The Impact of COVID-19 in the Startup/VC Ecosystem: the VC Perspective.

The Impact of COVID-19 in the Startup/VC Ecosystem: the VC Perspective.


Kelly Chen, Partner of DCVC (Data Collective), a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, focused on seed, Series A, and growth stage companies that apply deep compute, big data and IT infrastructure technologies to transform giant industries.

Alexandra Dombrowski, Member of the growth investment team at Target Global, an international venture capital firm headquartered in Berlin, with €800m+ in assets under management.


Evan Epstein, Executive Director of the UC Hastings Center for Business Law and Adjunct Professor of Law.


This webinar is part of a series on the impact of COVID-19 in the startup/VC ecosystem curated by the UC Hastings’ Center for Business Law. The Center is hosting discussions with scholars, entrepreneurs, corporate lawyers, economists and more to provide more context into these matters.

This conversation covered the venture capital perspective, and it included some of the following topics (pertinent to both the US and Europe):

What has been the impact of Covid-19 in the deal flow (volume and valuations) for early stage and late stage venture capital investing. 

Rise of alternative financing methods to avoid down-rounds, dilution or unfavorable terms during crisis.

Has there been a pullback of non-traditional venture investors?

Take on current IPO market. 

Take on current M&A market. 

Take on layoffs in venture-backed companies. What is the current advice for portfolio CEOs from VCs?

Influence of ESG trends in venture capital investing.

Effect of the Wirecard fraud, particularly for the fintech industry in Germany & Europe.

Effects of the China vs USA trade war for the venture capital industry.

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