For content creators

Investing in original quality content from the best European creators

Unlike most media industry investors who invest in media technology and platforms, IPR.VC is investing in media content.

IPR.VC invests in scalable cross media products, which can be licensed and transferred for other delivery channels and interfaces and which can be modified and licensed for new purposes. This is a huge, underserved market.

Traditionally, VCs have invested heavily in mediatech, distribution platforms and software. The value and investments in the media industry are moving fast toward content IPR (Intellectual Property Rights). We believe that the value of the target companies is in their product rights portfolio and the licensing and public viewing payments revenue. IPR.VC provides support to companies in the ownership and control of their Intellectual Properties.

The track records of IPR.VC’s management team in venture capital and media business include content creation, creative direction, business management, and investment management experience. For startups and content companies, IPR.VC management’s knowledge, skills, and attitude provide a relevant and helpful perspective.  IPR.VC is supporting companies’ ownership and control for their IP’s.

ESG POLICY

IPR.VC’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy aims at fostering the content industry’s contribution to society by ensuring and enhancing the companies’ footprint on environmental and social matters.

Responsibility has two dimensions in creative industries. First, as in every industry, the companies need to act to secure the well-being of the environment, people and governance structures. Secondly, media content touches everyone on earth and media content may affect people in good or bad ways – a fact that brings extra responsibilities for content creation companies.

IPR.VC wants the investee companies to build their success in the kinds of media and entertainment content that are, as often as possible, contributing positive and important issues to society and in no way contain offensive or controversial elements.

The Fund will not finance
• projects that present extreme physical or mental violence or pornography
• games with an age rating higher than 16 years
• first-person-shooter games
• content that presents abuse, discrimination or harassment in an acceptable light
• platforms that enable delivery of fake news or other unethical content, and where the issue of such content is not addressed in an appropriate way

Please note that we are not investing in media platforms or mediatech. The following describes how we tell the difference:

Mediatech IPR.VC

Core

Social technical platform

Character and story

Purpose

Build functionality

Build emotions

Serves

Advertiser

Individuals

Value

Profile and mass

Individuals' payments, licensing

Scaling

Scalable when purpose is the same

Fully scalable for other purposes also

Monetization

Selling the audience to corporations

Selling content to the user

Licenzing

Multiply the same as a new platform

New purpose

Exit

Tech giants

Media and publishing, IPR portfolio

Variable costs

Bandwidth, cloud

Content producing, staff

investment instruments

In addition to investments in company equity, IPR.VC’s financial instruments allow investing in content IP equity (intellectual property).
Content equity investment may be preceded with a smaller development investment.

  1. In equity investments IPR.VC typically invests €0.5…5m per company in one or several funding rounds. IPR.VC prefers investing along other fund investors.
  2. Project finance instrument investments are typically €0.5…2m per case. Project finance is the preferred form of investment instrument for audiovisual content investments.
  3. In some cases IPR.VC will first make a smaller, €50k-100k investment for the content development prior to investing with the a Project finance instrument. It may be used, for example, for script writing, developing tasks, project planning, or piloting.

You can read about funding of moving images from here

How to apply for funding

Please read the Investment Criteria on this page and collect the described information to brief us.
Start by sending e-mail about your project and company to: info (at) ipr.vc.

  • Description of the content

    Concept, script, mood board, other product plans like a trailer, game concept, or playble  demo, etc.

  • Description of the business

    Business plan or other document describing business targets and strategy

  • Financing plan

    Calculations and targets in Excel format