The members of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association comprise a number of
venture capital firms in India. The IVCA Directory of Members provides basic information about each member's
investment preferences and is available from the Association.
Prior to selecting a venture capitalist, the entrepreneur should study the particular investment preferences set down by the venture capital firm. Often venture capitalists have preferences for particular stages of investment, amount of investment, industry sectors, and geographical location.
An investment in an private, unlisted company has a long-term horizon, typically 4-6 years. It is important to select venture capitalists with whom it is possible to have a good working relationship. Often businesses do not meet their cash-flow forecasts and require additional funds, so an investor's ability to invest in additional financing rounds if required is also important.
Finally, when choosing a venture capitalist, the entrepreneur should consider not just the amount and terms of investments, but also the additional value that the venture capitalist can bring to the company. These skills may include industry knowledge, fund raising, financial and strategic planning, recruitment of key personnel, mergers and acquisitions, and access to international markets and technology. Entrepreneurs should not hesitate to ask for references from investors.