|Angel Investor Group Profile|
In 1998, individual entrepreneurs in Vermont converged and formed an angel investment group that is now known as the North Country Angels. With a membership that comprises 35 established and highly competent businessmen, they work towards the same goal of providing assistance to newly incorporated and developing companies in the Northeastern part of the United States in the form of seed investment. The group makes individual investment decisions because it is not organized to formally engage in group investments. Although, in some cases, a set of members is allowed and can make investments, depending upon what has been agreed with the company to be funded.
The North Country Angels group member investors are also founders, board member,s or investors in various businesses of different fields. On the other hand, as members of the North Country Angels, each are individually active in making investment decisions, assisting in business development, management and board functions, in evaluating and formulating cost effective investments and in marketing the investment group. They do not only shell out significant amounts of capital, but invest their own skills and expertise as well. Currently, the group is expanding its network of dynamic individual members who want to share their knowledge and skills in the investment business.
North Country Angels investors gather every month for a meeting, where evaluation of business proposals and presentations, sharing of due diligence processes, establishing vital connections and discussion of current investment news in the community takes place. They are an agile group of investors who have strong senses in pointing out highly qualified and competitive companies to back-up. Qualified companies are those who already has formed and developed a basic concept and has a strategically formulated business plan, and thus in turn makes a highly viable business investment. An investment funding amounting to $100,000-$1 million will be granted to the company. Also, if a future need of large-scale investment persists, the group can help in sourcing out this fund through affiliate companies that provide higher amounts of funding.
Funding applications are submitted to the angel group's Coordinator, who is in-charge of the initial screening and due diligence processing of the business proposal. A recommendation will be made for the whole group for assessment. The company shall there after present its business proposal to a member or members of the investment group. After further assessment, a due diligence evaluation process will take place. Successful candidates shall also be assisted in building a strong management team, formulating an effective financial strategy, establishing vital contacts and partnerships and other essential needs.
North Country Angels Website
This angel investment group website has a very formal and concise presentation. It includes the North Country Angels brief summary of relevant company information, a descriptive profile of its members and investors and a list of companies and organizations they are affiliated with. For interested start-up companies, a whole page of detailed information about angel investing is available, as well as the process of application. But then, if there are still more questions in mind that has not been answered, queries can be emailed to the group. The email address links can be found in the different parts or pages of the site. There is also a page for inquiries and interested companies that seek funding. It has a form that needs to be filled out with basic information about the company. Once accomplished and submitted, it will be forwarded to the investment group's coordinator.
Various links and resources that are very useful to start-up businesses and as well as to those who are interested in putting up a business are also provided by the North Country Angels website. These are links to Vermont websites, federal funding sites, capital access links, intellectual property links, commercialization resource sites, technology news sites and other entrepreneur-related sites.
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|Angel Investor Group Profile|