Business Continuity Management

Understanding Your Organisation: Venture Capitalist Firms

This is the first of a two-part article series "Implementing BCM for Venture Capitalist Firm" that aims to understand how business continuity management or BCM can be Implemented for a typical Venture Capitalist Firm operating in Singapore.

The content is meant to be used as a general guideline that does not consider differences in geography and cultural practices of its counterparts outside of Singapore. The context is a typical Venture Capitalist Firm operating in Singapore keen on implementing its BCM program and aligned to the BCM Policy issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Moh Heng Goh
Business Continuity Management Certified Planner-Specialist-Expert

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BCM for VS Understanding Your OrganisationOR Business Continuity Management BCMPediaThe two-part article discusses how business continuity management, or BCM, can be implemented and integrated into a Venture Capitalist (VC) Firm operating in Singapore.

As the roles and functions of a Venture Capitalist Firm may vary depending on region and country, the core mission of a Venture Capitalist Firm remains relatively unchanged.

ISO22301: What is this ISO Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) Standard?New call-to-actionThe key objective is to be aligned with the certifiable ISO 22301 BC management system. 

The content should also align with the BCM Policy issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The start of any BCM implementation based on the ISO 22301 BCMS standard starts with "Understanding Your Organisation".  This is where we provide an understanding of the "Venture Capitalist Firm" operating in Singapore and the functionality within each Venture Capitalist Firm.

What is a Venture Capitalist Firm?

A venture capitalist (VC) firm is a specialized financial institution that provides funding and support to startup and early-stage companies in exchange for equity ownership. These firms typically have a pool of capital sourced from various investors, such as high-net-worth individuals, corporations, pension funds, and government entities.

The primary objective of a VC firm is to invest in innovative and promising businesses with the potential for substantial growth and high returns on investment. The process involves assessing business proposals, conducting due diligence, negotiating investment terms, and actively supporting the portfolio companies to enhance their value.

VC firms play a critical role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by identifying and backing innovative startups that may lack access to traditional financing from banks or public markets. They often focus on specific industries or sectors, leveraging their expertise and networks to provide strategic guidance and mentorship to portfolio companies.

Besides financial investment, VC firms offer valuable advice, mentorship, and business connections, helping startups navigate challenges and accelerate their growth. The ultimate goal for the VC firm and the startups they invest in is to achieve successful exits through acquisition by a larger company or an initial public offering (IPO), resulting in significant returns for the investors and stakeholders involved.

A venture capitalist firm embodies a crucial bridge between entrepreneurs seeking funding and investors seeking attractive investment opportunities. They play a pivotal role in fostering innovation, stimulating economic growth, and developing a thriving entrepreneurial landscape.

What is a Business Function?

These "business functions" or "products and services" can be broadly described as protecting personnel and/or assets. A venture capital (VC) firm performs various business functions to operate, manage investments, and drive growth effectively. Here's a comprehensive list of business functions typically performed by a VC firm.


Business Function Description
Deal Sourcing and Origination Identifying and sourcing potential investment opportunities through networking, industry events, referrals, and research.
Due Diligence Conducting thorough due diligence on potential investment opportunities to assess the market, product, team, financials, legal aspects, and other relevant factors.
Investment Evaluation and Decision-making Analysing due diligence findings and evaluating the investment potential to make informed investment decisions.
Deal Structuring and Negotiation Structuring investment terms, agreements, and negotiations with entrepreneurs and stakeholders to ensure favourable terms for the VC firm.
Portfolio Management Managing and supporting portfolio companies post-investment to help them achieve growth and strategic goals.
Financial Analysis and Modeling Conducting financial analysis, modelling, and forecasting to evaluate potential investment returns and assess financial viability.
Risk Assessment and Mitigation Identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risks associated with potential investments to safeguard the interests of the VC firm and its investors.
Legal and Compliance Managing legal matters, contracts, compliance with regulations, and ensuring all investments comply with relevant laws.
Fundraising and Investor Relations Attracting capital from limited partners (LPs) through fundraising efforts and maintaining strong investor relationships.
Public Relations and Branding Building and managing the VC firm's brand, public image, and relationships within the startup and investment community.
Strategic Planning and Advisory Providing strategic guidance to portfolio companies and assisting them with business planning, market positioning, and growth strategies.
Operations Management Overseeing internal operations to ensure the efficiency and smooth functioning of the VC firm.
Market Research and Analysis Conducting market research and analysis to identify emerging trends, potential investment sectors, and growth opportunities.
Information Technology and Data Management Managing the firm's technology infrastructure, data analytics, and IT systems to support decision-making and operations.
Talent Acquisition and Management Attracting and managing talent within the VC firm, including hiring, training, and developing team members.
Fund Administration and Accounting Handling fund administration, accounting, financial reporting, and budgeting to ensure compliance and transparency.
Exit Strategy and M&A Support Planning and executing exit strategies for portfolio companies, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), IPOs, or strategic partnerships.
Networking and Relationship Management Building and maintaining a solid network of industry professionals, entrepreneurs, advisors, and other stakeholders to facilitate deal flow and collaboration.

