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St. Louis Arch Angels
St. Louis Arch Angels, suitably named as it is an angel group itself, was incorporated on January of 2005 at St. Louis, Missouri. It is an independent and non-profit corporation that was formulated by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise for the purpose of gaining lucrative return of investments for its network members from investing on emerging newly established businesses of high potentials. Aside from providing capital as a group, individual members also provide a number of very essential aids to boost company progress and success. They give assistance on specific business needs, such as proper business planning, team building, fund raising, generating business contacts, even serving as board members themselves and other necessary mentoring needs as the need arises.

As a corporation, the St. Louis Arch Angels network has a set of board of directors that comprises a chairman, president, treasurer, secretary and other members. Its members come from a large-scale entrepreneurial backgrounds and are respected in their own fields as CEO's, venture capitalists, business leaders or as entrepreneurs themselves. They also have either incorporated or invested on companies themselves.

St. Louis Arch Angels network of members are joined together by the same goals and visions as investors and entrepreneurs. Membership is strictly invitational and follows an exact criteria. Prospective members should be accredited investors in accordance with the SEC rules, has an explicit reputation as an entrepreneur or has managed and/or operated outstanding companies, should take part in network endeavors, should generate a wide range of contacts that can be used for the promulgation of the investment group, and should invest at least $50,000 annually as an individual member.

With the vast expertise of each investors and/or members, any company or business would benefit enormously from the St. Louis Arch Angels investment group. But they also have a rigid criteria for investment applicants. First and foremost, an applicant company should have a strong management team who are passionate and committed enough to achieve success, should have a very promising target market, funding should be used for areas that are important in accelerating company value, should have a high potential for growth and progress accompanied by a plausible business plan to attain it, should also be highly competitive with other companies having similar nature, should have similar goals and visions with the investment group, offers fresh ideas or first-of-a-kind technological products or know-hows and lastly, should have a definite operational strategy to achieve maximum effects on return of investments.

After submitting a complete business plan, there are various stages to go through for qualification. First is the pre-screening process, where a team reviews and evaluates the proposal. If it qualifies for a screening session, a 15-minute presentation and another 15 minutes for further queries will be given to an applicant. Then, an investment group team will analyze the proposal through a due diligence process. If they decide that it is indeed a good investment, a dinner presentation will be required. This is where the business plan will be presented to all of the members of St. Louis Arch Angels investment group. If and when they finally decide to invest, it is then that the amount of investment, terms and conditions would be discussed and negotiated.

Among the many companies that the St. Louis Arch Angels have investments on are the Akermin Incorporated, Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric, Global Velocity, Lori Coulter, Sequoia Sciences, Somark Innovations and US Spine.

St. Louis Arch Angels Website

The St. Louis Arch Angels website is very simple and yet such an informative tool for business enthusiasts who seek funding. It shows a clear background about the investment group and its members, its vision and the membership details. It has a comprehensive explanation about investment applications, the necessary requirements for candidates/applicants and a guide for creating a business proposal. Business proposals can also be submitted online by creating a profile that requires a user name and password to log-in for future use and updates.

There are also links that are very useful for entrepreneurs, such as government sites about business, universities that offer business courses, and other local and entrepreneur sites. The site also offers a portion for FAQs for easy access to basic information, as well as links to essential information about business, such as term sheet summary, valuation guidelines and SEC regulations.

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