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Raising Seed and Startup Capital From Angel Investors

Who are angel investors?

They are typically entrepreneurs themselves. Angel investors differ from venture capitalists in that they are investing their own hard-earned money into your company rather than that of institutional investors. They usually invest in the range of $25,000 to $250,000.

Here is some important advice if you are pursuing angel investors. Don’t waste your time chasing investors more than an hour’s drive from where your company is situated. Both angel and venture capital investing are face-to-face relationships. If something starts to go wrong at an investment, the investor wants to be able to reach it in no more than an hour’s car commute. They do not want to have to jump aboard a plane to hold an impromptu meeting with management team.

It never ceases to amaze me how many first time capital seekers waste money couriering business plans overnight to a party on the opposite coast after the briefest of telephone or email conversations. They are then shocked to discover that even small deals require multiple face-to-face meetings which they cannot afford.

How to Close the Deal With Your Angel Investor

How to Raise Seed and Startup Capital From Angel Investors

Here are some additional articles with valuable tips and advice on how to find, approach, and deal with angel investors.

How Not to Approach Angel Investors Read this first. Don’t make these money raising mistakes when seeking seed or statup capital.

Angel Investor Networks Across the Country Comprehensive listing of angel investor groups and networks which provide seed, startup, and growth capital.

23 Responses to Angel Investors

  • Waste recycling is not a problem. I want to stop landfill overflow and i will!!!

  • I have developed a all natural mineral tonic,that fights cancer,arthritis,cholesterol,mineral deficientcy,high blood pressure,closing of arteries and veins,prostate problems,eye weekness,acne,oxygenizes the body,strengths organ health.this 60 year old vietamese man told me,when has wife cut has hair,black hair was growing back.So if anyone can help me get this off the ground,to help others,let me know. Im Corey call me at 727-692-3772

  • Seeking a $10 million dollar investor(s) for a six-year project that involves the publishing of art and ancillary products from the most renowned artists from every country of the world and the construction of the world’s first global Peace Monument and Cultural Centre.

    Every aspect of the project has been successfully tested and, if those interested would like a conversation with the co-founder of the project, please contact Ed Solomon at 1.949.295.5894.

    We are proposing that within the six-year period, the return of the $10 million original investment and $50 million ROI.

  • We are a used car dealership on a busy highway seeking to expand our inventory. We can provide very reasonable 10% interest on 3 year investment, or this could be worked out to monthly payments. Call (864)-847-5140.

  • Me and my son who just finished his degree in computer support and repair are looking to start up a joint business. We live in Dunkirk Indiana. At one time Dunkirk was a booming community. We want to bring it back. He wants to start a computer repair shop and I want to open a donut and pastry shop/café with wifi availability. Eventually we want to also open a animal rescue and transport business as well. In Jay County we have two but one is a kill shelter. We have amazing ideas for the rescue as well that we can take to other counties in our state. The issue is capital for our start up venture. Can you help us get started or lead us to someone who can bring our ideas to life. Thank You for your time. Sincerely The Nickols.

  • Hello, If there are any true Angel Investors out there I beg you to take a look at my organization Mystic Rose Social Service. Eight years of serving communities in the state the business resides in as well as others, my census of serving individuals and families has now reach over 7000 and rapidly increase due to these hard economic times. I have invested in individuals keeping there homes to putting homeless in homes, providing food, clothing, volunteer services, paying for individuals to see doctors, elderly care and these just name a few. Mystic Rose Social Services mission is to enhance the lives of those it serves by meeting the comprehensive needs of individuals, families, and the community through a partnership of programs that provides accessible education and health and human services of the highest quality. We have serve others as our mission states to the highest quality. I have never receive a government grant or ask for donations because I am able to work and make money by selling Insurance, grant writing, consultations, business plans, as well as social workers contracting out. This is how I have been able to maintain good community resources and giving back to the communities I have even put up my own vehicle and house to get the money to keep someone else from starving and been homeless. I am not here to tell a sad story but I really need an investor. I have proven paperwork or you can just Google the company’s name, it will be the proof needed. I started this business on my front porch August 8, 2008 in the first three months I was serving over 500 families. On August 21, 2013 I was told buy the property owner Mystic Rose address you have until the 23 to get our things and get out of my building. I was 1 month behind and was not giving a writing notice. I was out of the building on the 23 with no where for the Agency to go. All I am asking is for an Angel to Invest in our organization a facility. We work very hard and we just receive a contract with Texas Health & Human Service that if we don’t get help soon we will loose it. The reasons rent was not paid is because we do not receive nothing but the money I work for, I have been carrying this Agency off of my income that I earn and my husband income that is giving to me to support my own household. Well I do know that if God willing it will only be an Angel that will come to our aid. Thanks

