at info@firstangelnetwork.ca

    Golden Triangle Angelnet asks for you to submit a one pager about your company via their website: http://www.goldentriangleangelnet.ca/

    A couple of suggestions for you:
    First, check out each of the angel sites above and their portfolio to see if you are a company the would be interested in investing in. Then, send an introductory email with a link to your product (if available) and a one pager/executive summary on your company.

    I hope that each of the angel groups update their sites soon with more info on their Startup Visa Process.

    Until then, I hope this helps.

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  4. Mohammad says:

    Hi, I contacted many companies they say first send us your business plan then we will see. is there any recognized consulting firms helping me to prepare my market research and business plan?

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