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About

 

We are Bell Ventures — an advisory firm specializing in supporting you in three ways:

Launch

(Re-)Engineering your intrapeneurship program (e.g. Incubator, accelerator, company builder)

Scale

Identifying (and fixing) key levers across all functions to pave the way for your startup's hyper-growth phase

Assess

Performing a comprehensive due diligence of a startup in order to inform your investment decision

We love building great companies - Fast

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FOR CORPORATIONS

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LAUNCH

HIGH QUANTITY AND LOW QUALITY OF LAUNCHPADS

The high quantity of launchpads (e.g. Incubators, accelerators, company builders) reflects corporations’ understandable fear of disruption. The resulting “launchpad bubble” counts over 6,000 such launchpads across the globe. At least 90% of those launchpads are destined to fail, mirroring the typical failure rate of startups.

The low quality of launchpads is due to their focus on conceptual ideation, not on concrete execution. Also, the launchpad’s intrapreneurship programs are poorly designed: they lack structure, processes, and speed. Moreover, experienced personnel to perform launch-critical functions are often missing.

WE BUILD YOU THE BEST LAUNCHPAD

Whether you already have your own launchpad or want to build one, we overcome the  hurdles above by helping you master your 3 P’s:

  • Process: We collaborate closely with you to customize your launch process to achieve your goals. We develop a streamlined process that focuses not on ideation but entirely on execution. 

  • Product: We launch your companies fast, on-time, and complete. To accomplish that, we leverage our experience of designing a highly proven process that produced 20 companies, each in less than 100 days, all in under one year.

  • People: We make sure that your launch process leverages your internal capabilities - your people - in the most effective way. We fill the remaining gaps in your launch process by leveraging the proven, specialized skills of our vast network of expert partners.

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For Startups

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sCALE

MOST STARTUPS GO BUST WHEN SCALING

As most startups transition from early to growth stage, they “scale to fail” by aggressively hitting the accelerator pedal before ensuring that their 3 P’s are set up for success:

  • Priorities: Management commonly relies on an ill-conceived growth strategy and often prioritizes low-impact levers.

  • People: Most young and growing startups suffer from an outdated organizational design and a siloed communications design.

  • Product: Startups tend to develop informal, labor-intensive, and unscalable business processes and too often offer their customers an all-around deficient product.

WE HELP YOU UNLOCK SUSTAINABLE HYPER-GROWTH

We identify and - if you wish - fix the right levers to set your startup up for success when you scale. We do this in a two-phase process.

  • In the first phase, called “3D” (discovery due diligence), martin bell identifies major red flags across all functions and accordingly provides high-impact recommendations.

  • The second phase, called “4D” (deep-dive due diligence), is performed by expert partners, each of which is specialized in his/her core function, and project-managed by Martin Bell. In this phase, expert partners investigate the red flags of their respective function in greater detail and - if you wish - implement the high-impact recommendations.

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FOR INVESTORS

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ASSESS

MOST DUE DILIGENCES DON’T ASSESS THE CORE FUNCTIONS OF COMPANIES

Too often, investors perform only financial and legal due diligences. Why? One reason is that that’s the background of the people driving the deals. Another reason is that investors believe comprehensive due diligences to be unnecessary once startups are believed to be “post-traction” or “hyped”.

All other core functions are typically not assessed: product, technology, operations, marketing, customer care, etc. Even worse, a technical due diligence is performed only 47% of the time, and when it is performed it is often a pro forma effort. Even more rare than technical due diligences are the due diligences of other core functions (operations, marketing, customer care, etc.).

An investment without a comprehensive due diligence risks leading to immense, yet preventable, losses for investors down the line.

WE PERFORM A COMPREHENSIVE DUE DILIGENCE

To fully inform your investment decision, we complement your financial/legal due diligence of an investment target with our comprehensive assessment of all core functions. We do this in a two-phase process.

  • In the first phase, called “3D” (discovery due diligence), martin bell identifies major red flags across all functions and accordingly provides high-impact recommendations. 

  • The second phase, called “4D” (deep-dive due diligence), is performed by expert partners, each of which is specialized in his/her core function, and project-managed by Martin Bell. In this phase, expert partners investigate the red flags of their respective function in greater detail and - if you wish - implement the high-impact recommendations.

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Team

 
 
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Martin Bell, Founder & CEO

 

FORMER ROCKET INTERNET

(~50 STARTUPS)

  • Chief architect of 100-day launch process through which he launched 20 companies in under one year

  • Interim management of 5 companies (from early stage to pre-IPO)

  • Leader of over 100 functional due diligences for 25 growth-stage companies

WHARTON MBA / HARVARD MPA

PROVEN TEAM OF EXPERT PARTNERS

Martin Bell worked closely with all expert partners, each of which is a seasoned specialist in his/her core function, throughout the 20 company launches and throughout the over 100 due diligences. He will leverage his vast network of expert partners for all parts of a startup’s value chain: product, engineering, mobile, sales, operations, online marketing, CRM, business intelligence, payment, finance, legal, HR, etc.

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Contact

 
 

BELL VENTURES GMBH

VISIT US IN THE HEART OF BERLIN —

Monbijouplatz 3b

10178 Berlin

Germany

Get in touch —

PHONE +49 (0)173 71 52 314

EMAIL info@bell.ventures