Update for the week - its a been a very busy and productive one, notable events below:
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING NEW PROPOSALS
Which is a pretty big milestone for us, this means we have finished processing the NCF backlog except for a final few companies which we will make announcements on as we can. We expect to make the first one next week in relation to the first investment decision assuming paperwork goes smoothly.
The process for submitting is outlined here: https://nemventures.io/submit-proposal/
Please note that is a MINIMUM requirement that all proposals sign and NDA and submit a pitch deck with an overview not only of the project/tech but also a summary business etc. Once that is submitted, we will review briefly and either progress, ask clarification questions to allow progression or reject the proposal. Assuming it progresses, the next step will be to submit:
- An up to date business plan
- Financial forecasts
This is non-negotiable, we are assessing companies, not projects, any submissions that do not have these will be put on hold or rejected out right.
Several private approaches have been made trying to avoid doing this - for clarity it is the company’s job to present the proposed business/investment and do the homework needed to be considered a viable proposal, not ours to write it for the company. We have put some tips on the FAQ to help with this process for anyone not familiar with the requirements https://nemventures.io/faq/
We have made very good progress this week and been accepted for a bank account in Gibraltar, there are some KYC processes to finish but we expect to have an account in the next 1-2 weeks. This has taken about 2 weeks end-end and is just one of the reasons why we selected Gibraltar as a jurisdiction.
We have engaged a strong OTC partner who is working very efficiently behind the scenes with us and being understanding of our fluid nature just now while all the legalities are sorted out. We expect to be able to announce the partnership in the next couple of weeks. Similar to the Bank, there are some KYC paperwork processes to finish off but in principle it is there and has a very cost effective rate.
While we were going through the incorporation and backlog, we allowed various companies to submit pitchdeck’s to go on hold pending opening to new submissions. There were 23 in the end, mainly from people who just missed the NCF cut off, or referrals via the NEM Foundation. We didn’t look at any of these while processing the backlog but have now gone through the first pass:
- Thirteen are coming into the first round of DD, the drop out rate in the round based on last time is likely to be about half
- Four are on hold awaiting further information or for known/expected reasons
- Six have been rejected, mainly due to not providing the required information
The way these will be processed is that the team will prioritise them based on attractiveness, need for funding, strategic relationships, responsiveness of the proposers etc. So we will not be processing chronologically as we did with the NCF backlog, this will be managed in more of a commercial manner and we will manage the queue as works most appropriately for NEM Ventures and ultimately the community.
Blockchain Token Association - Founding Membership
We have taken over the membership discussions with the BTA in order to secure access to the Verified Token Framework (VTF). This was originally being picked up by the Foundation but given the recent turmoil had stalled a bit. I have submitted our application and it has been accepted. NEM Ventures will now be paying the membership fee for this consortium on behalf of NEM generally and co-ordinate the relationship, bringing in the PMC etc where appropriate.
We have been speaking to a couple of promising early stage partnerships over the past two weeks that we hope to be able to share more in as they progress and we have finished appropriate due diligence on.
There will no doubt be some distractions with the vote coming up but we hope to focus more on progressing the remaining NCF backlog proposals and the new deal flow in parallel. We encourage every member of the community to vote on both proposals - your voice is important and if you don’t vote, you can’t really complain if the result isn’t what you wanted.
To confirm, NEM Ventures has maintained neutrality with regard to both proposals as the custom/precedent. We will not be using our corporate wallets to vote, similarly to how the Foundation entities managed our own vote - so as not to skew the results with large holdings and we presume the two entities involved in the proposals will be doing the same as is the custom. The directors will cast individual votes according to their own views and a free to vote as they choose with no direction being suggested from NEM Ventures.
Its been a busy week and great to see some positive new stories coming up about NEM / XEM