From: Dave Lavinsky
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hey let's face it. Raising money for your business is a pain. And the majority of companies who try to raise capital... fall flat on their faces.
What's worse is that without capital, you may be doomed. Your brilliant ideas for your multi-million (or billion) dollar business will remain in your head. You’ll know that your ideas are great. But the world won’t. And your bank account won't either.
Unfortunately it gets even worse than that. How about if your closest competitor is able to raise capital? Can you possibly compete against a company with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in funding that you don't have? Will they steal all the glory? And force you to start over?
Fortunately you can raise capital for your business from angel investors.... if you know how to do it.
57,225 Reasons Why
Angel Capital is Right for You
Over the past ten years, I have helped thousands of entrepreneurs raise both venture capital and angel capital. In fact, Growthink’s clients have raised over $1 Billion in growth capital.
But I need to let you in on a little secret… When it comes to venture capital vs. angel capital, I prefer teaching entrepreneurs to raise angel capital.
Why? Because it’s 15 times EASIER to raise angel capital than venture capital. It's true. Last year, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire and the National Venture Capital Association, 57,225 ventures were funded by angel investors, while only 3,808 companies were funded by venture capital firms.
And armed with my proven, insider strategies for raising angel capital, you too can successfully raise capital from angel investors.
In fact, the Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors, takes you through the entire process of raising angel capital; from understanding exactly how to find angel investors, to presenting your company to them like a pro, to structuring the deal terms so the angel funding hits your bank account without delay.
Just Follow My System:
Raising Angel Capital
Is Easier Than You Think
Sure, I’ve raised millions of dollars in angel capital for companies that I’ve started.
And sure, I have helped over 2,000 clients who have raised millions more in angel capital.
But when I started developing Growthink’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors, I didn’t stop with my existing, proven techniques. I had to make sure that my system and methodologies were foolproof for ALL entrepreneurs.
So, what did I do?
I did more research. I interviewed tons of angel investors, and tons of entrepreneurs who have raised angel capital. I had to be absolutely sure that I knew more about raising angel capital than anyone!
The good news is that this research further validated my system….and resulted in a few more insider techniques for raising angel capital that I can now share with buyers of Growthink’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors.
That’s right, I’ve already done all the hard work for you.
The system I present to you in the Guide is the result of me researching, working on, tweaking and testing every part of the angel capital raising process for over ten years.
I’ve reviewed, created and tried tons of different techniques, and improved and improved on the ones that worked. And finally I’ve been able to fully systematize it.
That’s right...I’ve gotten it down to a simple step-by-step gameplan that any entrepreneur can easily follow. Yes, the same system that I have used to raise millions of dollars in angel capital for myself and my clients can now be yours.
And it couldn’t be easier for you to apply this to your business.
Thanks for all of your help! Before I purchased your product, I was largely uninformed about the process of raising equity capital outside of the established public markets. I knew that I needed to capitalize my start-up and that private money was out there sitting on the sidelines, but I lacked the inside industry perspective to focus my search for sources of funding that meet the specific needs of my business.
The education that I obtained from absorbing the material provides me the knowledge base and confidence required to assure that I can successfully engage Angels and VCs as needed to grow my business beyond the seed round of financing. Great work, and keep delivering high-value products to entrepreneurs in need.
Youngblood Capital Group
Will This Action Plan Work
For YOUR BUSINESS?
As I mentioned earlier, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, 57,225 ventures raised money from angel investors last year. And, these angels invested $19.2 billion in these companies. Yes, that’s $19,200,000,000.00!
And, importantly, this money was given to companies in all market sectors: healthcare, software, retail, industrial, energy, biotechnology, business and consumer services, media, etc.
That’s right – angel investors provide money to all types of companies, including yours!
Better yet, the Center for Venture Research counts 260,000 active angel investors in the U.S. alone. And in Growthink’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors, I’m going to show you how to find and attract these 260,000 active angel investors.
Better yet, I’m going to show you how to find and attract the 9 Million “latent” angel investors….that is, the 9 million Americans who have the means and ability to invest in your business, but don’t yet consider themselves to be “angel investors.”
So, yes, you CAN raise angel funding for your business. That is, if you know where to look and how to do it – and that’s exactly what I’m here to teach you!
What To Do When Wasting Your
Time & Failure Is Not An Option...
Do you know the #1 reason businesses fail?
Do you think it’s because the entrepreneurs didn’t know what they were doing?
Is it because they didn’t have the right vision? Or because they hired the wrong people?
No, No and NO!
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the #1 reason why companies fail is that they lack money. It’s that simple. If you have enough money and a powerful business plan, you simply can’t fail. Period.
The problem is... most entrepreneurs have no idea how to raise capital from angel investors. Why? Because they have never done it before.
