In determining which ideas are selected for Manifold's portfolio, we look at three primary factors: Technical Feasibility, Market Opportunity, Patentability. In each of these three areas, we try to answer specific questions about the product/technology to determine if it's a good fit for Manifold (see below). For those ideas that look promising, Manifold will do market research, engineering feasibility studies and patent searches before making a final decision. Ultimately, our decision to pursue a project is based on a blend of objective research and our intuition as product developers.
Technical Feasibility Does it require new or unproven technologies? Can it be reliably manufactured using existing methods at an affordable price? Will it be robust and reliable in use? How much money and how long will it take to prepare it for manufacturing?
Market Opportunity Is the market big enough? (potential for > $15M annual sales) Are there enough companies or customers who are willing to pay for it? Does it require a change in user behavior? Can it be distributed through existing channels? Are there other existing products with similar function?
Patentability Is it patented or patentable? How broadly can it be patented? How crowded is the field of existing patents and who owns them?
Manifold Invests In These Industries
• Business Products and Services
• Marketing / Advertising
• Clean Technology
• Media and Entertainment
• Computers and Peripherals
• Medical Devices and Equipment
• Consumer Products and Services
• Electronics / Instrumentation
• Networking and Equipment
• Financial Services
• Food / Drink
• Retailing / Distribution
• Healthcare Services
• Internet / Web Services
• IT Services
Manifold Invests In Companies That Have Reached The Following Milestones
Prototype Ready - $3M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue
Concept OnlyProduct In DevelopmentPrototype ReadyFull Product Ready$500K in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$1M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$3M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$5M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$10M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$20M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue$50M in Trailing 12 Mo. RevenueMore than $50M in Trailing 12 Mo. RevenueMore than $50M in Trailing 12 Mo. Revenue ►◄ Concept Only
Manifold Invests In Companies With These Funding Needs
Pre-money Valuation: USD500,000 - USD3,000,000
Capital Seeking: USD100,000 - USD1,000,000
Previously Raised: USD50,000 - USD1,000,000
Manifold Expects Their Investments To Generate
Expected Revenue By Year 5: USD10,000,000 - USD50,000,000
Expected Returns: 10x Investment - 30x Investment
Expected Years to Exit: 2 Years - 7 Years
Expected Years to Break Even: 1 Year - 3 Years
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