    • Do not invest a penny with Lanettia Littleton she is thief and con woman who has conned many investors and people in need out of their money! all under the guise of a state agency that is supposed to help the needy run for hills!! Her license should be revoked and she should be in jail she even ripped off her staff in Corsicana.

  • My name is salim from tanzania, our company called STEEL INTERNATIONAL LTD from TANZANIA (east africa).Our company deals with export of metal scraps. Right now we have the project in angola which involve more than 150,000 mt. we are looking for the investors who we can work together since this project a huge amount of money around 5 million us dollars, also we are looking for the buyers who are ready to provide advance payment so that we can supply him whatever he wants that means if you are the buyer of metal scrap( hms 1&2,used rail) we can sign the contract of supplying you 50,000 mt of our product, then u pay advance payment of 3 million us dollar as advance payment and then the remain balance u will pay us after the deal is done,

    the buyer and his representatives are welcome to visit the work place when the operation is going on, for now we have not yet started the project, waiting for any serious buyer who can pay advance as i suggested or investors who can give us capital for this investment and he will get 15% ROI annually, we can supply 100,000 mt annually.you can see the attached above and u will see our project plan,company profile,some photos of metal scrap and the ship which we want to cut it down as scrap metal.

    im waiting for any question or suggestion from any serious buyer or investors who are ready to work with us.

    thanks
    salimmusa@yahoo.co.uk

  • Our company is called Westin Green Agri Product. We are based in Cape Town, South Africa. We are seeking
    investor(s) for our poultry project which comes with an abattoir. The poultry farm which grows 360 000 chickens per cycle, will be sold to us with a contract in place. the project will immediately create jobs for 360 people.We are seeking $7 million dollars to start our project and are open to discuss the terms and condition. cell no. +27834339424

  • Hello, we are in need of startup capital to launch an exciting new fashion line for Latinas aged 18 to 29. Our business plan asks for $1 million dollars. glorias1978@yahoo.com

  • Can you really help us? We are seeking $250,000 in startup capital to launch a new social media platform for aspiring artistes! We really need help. 212 345-2876

  • Dear Jesus, we pray that you deliver unto us some mighty needed startup capital for our new bible camp which will open in the summer of 2014.

    We know that you won’t let us down.

    Deliver our cash to russ74738@yahoo.com

  • Great money making possibility in downtown Orlando FL. Building, furniture, and inventory included they are asking $399.999.99

    Reported revenue is $1,310,010.00 
    cash flow of $410,000.00 

    Nightclub has several lounges/private booths/dance floors/stages and bars.

    This nightclub is 5 years existing. As of now they are only open 10pm-2am Thursday, Friday, Saturday. .. There is lots of room for hours and added days for operation. Looking at possible double income. Will pay back startup capital on agreed time plus %. Option for partners when startup is paid off. Nightclub currently has 27 employees. I will bring in 4 of my closest friends that have years of nightclub exp, also prior military. Security/Bartender/DJ/Bookkeeping.
    I do have a business plan of detailed expenses if contacted. 

    Existing owner will train and make familiar to the business.

     I’m asking for angel investor for startup capital of $550,000.00 for building, utilities and employee wages, also unexpected expenses to start. 

    I have experience in the nightclub scene from Barbacks-Management. 1 year barbacks/1 year security/2 years bartender/ 1 year manager. I have 3 years exp as customer service manager also. I’m a former Law Enforcement Officer, also prior military. I am in college for business management and will continue to seek degree. I currently reside in Wyoming but will relocate immediately.

    Thank you for your time. 
    Dilworth Luken
    Dilworth718@gmail.com

  • My partner and me is looking for some seed startup capital and was wondering if you can help us.

