Creating an investment thesis that incorporates founder well-being

10/07/2019 11.25 - 11.55

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The best venture capitalists don’t just invest in companies — they invest in people. But strangely, this human-focus is missing from most firms’ investment theses. While many firms offer value-add services in the form of expert networks or operational support, very few support the mental, emotional, and physical health of their founders. The entrepreneurial ecosystem is facing an epidemic of mental health issues, burnout, and stress-related illness, and venture capitalists are in a position to alleviate or exacerbate these issues. By incorporating founder mental health and well-being into your investment thesis, your firm can not only differentiate its value proposition to attract the top entrepreneurs, but also protect the financial and human capital behind its investments.

In this session, you’ll learn:
– Why entrepreneurs are more susceptible mental health issues, burnout, and stress-related illness
– How to spot the red flags of a struggling founder and know when/how to intervene
– What your firm can do to align its beliefs, actions, and processes with the well-being of its founders

Jessica Carson
Innovation @ American Psychological AssociationFounder @ Wired This Way