Each of these functions plays a crucial role in the overall success of a venture capital firm by enabling effective investments, strategic growth, and value creation for both the firm and its portfolio companies.

Organisation Structure of Venture Capitalist Firm

The organisational structure of a venture capital (VC) firm can vary based on factors such as the firm's size, focus, investment strategy, and stage of development. However, a typical venture capital firm often follows a structure with key roles and departments.


Member/ Team Roles
General Partners (GPs)
  • Are senior members responsible for making investment decisions, managing the fund, and representing the firm in various capacities.
  • Typically have significant experience in venture capital and guide the overall investment strategy.
Limited Partners (LPs)
  • Are the investors in the venture capital fund.
  • Could be institutional investors like pension funds, university endowments, family offices, or high-net-worth individuals.
  • Provide the capital that the VC firm invests in startups.
Investment Team
  • Comprises venture partners, associates, and analysts who source, evaluate, and manage startup investments.
  • Perform due diligence, negotiate deals, and provide ongoing support to portfolio companies.
Deal Sourcing and Origination Team
  • Is responsible for identifying and sourcing potential investment opportunities.
  • May actively network, attend events, and maintain relationships within the startup ecosystem to find promising companies.
Due Diligence Team
  • conduct in-depth due diligence on potential investment opportunities.
  • Analyse the market, product, team, financials, legal aspects, and other relevant factors to assess the viability and potential of the investment.
Portfolio Management Team
  • Work closely with portfolio companies post-investment, providing guidance, resources, and strategic support.
  • Help portfolio companies achieve their growth and strategic goals.
Legal and Compliance
  • Handle legal matters, regulatory compliance, contracts, and other legal aspects of the fund and its investments.
  • Ensure that all investments comply with relevant laws and regulations.
Finance and Administration Team
  • Manage the financial aspects of the firm, including fund accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, and administration.
  • Handle financial operations and ensure compliance with financial regulations.
Marketing and Investor Relations Team
  • Manages relationships with LPs, updates them on fund performance, and communicates the firm's investment activities.
  • Handle marketing and public relations efforts to enhance the firm's brand and reputation.
Operations and IT Team
  • Manages the firm's internal operations, technology infrastructure, data management, and IT support
  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operations and IT functioning.
Advisory Board or Partners
  • Provide strategic guidance and expertise to the firm based on their industry experience and network.

The exact structure and roles within a venture capital firm can vary based on the firm's specific focus, investment strategy (e.g., early-stage, late-stage, industry-specific), and the size and maturity of the firm.

Crises in Venture Capitalist Firms

Within a Security Company, a crisis could occur at any moment. A crisis is a critical event that may impact an organization's reputation or ability to operate. However, it does not deny access to facilities and infrastructure.  Crises relating to Venture Capitalist Firms can include:
  • Cyber attacks;
  • Terrorist attack;
  • Loss of data;
  • Economic loss; and
  • Reputation loss.

Disasters in Venture Capitalist Firms

Like crises, disasters can hinder an organization. However, in such events, access to facilities and infrastructure is denied.

Disasters relating to Venture Capitalist Firms can include:

  • Fires;
  • Floods or another type of severe weather-related conditions;
  • Terrorist attacks;
  • Loss of information technology services;
  • Pandemic Diseases; and
  • Denial of access or damage to facilities.
  • Poor weather conditions
    • from heavy snow to high winds, flooding and heatwaves
  • Traffic
    • from heavy traffic to accidents and road closures
  • Equipment failure
    • such as company vehicle breakdowns
  • Illness & Absence
    • team member sickness, injury and other unexpected absences
  • Annual leave
    • team member holidays and other authorised absences
  • Team changes
    • team members leaving

If you find crisis and disaster confusing, this article, "What is Crisis Management Vs Business Continuity Management? Often Confused", may help you understand the concept better.

BCM Planning Methodology

The following blog will provide the "Planning Steps for Implementing BCM for Venture Capitalist Firms".  

You will have a good overview of the steps to be taken and, lastly, what competency you should have with funding from the Singapore government.

BCM for VS Key Step to Implement BCM
Do you want to implement your BCM program via our government-funded training-led implementation?

Click the "Overview of Training-led BCM Implementation" for the detailed briefing.  Note that this course has value-added services to meet the minimum BCM requirement.

After the reading, you may want to know about the funding details from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

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