They have trouble finding angel investors, and even when they do, they incorrectly position and present their companies. And, as a result, they fail to raise money. In fact, most times they actually scare good angel investors off.
Don’t make this mistake, when it’s now so easy to avoid with the right knowledge.
You have to know what angel investors are really looking for. And you have to know how to find them, how to contact them, how to present to them, and how to successfully negotiate with them. If you screw up ANY of these steps, unfortunately, you won’t get funding.
What’s more... once an angel investor rejects your business, they will rarely, if ever, give you a second chance. That’s it.
You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
Fortunately, Growthink’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors allows you to avoid all the pitfalls that cripple most entrepreneurs and allow you to quickly, easily, and expertly raise capital from angel investors.
I had raised capital before, but not in sufficient amounts to succeed. I knew there was a lot missing from my understanding of the process. From Growthink I learned many excellent strategies, including how to correctly network with VC firms to find seed stage investors. I feel quite confident and I am now ready to raise my first new capital round since 2007
Winning Entrepreneurs Partner
With Other Winners
In early 2009, Harvard Business School published a report. The report proved that entrepreneurs with a track record of success were much more likely to succeed than first-time entrepreneurs and those who have previously failed.
So, how do you ensure success when you’re not yet a successful serial entrepreneur?
Well, you partner with a company like Growthink. Growthink is comprised of successful serial entrepreneurs like myself and my co-founder Jay Turo. And, we’ve figured out how to transfer our success to entrepreneurs like you. In fact, we’ve done it over 2,000 times already.
Growthink clients have raised over $1 Billion. They have launched countless new products, successfully penetrated numerous markets, and yielded massive wealth for their founders.
In fact, entrepreneurs like you have come to Growthink, raised money, grown their businesses, and then sold their businesses for hundreds of thousands, millions, and even hundreds of millions of dollars.
While you and I are still working hard on our businesses today, many of these Growthink clients now have nearly unlimited wealth, have opted for early retirement, and are living the lives of their dreams.
When you are guided by Growthink’s “Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money from Angel Investors,” you get the power of Growthink behind you and your business. You get our best products, ideas and advice. You get proven success in your corner.... the exact prescription that Harvard Business School gave to entrepreneurs who want to succeed.
In addition to our client success stories, you get, in your corner, Growthink’s worldwide reputation as the leader in helping entrepreneurs raise money and succeed. Growthink’s news, articles, insights and features can be found in over 100 magazines, journals and newspapers including the following:
Where have you seen Growthink before?
Here’s What’s Included In the Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors...
The Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors is a comprehensive report that covers the following core areas:
Chapter 1 - Getting Started:
Building Your Angel Capital Foundation
Before you can even think about raising angel capital, there are some quick “Getting Started” steps you need to take to prepare you. Here’s what we’ll cover in the “Getting Started” chapter...
- The terminology you must know when raising angel capital; without this, you’ll quickly get lost
- Five (5) different sources of equity investments and how they fit into your funding strategy
- The importance of planning out your long-term funding strategy from the get-go
- The amount of angel capital available to you at each phase of your growth
- How angel investors differ from venture capitalists
- Reasons, other than cash, why angel investors can help you build a massive empire
Chapter 2 – What Angel Investors
It is impossible to get an angel investor to write you a check if you don’t know exactly what they are looking for and want.
But once you know what motivates them, pushing their hot buttons is pretty easy. Here’s what we’ll cover in the “What Angel Investors Really Want” chapter...
- The exact profile of the typical angel investor
- What a "latent" angel investor is, and why these angels are SO important
- The four (4) specific reasons why angels invest and how to leverage this when presenting to them
- The types of companies angels love to finance and how to position your company as one of them
- The exact criteria angels will use to judge your company
- The precise return on investment that angels will seek from your company
- The difference between accredited and unaccredited angel investors and why this will effect your capital raising strategy
Chapter 3 – Creating Your Angel Capital
Marketing & Presentation Materials
By this point, you will have mastered the terminology that angels use. You will also have gained detailed, insider insight into the angel’s mind and the ability to use that insight to persuade their decision-making.
But before you can start contacting angel investors, you will need to create the documents that angels will use in the process of judging and funding your company.
Here’s what we’ll cover in Chapter 3...
- How to create your high concept pitch, and why it’s so amazingly effective in attracting angels
- The keys to a killer elevator pitch and the 3 characteristics it MUST have
- Five (5) keys to a business plan that will knock an angel’s socks off
- Three (3) critical elements to include in your Executive Summary
- The ten (10) questions that your angel investor slide presentation must answer, and how to order and format your presentation to maximize effectiveness
- When you need a Private Placement Memorandum, and when you don't
Chapter 4 – Finding Angel Investors
The biggest question that most entrepreneurs have is how to find an angel investor. Finding them is actually quite easy if you know what to look for and follow our game plan.
