Shoptalk Ventures

Shoptalk Ventures provides capital and connections to help Ecommerce and retail technology startups grow. The program is managed by Commerce Ventures and partners with leading investors to co-invest $1 million across ~20 early-stage companies.

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How It Works

  • Ecommerce and retail technology startups apply using the online form below
     
  • Commerce Ventures evaluates all applicants
     
  • Shoptalk Ventures will make investments in ~20 companies over 2 years
     
  • Investments will be made alongside other VC firms
     
  • Participating retailers and brands get visibility into exciting, early stage ventures

What is Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world's largest conferences for Retail and Ecommerce.

 

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What is Commerce Ventures

Commerce Ventures is a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on commerce technology. 

What is the Relationship Between Shoptalk and Commerce Ventures

Shoptalk is a limited partner in Commerce Ventures. Commerce Ventures independently reviews and selects companies for investment by the Shoptalk Ventures program.

 

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What Are We Looking For

  • Teams with experience, passion and relevance to the market
     
  • Early product fit with customers or other users
     
  • Large market opportunity
     
  • Differentiated and defensible models

Startup Application Form

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who will see my application?
A: Entries are viewed only by Commerce Ventures, which does not share them externally (not even with with Shoptalk).


Q: What if I already have a lead for my round?
A: Shoptalk Ventures can invest alongside an existing lead investor


Q: How will you be involved after the investment?
A: Commerce Ventures can provide support, introductions and industry insights


Q: Do you take board seats?
A: No


Q: What if I need more capital than you can provide?
A: Commerce Ventures can help you identify additional sources of capital, including further funding from Commerce Ventures or its network of individual investors and venture capital firms


Q: Once I apply, how long before I hear back?
A: Generally within 2 weeks
 

Q: What diligence will be required prior to making an investment?
A: Commerce Ventures will engage in typical venture capital diligence, but leverage its industry network to expedite the process


Q: How do retailers participate in Shoptalk Ventures?
A: Retailers can join the Commerce Ventures network to get access to and information about Shoptalk Ventures companies
 

Q: How do investors participate in Shoptalk Ventures?
A: Lead and non-lead investors can invest alongside Shoptalk Ventures

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Not a startup, but want to be involved?

 
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Retailers

Interested in getting exposure to some of the most exciting retail technology companies? We'd love to have you involved.
 

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Investors

Are you an active investor in Ecommerce or retail technology?  If so, please let us know what types of companies interest you.  Shoptalk Ventures will only represent a small portion of any investment round, so we welcome your participation.

Questions: Shoptalkventures@commercevc.com