Val Babajov is an entrepreneur and angel investor with more than three decades of software development and business management experience.
Val is currently Founder and Managing Director of Voivoda Ventures, a family investment fund focused on B2B software technology startups. Voivoda has provided initial and follow-on funding for fourteen companies since 2010. During the last five years Val accomplished five M&A deals. Only in 2012 there were two successful exits: Partners 1993 was sold to a public company on the east coast and ClimateMinder, a VoiVoda portfolio company was sold to Rain Bird.
The Voivoda team takes a hands-on approach to early stage investing that involves working closely with companies from investment to exit, often as a member of the board. The fund’s geographical focus includes companies based outside of the United States. Voivoda leverages the growing network of international technology accelerators to identify top companies from around the world and assist them with moving to California for fundraising. This unique approach has led to successful funding of companies from New Zealand, Turkey and Bulgaria. Voivoda helps these companies through the process of establishing a legal and physical presence in the US and serves as their lead investor to assist with successfully completing their first round of funding.
Prior to founding Voivoda ventures, Val spent 33 years in the software development industry. He founded his first company, WebMessenger in 1993 in his garage.
Val enjoys working with entrepreneurs who have a strong value system and personal drive. Having immigrated to the United States from communist Bulgaria before of the collapse of the system in February 1989 with only $100 in his pocket, Val knows first-hand the struggles that early entrepreneurs face in trying to build their business. His goal with Voivoda Ventures is to help entrepreneurs avoid many of the common mistakes and accelerate the growth of their company.
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