Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to the many questions we get asked every day

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How successful is your service?

We have been referring Angel Investors to businesses since 1992. Most businesses who register with us meet with angel investors. From there it is up to the parties involved to strike a deal. Read some of the testimonials on this website.

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Why choose us?

  • We are the Australian pioneers of the Business Angel process - take advantage of our experience.
  • We understand the importance of personally matching the business's needs with the angel's expertise and networks, as well as funds.
  • We know how important it is for business partners to have similar standards and values.
  • We personally manage your application and make considered referrals.
  • We encourage investors to meet privately with business owners rather than pitching in public to strangers.
  • We are available to guide you through the process by drawing on our years of experience.
  • We don't try to sell you consulting services; we encourage you to use your own professional advisers.
  • We don't persuade you to buy expensive media advertisements.
  • We have helped many companies whose turnover is less than $1m
  • Google considers us an "important, high-quality site" therefore we rank number one in the google search without having to pay to be there - this gives your profile excellent exposure.
  • Our service is based in Australia. We have national and international clients.

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How long will it take me to find an investor?

This depends how prepared you are. Do you have a clear idea of how you will deploy the angels investment? Many investors say that businesses are not clear about the way ahead and think that money is the answer to their problems. Apart from that, it can take a while for the investor to complete their due diligence and for everyone to be happy with the Shareholders Agreement.

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Are all your investors currently active & interested? Databases are not always kept up to date, I need to know whether yours is.

Our list of investors is active and up to date. The list is populated from our in-house matching database which we use continually to match the files. It is essential for our work that the database only contain active investors. Some investors, however, may not have advised us that their time is committed elsewhere at the moment. Other investors are not very active, preferring to stay on the database waiting for a specific type of opportunity to register. The other side of this is that your listing can attract interest from investors visiting our site (traffic to our site estimated at around 6000 each month).

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How many businesses have you matched?

Around ninety percent of the businesses who register with us are referred to investors. Not all enter into an arrangement with Angel Investors for a variety of reasons. Apart from those mention above, the inability of the business and the angel to broker a deal, incompatible personalities, are some of the major reasons. More information about this is available in the guide Private Capital for Private Companies.

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How are deals structured?

There is no fixed answer to this. Here is one example.
With x , I would get initially get 7.5% of each company for $75K cash and 'earn' a further 7.5% in each company through working in both companies over the next 2 years, taking me to 15% of each company by end of Y2 (a bit complicated!). This is agreed pending a review of the books, which I think will be fine. X is preparing a letter of intent. Shareholders agreement will follow and we hope to wrap the whole thing up and get on with the real work by the end of July.

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Why didn't the investor call me after you referred them to me?

When investors do not respond to a referral it is usually because the proposition is not put to them from their point of view, but only from the businesses point of view.

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