  • new power assist technology enhances the output of any energy source looking for partners

  • hello, i m looking for angel investor or venture capitalist for my project Waste Tyres to Fuel Oil which will be sell to various industry like cement,ceramics,glass,power plant factory etc.and this oil also can be conerted to diesel .Is there any one to interest about this ? please send me mail at monir_792@diu.edu.bd

  • Would like to receive seed funding for and existing funeral home .Would like a cash injection between 500k to 600k.This can be broken down between two investors. Can do 12% return over five years with principle and interest at end of term.I am a 100% disabled vet. Hold current embalming and funeral directors license in two states. North Carolina and Georgia. Started embalming at the age of nine. Tours of duty Vietnam and Iraq. Retired from U.S. Postal Service in 1998 with 20 yrs. of service due to my disability. Severe frost bite acquired in Germany tour of duty.I’ve chased my dream for over fourty-five years , but GOD and the Holy Spirit will not let me give up.My grand daddy taught me early in life, “Its not the size of the dog, but the fight in that dog “.

  • I am seeking a Private investor to invest $20K USD for the purchase of 10 Ounces of AU Dore Bar/ Gold Nuggets. This amount is for testing and confirmation of the product. The investment covers cost of product, Gov. Export tax, insurance, air freight, round trip ticket for one person the seller to fly from Liberia to USA to meet with buyer in Maryland, USA. At that time, they will be ready for the table top meeting, ground transportation local in USA, customs Broker’s Fee in USA, & Hotel Expense for 5 days. Investors rate of return on this deal is estimated at 1% of $1 million a month ($10k). The Investors payment is secured through the buyers SBLC (Stand-by Letter of Credit). The buyer has signed the Letter of Intent (LOI) as I have attached to purchase the first 10 ounces of AU Dore Bar. The buyer can commit to purchasing $1 million USD of Gold on a monthly basis from the seller. This will be a one time investment. The buyer will issue a Standby Letter of Credit from a top rated bank in the United States. The SBLC Stand By Letter of Credit will be Irrevocable & Confirmed.

  • new electronic security startup seeks

    1. I have an amazing device that prevents the loss
    and/or theft of cell phones, laptops, and Ipads.
    I call it: (“terms negotiable”).

    new software security technology

    2. I have a software crptology program and technique
    that can prevent all hacking, stealing, and violation
    of users privacy online and is 100% breakproof.
    I call it: (“terms negotiable”).

    new way for cars and drivers to communicate

    3. I have a cost-effective design and technique that
    allows vehicles to communicate directly with one
    another while driving or parked on the road or
    blow the horn only to specific drivers, North, South,
    East, and West directions without using a cell phone,
    texting, or a computer, etc.
    I call it: (“terms negotiable”)

    new way for all people and all countries
    to communicate : in one language

    4. I have a language algorithm and computer program
    combination whereby every race on the planet can
    communicate effectively using the same language
    and it is easy to understand and learn and understand
    like hand signals or A, B, C’s.
    I call it: (“terms negotiable”)

  • Pitching Precision LLC
    1295 Audel Ave
    Eugene, OR 97404
    Manager/Dallas Page 541-556-5576 dpage@pitching-precision.com

    Short Form Introduction

    A. Business Plan – will be given to any potential investor along with non compete and non disclosure
    documents upon investor and manager meeting and introducing the product and design.

    B. Because of the sensitivity of this product being copied (even though we hold a patent on this product),
    before we release this product on the open market in November of this year, access to our Website will
    be very limited and only investors will be able to visit the site after reviewing the product and
    experiencing the positive influence this product will have on the baseball and fast pitch softball players.

    C. After reviewing this short form introduction to our product and if you have an interest in investing in
    this product, a demonstration meeting of the product can be scheduled and reviewed.

    Explanation of the Product and its use

    We have been working on this product for over 4 years now and now that we have the patent, we are ready move on to the next step in launching this product for internet sales this November. This product has only been shown to family members, 3 college and 2 minor league pitchers and each one of them said the same thing. “Why hasn’t this been developed before now and can you make one for me?”

    Every pitcher has the same problem of getting someone to catch for them, thus they can never hone their skills and accuracy, because throwing at a tire or a screen behind the plate never tells them where each pitch crosses the plate and at what height. With this product any pitcher or even catchers/fielders can monitor where each pitch crosses the plate or bag and then with our app they can closely follow accurate pitch location and percentages. (Much like a basketball player monitors free throws.)

