Finance Public Lecture: Investment Criteria of Venture Capitalists

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Finance Public Lecture: Investment Criteria of Venture Capitalists

Learn more about the current challenges and opportunities in private equity and venture capital

By HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

When and where

Date and time

Mon, 17 Apr 2023 09:00 - 10:30 PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Though being dwarfed by the US market, the German venture capital sector has invested over 4 bill. in 2021 and is one of the largest markets in continental Europe. Main hubs for VC funds and startup companies in Germany are Berlin and Munich. Venture capital is playing an important role in financing growth and innovation.

This session is part of a broader lecture series surrounding the topic of private equity.

Together with his guest Ciaran O´Leary (BlueYard Capital) Prof. Bernhard Schwetzler (Chairholder, HHL Chair of Financial Management) discusses benefits and challenges for startup companies when looking for funding from a venture capital fund.

Ciaran O´Leary is an HHL alumnus and managing partner at BlueYard Capital, a Berlin based venture capital fund specialized on seed and startup financing. BlueYard has backed many successful startup companies to grow and helped them to reach their goals. Usually only 2 – 5% of entrepreneurs applying for venture capital funds finally sign a contract. Ciaran will share some of his thoughts on how funds select their investments and how they allocate their funds.

The following topics will be highlighted and discussed in this session:

• A short overview over the startup landscape in Germany with a special focus on the Berlin area

• The role of venture capital in funding innovation in Germany

• A discussion on criteria used by professional early stage investors when deciding about financing a startup venture

• Some guiding comments for potential and actual founders where and how to look for bootstrap financing

About the HHL Public Lectures | Finance Series

The lecture series aims to give an overview over the asset class “private equity/venture capital”. It covers a wide array of PE/VC related topics as e.g. the PE/VC business model, investment criteria of PE/VC funds and their performance on deal and on fund level. The lecture series will also discuss challenges of the current market and economic environment for private equity and venture capital.

Language and DSGVO

The talk will be held in English and is free of charge.

Please notice that we will record this event (film) without showing participants or chats and use this material internally and/or externally in accordance with § 23 KunstUrHG and article 6 par. 1f) DSGVO.

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About the organiser

Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL)

Die HHL ist eine universitäre Einrichtung und zählt zu den führenden internationalen Business Schools. Ziel der ältesten betriebswirtschaftlichen Hochschule im deutschsprachigen Raum ist die Ausbildung unternehmerischer, verantwortungsbewusster und leistungsfähiger Führungspersönlichkeiten. Die HHL zeichnet sich aus durch exzellente Lehre, klare Forschungsorientierung und praxisnahen Transfer sowie durch hervorragenden Service für ihre Studierenden. Die Studiengänge umfassen ein Master in Management-Programm, einen Master mit einer Spezialisierung auf Finance sowie ein MBA-Programm. Alle Programme können in Vollzeit oder Teilzeit absolviert werden. Die HHL verfügt über das Promotionsrecht. Die HHL Executive Education bietet hochaktuelle Management-Seminare und -Programme für Führungskräfte an. Neben dem Campus in Leipzig unterhält die Hochschule Studienstandorte in Köln und München. Die HHL ist akkreditiert durch AACSB International. Besuchen Sie uns auf

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate entrepreneurial, responsible and effective business leaders. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services. Study programs include a Master in Management program, a Master with a specialization in Finance as well as an MBA program. All programs can be completed full-time or part-time. HHL also runs a Doctoral Program. The HHL Executive Education offers state-of-the-art management seminars for executive talents. Besides its main campus in Leipzig, the university maintains study locations in Cologne and Munich. HHL is accredited by AACSB International and ACQUIN. Visit us on