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Vincent Irrling

Founder and CEO of KAPSLY Ventures. Lives in Zurich and holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Venture Clienting: A Catalyst for Medtech Innovation

In the fast-paced world of Medtech, staying ahead of the curve isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity. As traditional models of innovation struggle to keep pace with the speed of technological advancement, a new approach is gaining traction: venture clienting. This model, eschewing the complexities of equity investments and acquisitions, instead positions large corporations as clients of innovative startups.

It's an approach that promises to reshape the landscape of corporate innovation, particularly in the Medtech sector. 

the power of peer-to-peer support

The Power of Peer-to-Peer Support: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Potential

Entrepreneurship is a journey fraught with challenges, uncertainties, and countless decisions to be made. For founders navigating the complex terrain of startup life, finding the right support system can be a game-changer. While traditional mentorship and coaching have their place, a growing movement in the startup ecosystem is recognizing the immense value of peer-to-peer support networks. In this article, we'll explore why moderated peer-to-peer group meetings are emerging as a powerful resource for entrepreneurs and how they can accelerate startup success.

can a founder be overcoached?

Why Many HealthTech Founders Are Overcoached And How To Stop It

The journey of a HealthTech founder is an exciting and challenging one. As they navigate the complex landscape of healthcare innovation, they often seek guidance and support from mentors, advisors, and coaches. While mentorship and coaching are incredibly valuable, there is a growing concern that many HealthTech founders might be overcoached.

Now is a great time to invest in startups.

Why now is a good time to invest in startups

Based on the latest VC-funding downturn and the overall economic situation, it is easy to believe that investing in startups could not be a good idea at the moment. Late-stage funding went down by 40% quarter over quarter. Early-stage funding is down 39% compared to last year. Seed stage funding has been impacted the least until now. It looks like there won’t be a quick V-shaped economic recovery like after Covid. 


How to become a Venture Studio in a day

Working on exciting new projects and benefiting from the financial upside sounds like a dream project to many agency owners.

But how can it be done in a professional way?

get ready for service for equity

How startups can prepare for service for equity investments.

Did you know that the value of sweat equity in the USA equals 1.2 times their GDP, which is over 20 trillion USD1? I was stunned when I read that.

The market for service-for-equity is probably not so big (yet). But it is definitely a serious option to get the resources you need to build a business. It is much more direct than fundraising and finding investors because here you can take the direct route. You can read a lot about fundraising and find programs that guide you through it. But what about service-for-equity and finding the right service investor? Not much on that.

So keep on reading if you consider this option to build your startup.


How service investing works with KAPSLY

Service investments are still very rare and not many people talk about them. It is not professionalized and celebrated like venture capital and closing a funding round, but it will get there. 


5 ways to invest your services into promising startups

One of the main reasons startups fail is because they run out of money or have the wrong team. You're thinking, "that has nothing to do with me," that's probably true. But maybe you could do something about it and actually help startups succeed while increasing your team's utilization and generating higher profits for your agency. This blog post is for service agencies who want to help startups build their company and share in their success. 

How to avoid dead equity

How to avoid dead equity

Why do cofounders usually start to fight? Either because they can not agree on how to split equity in the beginning or later when a cofounder leaves prematurely. The former can be solved over a long weekend usually. The latter can lead to costly legal battles and the ruin of your company.

Service for equity as alternative for traditional funding

Is Service-for-Equity an effective alternative to traditional funding?

As a Startup ourselves we know that (Startup) life can be challenging during the bootstrapping period. Startups who are looking for funding need to prove their business model before talking to investors, usually by getting user traction or some kind of market validation.

That means either investing a lot of their own time or finding supporters to accelerate the process. Assuming that finding and compensating potential cofounders, supporters, freelancers or other service providers is simple and realistic, is it also more effective than receiving traditional money investment, especially in the early phase?  

How to split equity in a fair and efficient way?

How to split equity in a fair and efficient way?

Splitting equity is often a neglected topic and done at the last minute. However, it provides an important foundation for the success of your company, so I have asked myself if there is one formula that would allow everyone to get it right.

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