Meet the investor: Martijn de Wever, Force Over Mass Capital
The CEO of the two year-old SEIS and EIS fund backs entrepreneurs "without an ounce of self-doubt" and is excited by the opportunities in virtual reality
Firm: Force Over Mass Capital
Name: Martijn de Wever
Where are you based?
What kind of investor are you?
We invest in early-stage technology start-ups.
What kind of deals do you finance?
For now we only invest through equity given our SEIS/EIS mandate but we are considering adding new product lines – watch this space!
What kind of person do you invest in?
Those that are exceptionally intelligent, exceptionally creative and without an ounce of self-doubt.
How do you source prospects?
We have spent the last couple of years building relationships with all the major venture capitalists (VCs), accelerators and incubators with whom we work closely with. In an eco-system where ideas are the main product, it seems that fostering collective thought is the only way forward.
What is your ideal investment?
The ones that put your mind in overdrive – where you get exhilarated to estimate the ramification the company will have on its market.
What are your USPs?
We have taken the best of all worlds. Force Over Mass Capital offers the support and network of venture capitalism, the ease of use of the technology of crowd funding and the ability to go on fund level and single deal that angel investors require.
What are the hot sectors?
Artificial intelligence (AI), financial technology (fintech) and I cannot wait to see the first virtual reality (VR) consumer products hit the market next year.
Three things a company should be able to offer an investor?
- An exceptional team of talent
- The ability and agility to change and adapt
- Future return on investment in the long run (let’s not kid ourselves)
What is the cardinal sin when looking for investment?
Not knowing your product or market and not having thought about every aspect of your business.
What continuing involvement do you like in an investment?
We like to connect the companies we invest in to influential people around the world. We also know the process the companies go through and can advise on what works and what doesn’t.
What has been your best performing investment to date?
It is still too early to say for our fund but the traction our portfolio companies are having is incredibly exciting.