Technical Due Diligence For Start-Ups

Technical Due Diligence For Startups

Technical due diligence is a vital and imperative part of your start-up. When you have a start-up that is new and growing, due diligence is a must. Technical due diligence analyses the technical aspect of a service or a product that a start-up offers. This normally happens before angel investors, fundraising or acquisitions, etc. come into play.

Due diligence is done by angel investors and other buyers to make sure the product or service offered is in tip-top shape. This process can take up to a whole day to complete. Angel investors investigate the overall product or service for over a few days on specific topics.

 

6 Steps To Follow During Technical Due Diligence

There are 6 main basic steps to due diligence. However, depending on how thorough or detailed your company or start-up mentor wants the due diligence process to be, more steps can be added.

 

Preparation

The process of technical due diligence starts even before you might expect. Participants need to prepare themselves to be open and honest with the team and each other. The angel investors and other buyers and partners have to form that trust level with you before you can go ahead with the process. As a business owner, you must be open to change and negotiation and be able to act accordingly.

 

Commencing The Official Process

This process commences after the approval of all the details and documentation. Then the start-up passes on all the required information by the team that is conducting the due diligence process. Angel investors as well as other parties can ask business owners to prepare API documentation and architectural description of the start-up. At this point, the founder shares all the investigation processes.

 

Screening of The Documents

Startups share architectural documents, design documents, etc at this stage. Before meeting in person the analysts from the team will analyze these documents to make sure they are in order. To make this process easier for everyone involved, as a business owner make sure to have all your documentation updated.

 

On-site call

Once the documents have been verified and everything is in place, angel investors and other buyers make it a point to have a meeting on-site to personally verify if the product or service offered stands in working condition. This step for most angel investors is a mandatory one. It takes about a day or two to analyze the products or services in real-time by the investors. To make the process easier, investors do the meetings with the business owners to ask specific questions.

 

Follow up stage

At this stage, the investors and buyers have identified what all can be improved and what all needs to be changed. Here, founders answer all the details of the questions with complete transparency.

 

Concluding report

Independent specialists are employed to create a final report for the angel investors and buyers. These specialists are not partial to any party. They help provide an impartial report to the investors about the pros & cons of investing in start-ups.

 

To Sum Up

So there you have it, the six main steps in technical due diligence for start-ups. If there are any doubts about due diligence and the types of due diligence that exist be sure to check out my blog on Due Diligence in Start-Ups.

 

About Devansh Lakhani 

Director of Lakhani Financial Services, and a Chartered Accountant, he helps in start-ups funding India from his network of investors. He guides and advises start-ups to scale up by providing efficient sales, marketing, team building, and business management strategies. Being a business plan consultant he has executed fundraising by block deals on the stock exchange and conducted IPOs and right issues on the SME platform to the tune of over Rs. 50 Crore. He is currently working with start-ups from various sectors to help them channelize their business models and investments.

 

About the Author

Devansh Lakhani

Devansh Lakhani, the director of Lakhani Financial Services, clasps a rich experience of 5+ years in the finance industry. A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Devansh has expertly handled funds for HNI clients, been part of an IPO on SME platform to tune Rs. 10+ crores, conducted the right issues to tune Rs. 10+ crores, and accomplished block deals of Rs. 35+ crores in the past. Now, with a zeal to boost startups, Devansh's heart and soul lies in Lakhani Financial Services. To date, LFS has helped 85+ startups with advisory, business plan & pitch deck preparation. Devansh is one of the most respected people when we talk about startup funding, advising, and mentoring. With the support of Devansh, 6 startups raise funds to the tune of 4+ crores. He aspires and is on the mission to boost and scale 1000+ startups in the next 5 years.

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