17 Apr 2024
Venture Capital

5 Min Read

6 Reasons Why You Should Become A Limited Partner At A VC Fund!


Venture capital (VC) has become a popular investment path for individuals and institutions looking to capitalise on the high-growth potential of startups and early-stage companies.

Among the various roles within the VC ecosystem, Limited Partners (LPs) play a crucial part. But what exactly is a Limited Partner? LPs provide the necessary capital for VC funds to invest in up-and-coming startups.

LPs can come from any background of expertise. However, a large portion of them usually have a lived-in experience in entrepreneurship and bring with them market expertise and varied networking sources.

This defines what the role of an Limited Partner is at a VC firm, but why should you become an LP at a VC firm in the first place? What’s in it for you as a Limited Partner?

In this article, we will highlight the unique advantages LPs have of doing business with the startup ecosystem.

Some of them include diversifying investment portfolios and achieving significant financial gains while benefiting from limited liability and expert guidance.

Whether you’re an experienced investor or a newcomer to the world of venture capital, understanding the role of LPs is helpful.

The benefits they gain from their involvement in VC funds like the Neon Fund can provide valuable insights for those considering investment opportunities in the venture capital space.

6 benefits of being a Limited Partner at a VC firm:

1. Access to Diverse Investment Opportunities

LPs gain access to a diverse range of startups and early-stage companies, which can lead to high returns on investment. VC funds typically invest in many startups.

This allows LPs to spread their risk across various investments. This diversification can lead to more stable returns over time, as the success of one investment can offset the failure of another.

Here at The Neon Fund, we have focused our investments on early stage B2B SaaS companies. We have also ensured to bring diversity amongst these investments. Our portfolio of SaaS companies includes SpotDraft, CloudSEK, Gallabox and Astra Security.

2. Extent Of Liability (General Partner vs Limited Partner)

General Partners (GPs) have unlimited liability due to their managerial role, making them accountable for all business debts.

This implies that the personal assets of General Partners are exposed to potential risk from the debts of the partnership.

On the other hand, LPs enjoy limited liability, meaning they are not liable for the debts or actions of the fund. This structure protects LPs’ personal assets, reducing their financial risk.

In case of a fund’s failure, LPs’ personal assets are not at risk. This makes VC investments a more secure option for those looking to diversify their portfolios without taking on excessive personal risk.

3. Long-Term Focus and High-Reward Potential

LPs in VC funds show a long-term investment vision. They understand the high-risk, high-reward nature of VC investments and are comfortable with market fluctuations. VC investments often need a long-term commitment.

In reality, it could take seven to 10 years for the returns from startups to be realised and re-distributed amongst LPs.

LPs who can afford to wait for these returns can benefit from high-reward investments, as successful startups can generate large returns.

In fact, SUGAR Cosmetics has made over a 100x ROI for the VCs that initially invested in it! Venture Capital is a long-term game, so time and patience are the ace in the hole for LPs.

Manage your expectations and you are more likely to score big on your potential ‘swings’!

Find The Neon Show’s conversation with SUGAR’s founders below:

4. Expertise and Networks

LPs often bring valuable expertise and networks to VC funds, helping identify and evaluate investment opportunities in specific sectors or industries.

LPs with industry-specific knowledge can help fund managers identify promising startups and check their potential for success.

Additionally, LPs’ networks can provide access to valuable resources, such as potential customers, partners, or advisors, further enhancing the startup’s growth potential.

5. Active Participation and Strategic Thinking

Engaging with the fund manager, providing insights, attending meetings, and actively participating in the management of the fund can improve the relationship with the fund and lead to new investment opportunities.

LPs who take an active role in the fund’s management can provide valuable insights and guidance. This helps the fund manager make more informed investment decisions.

LPs also have the right to negotiate added contractual rights that would provide them extra access to more information.

This active participation can also lead to better alignment between the LP’s and fund manager’s objectives while ensuring transparency in the entire investing process, leading to more successful investments.

6. Risk Management

Understanding the importance of risk management is crucial for LPs in VC funds. It allows them to make informed investment decisions and match their risk tolerance. These are the factors LPs should consider when evaluating potential investments:

By assessing these factors, LPs can make more informed decisions. This reduces their risk exposure and maximises their potential returns.

At the same time, some of the most successful companies came out of an economic downturn with the support of LPs & VC funds at a time when raising capital for funds would have been a struggle.

Companies like Microsoft (1975), Netflix (1997) & Airbnb (2008) all came out of downturns. So what may seem like a mis-informed decision at the time, can become your biggest ever investment choice.

Founder's Word

In the constantly evolving world of venture capital, LPs play a key role in driving the success of VC funds and the startups they invest in.

With the right approach, LPs can take part in the VC growth story by working with smaller specialised VC firms such as Neon Fund which select investments with them, hence offering higher chances of significant returns.

Neon is currently raising for Fund 3 right now. Get in touch here!

If you are an aspiring limited partner looking to participate in the India growth story and are interested in B2B Software built from India for the globe, get in touch here!


Ram Seshadri

Ram Seshadri is the Content Team Lead at Neon. He is a Journalism graduate with a vested interest in combining words to create magic. With works published all across Canada, Ram comes from an experienced background in content creation & all forms of written content.

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