    Muscle memory is the key and we can help any pitcher become more accurate over the plate at any height and outside of the plate at any height. Our product will help catchers and fielders become more accurate with throws to home plate or any base without a team mate, friend or family member needed to catch for them. (Our demonstrational video shows this very well)

    Company Purpose

    To help each pitcher at all levels to be able to develop muscle memory without the help of someone to catch for them. There are 180,000 Little League team in the U.S. alone, which equates to 2 million pitchers with 200,000 new pitchers coming into the leagues every year. And this does not even include the babe ruth, high school, college, minor and fast pitch softball leagues.

    Our projections are to sell 60,000 units our first year which equates to a net profit of $5,520,000.00 in our first year. We plan to manufacture part of our product in house to hold the product close to the chest at first and we have our shop drawings and stations designed. We also can double our production very easily in two weeks if we need to, depending upon demand. (We see that keeping up with demand will be our largest problem.)

    At 60,000 sales the first year we have only tapped less than 2 percent of the Little League market. The need for this product is so great and needed at every level and response from serious pitchers has been nothing but, “make me one and sell it to me“. We met with a minor league pitcher in the Northwest and he spent over 3 hours with us playing with our product and trying to find a weakness in the prototype. We took a few thoughts from him and adjusted a few areas of the prototype and we believe we are ready to move forward on production, website, advertising and promotion.

    There is nothing like this product on the market today and now that we have the patent we are more comfortable moving forward, but we still want to limit the public on who sees this product until we launch it in November.

    This is a startup company, but if you know anything about baseball you will see that this product will be purchased by thousands of potential pitchers, not even counting the catchers and fielders that will want to order our additional line of products.

    We are working with an engineer on a future product similar in design but will be so much better than we have now, but we are about 3 years out from launching this product also. It will be more costly, but those who have our product now, will want this new product when it comes out in a few years. We are working on the patent for this one now.

    Our Team

    1. Shop and manufacturing manager – Dallas Page – Over 30 years as a land developer and contractor. CEO of Anasazi Construction and Design LLC, President of Parthenon Construction and Design, President of Hanil Construction Inc and managing member of Rosewood Holding Co. LLC

    2. Internet advertising – Ben Johnson is a Google engineer and is consulting with the company on internet sales and promotion.

    3. Internet advertising – James Page is a sales rep for Go-Daddy and a 6’4”, 225 lbs, left handed pitcher who is in his last year of college and the co-founder of Pitching Precision and has great connections in sales promotion and product design.

    4. Shipping and Sales – Bradley Page is a sales rep for a pool company in Arizona and ready to come on board as our managing sales rep for this new business. He has over 4 years in sales and understands what it takes to ship the right product and contact the right people.

    5. Web site design – Jacquelyn Johnson has over 10 years experience in architectural CAD design and is currently developing Pitching Precision’s Website, Instruction Videos, product placement and expansion.
    Jacquie has developed several websites including C2S Rings, which designed, developed and sold jewelry on the internet.

    6. Payment and Invoicing – Austin Page is the CEO and co-founder of C2S Rings, a company that designed rings and other jewelry. Austin is currently the Medical Manager for over 17 doctors and is consulting on the development of a pay pal design for the website.

    As you can see we have kept this product close to the family, as it is easy to copy and we want it to be a big splash when it hit’s the market in November.

    Investing interest

    If you have an interest in knowing more about the product and would like to see a demonstration, we would be happy to schedule one with you. We are interested in a partner/s and would like to show you the prototype if you have a sincere interest in investing.

