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Venture Investor Model


Comprehensive financial model template to forecast investments, proceeds, cash flows, and performance metrics for a venture investment strategy quarterly for up to a twenty year period. Prebuilt fund financial statements, LP and GP economics, IRRs, multiples, and other key metrics. Used by venture capitalists, accelerators, and angel investors.

Download to Microsoft Excel™ and Copy to Google Sheets™


Foresight's Venture Model was extremely helpful for us as we mapped out our capital allocation strategy for both existing and forecasted funds. The model is more robust than anything we could have built in-house in such a short time period. It provides all the information we want, from a portfolio dashboard to operating forecasts and financial statements for our funds & management company alike. Taylor's published guidelines make it very easy to navigate the model, and in case that wasn't enough, his customer support has been exceptional -- he is prompt, thoughtful, and generously thoughtful with his responses to our questions. We look forward to continuing to use his products and services.
Geri Kirilova

Geri Kirilova

Managing Partner, Laconia Capital

Quarterly forecast of a venture capital fund, calculating fund cash flows, investments, proceeds, distributions to limited partners, and all typical fund performance metrics, including Gross/Net Multiple and Gross/Net IRR, Interim IRR, RVPI, DPI, TVPI.

Uses an assumption of average investment, expands on the portfolio construction method used in the annual models to model expected graduation rates, follow-ons, proratas, increases in valuations, ownership and dilution, and proceeds per exit and per stage. This creates the detailed logic behind how an investment strategy generates returns, and analyzes the expected value per investment stage based on entry and exit valuations and exit rates per stage.

Background to the portfolio construction method at How to Model a Venture Capital Fund

  1. Model can be downloaded for use in Excel or copied to your Google Drive for use in Google Sheets. Can be used in Excel, Google Docs, and many other spreadsheet programs. One time purchase, updates automatically distributed for free.
  2. Any number in blue with grey shaded background is an input (i.e. an assumption or data point that can be changed), anything in black is the result of a formula. Change blue at will, change anything in black with caution. More on model formatting.
  3. All cells and formulas are unlocked and no macros are used - as in all Foresight models - so that you can make edits as needed and completely understand what is going on.
  4. All assumptions are illustrative ONLY, do not assume they are market data or standard.
  5. As with all templates, feel free to create your own model from scratch, using this as a guide

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Check out the Resources sheet in the model for other resources for building financial models, and contact me if you have any questions or specific needs. I also provide custom model services for 50-100 companies per year.


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Key Features

Overall Forecast
Annual Forecast
Quarterly Forecast
Fund Performance Metrics
Management Fees
Recycling Management Fees
Average Investment Portfolio Construction
Specific Investment Portfolio Construction
Graduation Rates
Consolidated Financial Statements
Track Actual Investments
Budget v. Actuals and Rolling Forecast
European Waterfall
American Waterfall
SPVs Waterfall
Carried Interest
Multi-Tiered Carried Interest
Preferred Return and GP Catchup
Rolling Funds Forecast
Evergreen Forecast
Fund of Funds Forecast
Management Company Budgeting

Which Venture Capital Model Should I Use?

I offer a range of models for venture capital funds. All share the same stucture for reporting cash flows and fund performance metrics, but have a couple key differentiations.

Portfolio Construction

Portfolio construction is the process of creating your portfolio strategy, check sizes, follow on reserves, and expectations around valuations, ownership, and dilution over time. In fund models, portfolio construction drives the logic used to budget for the deployment of capital (e.g. new, follow) and forecast proceeds from investments, both in terms of timing and how much.

The primary differentiation between the models is how the logic for portfolio construction works, and it essentially ranges from simple to more complicated:

Background on portfolio construction and how to choose which is best for you at How to Model a Venture Capital Fund

For tracking a portfolio, the free Angel and Venture Fund Portfolio Tracking offers an easy way for investors to track their portfolio, and the paid Venture Investor Model with Actuals Tracking layers the Venture Investor Model forecast and the tracking model to allow investors to create forecasts, track performance, and compare performance (and most importantly, budgeting for investment pacing) to operate a fund.


The paid models, the Venture Investor Model and Venture Investor Model with Actuals Tracking create quarterly forecasts that are summed into annual forecasts, all free models create annual forecasts, except for the Overall Forecast variants, which do not forecast cash flows over time (only totals).

Financial Statements

Financial statements - statement of operations (e.g. income statement), statement of financial condition (e.g. balance sheet), and statement of cash flows are only prebuilt in the paid models, the Venture Investor Model and Venture Investor Model with Actuals Tracking.

Preferred Return and GP Carry

Preferred return (hurdle rate) and GP carry are only prebuilt in the paid models, the Venture Investor Model and Venture Investor Model with Actuals Tracking.

Background on those terms at How to Model a Venture Capital Fund

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Taylor Davidson, Founder, Foresight

I created the financial models behind Foresight so early-stage entrepreneurs can spend less time on finance and more time on their products. I care about financial modeling because I believe that financial models can help us make critical business decisions even if the models themselves are not “always right”. Financial models can help even the earliest entrepreneurs if we build “minimum viable models” to focus on the decisions that matter most.

More about me
  • Started building models for startups in 2000
  • Started Foresight in 2008, full-time since 2014
  • Have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and venture funds on financial models
  • Former NYC-based venture capital investor
  • Experience in ecommerce growth and analytics
  • Former private equity analyst, strategy consulting associate
  • MBA in Finance and Accounting

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Venture Investor Model
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