Our Investment Approach

Our

Investment

Approach

Approach

Realist Ventures invests in U.S. based groundbreaking startups with diverse teams, building modern solutions to modern problems in the biotech and software industries.

Despite diverse teams still receiving less funding than non-diverse teams cumulatively, a Kauffmann Fellows study showed that diverse teams that do receive venture funds tend to outperform and out-raise across all rounds. They have also proven to return 30 percent more cash to investors. Morgan Stanley calculated an annual loss of 4.4 trillion dollars in potential U.S. revenue due to the lack of funding towards privately held women and minority-owned businesses.

Not only does investing in diverse teams encourage a more equitable and inclusive future, it's also just smart business. As our communities grow stronger and more vibrant in their diversity, we believe that we should invest in providing opportunities that reflect this diversity.

We invest in Biotech, software, and SaaS companies based in the US. 

We are not seeking investments in food, consumer goods, and hardware at the moment.

REALIST VENTURES
Diverse Representation

OTHER VCs
Diverse Representation

REALIST VENTURES

72%

OTHER VENTURES

2%

Our Vision

Vision

After years of assisting founders of diverse backgrounds, Realist Ventures is introducing a new venture capital model that tackles the limitations of the outdated venture capital business model for underrepresented founders. Realist Ventures is transforming the early stage funding and startup landscape through the introduction of a novel Realist “venture launch” model through the Realist ecosystem.

The Realist ecosystem structured in a venture launch model that consists of Realist Ventures, and Realist Labs. Realist Labs was created as a result of years of experience, accumulated data points, and an empathy-driven approach to help founders as venture capitalists. We intend on establishing a forward-thinking, supportive, efficient, and self-sustaining ecosystem that addresses a founder’s comprehensive needs.

The venture launch model is revolutionary in that it:

  • Eliminates the limitations on providing founders resources consistent with the traditional venture model
  • Is self-sustaining
  • Encourages continued support for founders beyond the program
  • Serves as a vetted pipeline of rich deals for the fund
  • Allows investors to fulfill the philanthropic ambitions of their family's charitable legacy
  • Provides underrepresented founders with a foundational platform for success

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