  • I’m looking for funding to start a restoration business the items we will be restoring will consist of antique items such as peddle cars advertising vintage cars and trucks as well as motorcycles and many other items that are from years gone by if anyone could put my wife an I in touch with a Angel investor it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Business Plan – will be given to any investor, because of being copied and being charged in the wrong ways. My name is Gracye W. Reed, I’m an African-American, handicapped woman. I’ve been in a wheelchair for over 29 years. I am 43 years old. Can you help us. Trying to find a grant writer, investor or someone that can just help us out. Grant writing cost too much and talking to people, I’m running around “No” wheeling around like a monkey with his tail, cut off. This is what I’m looking for. I am trying to find someone who can help me, “No, US!” the disabled people; someone who can help us fund this retreat and special project-programs. This letter will tell you a little about the retreat and special program- projects, what it is for, how it will help and what it will bring to the table. We are also going green throughout the whole retreat, recycling water, recycling energy and recycling cans, paper and glass and much more. Also included in this is an outlook of the retreat as well as drawings of plans and signs, which I have. If I had the chance to pick the help and the people for this; special program- projects, I would hope and pray that it would be, the T.V. show, The Extreme Makeover Home edition, hoping that they would take this on and with my design and there outlook on things, the place will be everything I imagine and more. This does not have to be on T.V., just want their help. This retreat will have benefits for all the disabled. I have a spot in mind for this retreat. The lot is over in Ontario Ca, I have the lot-Per shell number. I was hoping to get this land will be donated to us and this special project-program. Please help the disabled community with this special project-program. Help those who need jobs, those that are handicapped and want to work and those that just need a place like this to relax, and have some fun and just want to get away in life. I have the whole thing designed, written drown and ready to go. I also have the copy writes, to all of this. If you will help us out on this, this year!
    Employment: This retreat will bring a lot of job opportunities for many people in different ways, if you are disabled or not disabled. I strongly encourage the disabled people to work at this retreat and others that may open.

    Example: cooks, waiters, waitresses, housekeepers, therapists and so much more.

    I have the name for this place,you will fined it out, if you help us out. The Retreat: A rode Iron Gate will be around the whole retreat and recycling Center, R-V parking lot, two parks named “Victory Park” and another for a Celebrity wing, “Victory Park 2”. It also includes a guest parking lot, vegetable garden and fruit trees. Then you have the Petty James Reeds banquet /conference/Faculty Hall. Wheeling Comforts has a pool and hot tub, men’s and women’s restrooms and “the cage”, which is the place to have weddings and parties etc. The front of the retreat is a yard. There will be various electrical outlets in the brick fence around yard and house. You have in the house, dining rooms and kitchens and all of the other places where events can be held! There is a large size house, within the house there is a living room, laundry rooms, dining room, kitchen, hall-ways; Pantry & Linen closets, bedrooms & bathrooms. The rooms are named after “stones of the earth”. On the back side of the main house are more various electrical outs and Side-walks that lead you in many directions. One of the ways goes to the day-care, laundry rooms, and staff rooms. In the Courtyard, there are ten rooms. In the middle of the ten rooms, you have the Courtyards. Then you come to the gates of the celebrity wing, and they can have the same fun, with their own privacy as well. In there is a kitchen, dining room, day care, a small park, storage, laundry rooms, the other side of the retreat, and the celebrity wing parking lot. On both sides of the retreat, on the outside gates there are a dog runs and above that a cat runs. On the outer outside wall, on the other side of the Celebrity wing is the gift shop, salon and Medical center.

    Example: There will be special equipment for the disabled people so they can get in and out of the pools, bathtubs and bed; as well as having special vehicles with lifts and ramps etc for all guest and employees.

    Medical and Therapy center: There is a Medical center for any type of emergency or medical needs, for all staff and customers, until the paramedics arrive. A therapy on call for your therapy needs. A psychiatrist, there on call for those needing that back up in life. You also have on the outside wall, a salon and gift shop-Medical supply.

    There are many places to hold special events and parties like (1) both Victory Parks (2) The Cage, (3) The Petty James Reed Banquet/Conference/ hall. (4) Pool and Hot Tub Areas (5) Courtyard (6) Celebrity wing, only Celebrities here. In all of these places, you will be able to hear music from the stereo systems; we will also be able to break off or change the music in many ways and areas around the retreat as needed. So we can have many events at the same time. I would love to give us, the disabled a place of our own. A place to come and have some fun (if needed and a place to work.) We have Know comfortable place to do anything like this!!!! It will be the first. I’m also starting a none-profit, Willing Comforts Centers INC. With this I’ll be able to give to the ones that feel the world has forgotten them. Both of these will be working together. So if you can help us, I would greatly appreciate it; and can help the disabled community get back into the world force. And give them a little place to call their own!

    :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

    thank you for your time!

  • Looking for serious investors for a very lucrative business venture in Zimbabwe

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