The Role of Family Offices in the Venture Ecosystem

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  • Venture investing is a mainstream practice for family offices, with the vast majority of those surveyed investing in established, emerging, first-time and diverse managers.
  • When investing in established venture funds, family offices ranked deal flow and sourcing as the chief pain points, while for emerging managers, a manager’s track record and credibility are the critical areas of focus.
  • Co-investing alongside a fund manager is a widespread investing strategy, yet only a minority of family offices surveyed had the in-house resources to review and monitor these investments.

The vast majority of family offices allocate capital to venture funds — including riskier first-time funds.

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Family offices are exposed to distinct pain points when investing in established vs. emerging venture funds.

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Co-investment continues to be an important strategy for putting more capital to work, but few family offices have in-house expertise.

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