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3 Entrepreneurs Share How They Got a VC to Say 'Yes' An investor shares why he said yes to these founders.

By Nancy Miller

This story appears in the May 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Elan Zivotofsky, head of investments, OurCrowd

Elan Zivotofsky is not your typical investor. Rather than just choose where his own firm's money goes, he makes decisions that also influence thousands of smaller investors. That's because he oversees investments at OurCrowd, an innovative digital equity crowdfunding platform that's part Kickstarter, part venture capital firm. First, Zivotofsky's team vets thousands of potential deals. When a company is picked, OurCrowd invests its own partners' money, and then the deal goes onto the OurCrowd platform, where 17,000 members can choose to invest with as little as $10,000. In four years, OurCrowd has raised about $400 million for 110 companies. What draws his eye? Experienced, passionate entrepreneurs with big ideas and focus. He also loves founders who create "deep" technologies and disruptive business models.

Here's why he said yes to three entrepreneurs.

Related: Seeking Venture Capital? This T.I.P. -- a Team, an Idea and a Plan -- Is Crucial to Follow.

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