In Chapter 4, “Finding Angel Investors,” you will learn:
- What not to do – the key thing that many entrepreneurs do that wastes their time and money
- How to find angel investor groups
- Where you can go to physically meet angel investors
- How to find angel investors online (HINT: it’s not how you think)
- Three (3) simple techniques to find successful business owners who want to invest in your business
- The eleven (11) questions you must answer in order to create an amazing angel investor list
Chapter 5 – Contacting & Meeting with
At this point you are ready, have aimed, and are positioned to fire....that is, you are ready to contact angel investors like a seasoned entrepreneur.
In this chapter, “Contacting & Meeting With Angel Investors,” you will learn:
- The three (3) key roles that angel investors can play
- The absolute best technique to get the most possible angel meetings
- The three (3) things you need to pitch angel investors when you meet with them
- Exactly what information you must cover in your angel investor meeting
- The two (2) goals of your angel meeting
Chapter 6 – Legal and Negotiating
Issues & Closing the Deal
By this point, you’ve met with angel investors and they’re ready to write you a check.
While you’re clearly headed in the right direction at this point, failing to favorably negotiate the terms of the financing transaction could be catastrophic.
The deal terms are often the difference between you eventually receiving a personal check for millions upon millions of dollars (when you later sell the company or IPO) or losing control of your company.
In this chapter, you will learn the key legal and negotiating issues to protect your interests, including:
- Two (2) insider techniques to raise angel capital while protecting your business ideas and intellectual property (IP)
- How to set your deal terms
- Why choosing simple or complex deal terms is one of the most important decisions your company will ever make
- What Convertible Promissory Notes are, and how to determine if you must use them for your angel financing
“Who Should I Write
This Check Out To?”
Will your life be different next month?
It could be incredibly different, as you could be ready and poised to skyrocket towards success in your business.. Here’s how...
Imagine it’s a month from now, and you’re sitting in a meeting. You’re dressed nicely, and across from you is an angel investor who knows your business inside and out and can help you grow a massive empire.
As you take a sip of your drink, the angel investor takes a deep breath, and then looks at you. He looks you squarely in the eye, and asks, “Who should I write this check out to?”
You’re sitting there excited. But you don’t want to seem too excited, like you weren’t expecting this moment.
So, you coolly take another sip of your drink and place it down slowly. Then you say, excited but almost in disbelief about how quickly it happened for you-
“I’m happy to have you on board. You can make the check out to ...”
And that’s it. Your funded... and you’re off and running. You followed my angel investor guide and it helped win you the investment you were looking for.
Now... how about thinking a little longer term too?
Getting money to start or grow your business is great, but it’s just one step. But let’s say you’re sitting at a conference table after you have successfully GROWN your business.
And this time, the person across from you says “Yes... I’d like to buy your company”. Then they proceed to write a multi-million dollar check to you personally and buy your business.
This is the next level of what the right angel investor guide can and will do for you. Are you ready? Now is the time for you to take the right action.
The more you know about angel investors, the better your odds of getting funding. Use Growthink's Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors to get prepared.
Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
How Much Is This Worth To You?
Remember, I’m going to give you my proven, simple-to-follow guide to raising money from angel investors. The one that’s helped over 2,000 entrepreneurs like you raise millions of dollars in funding.
And which has allowed them to build numerous multi-million dollar empires. Not to mention the blood, sweat and tears I poured into creating the guide over TEN years.
So how much is raising capital and building a successful company worth to you?
Maybe $499? Maybe $999?
So you know, hundreds of entrepreneurs have paid these prices to attend seminars and hear me speak. And they have left empty handed -- without access to Growthink’s Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money from Angel Investors.
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I want EVERY ENTREPRENEUR to be able to easily afford this guide. I consider this my patriotic mission.
My Patriotic mission???
The success of the our economy has always been the direct result of entrepreneurs like you starting and growing their companies. You provide jobs, important products and services, a tax base, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions About
"The Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors"
Q: I’m new at this. I’ve never raised capital before. Can someone like me, with little experience, follow your information? Is this easy to understand, or is it too advanced for me?
A: Don’t worry - yes, you, and anyone else can follow the information presented in The Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors. I went to great lengths to make sure that all of our content is clear, simple and straightforward. Yet, the information is still extremely helpful to those who have experience raising capital...specifically, there are tons of new tips and tricks that even the experienced capital-raising entrepreneur can use to raise more capital and succeed.
Q. I have an established business that is doing very well. Is The Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors just for startups, or is it for established businesses too?
A. The Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors was designed for BOTH startups and established businesses. The process of raising angel capital is the same for both.
Growthink really understands how to create compelling business plans and raise capital, and Growthink's Capital Raising Products succeed in infusing this knowledge.
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Board of Governors, Tech Coast Angels
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