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Canadian Investment Network

Entrepreneur FAQ

What is the Canadian Investment Network?

The Canadian Investment Network is Canada’s premiere matching service for entrepreneurs (looking for growth capital) and business investors (looking for profitable opporunities). Created by a committed group of professionals formerly involved in business acquisition consulting, information technology and government, the creative concept and foundation of this network was developed to take Canadian business to the next level. The Canadian Investment Network is continually growing, developing and updating it’s database of qualified investors. The parent company of the Canadian Investment Network is Dealflow Solutions Ltd.

Why should I trust this website ?

This site is run by completely independant management that has no links whatsoever to any other Investment or Entrepreneur oriented organization. We are incorporated under a Canadian federal corporate charter. We fervently believe in the objectives of this service and are focused on ensuring credibility and commitment to our customers at all times. The website is the result of a significant financial and intellectual investment by its management over a long period of time. It is continually being upgraded and improved.The modest fees that are charged for our service represent only a small fraction of the total investment that has been made and in no way could be considered a "quick buck" operation. Finally, any fees paid by Entrepreneurs are eligible for our generous refund policy should a legitimate Investor contact not ultimately happen.

What is an Angel Investor?

Originally, the term “angel” was coined to refer to the people who financed broadway plays when all else failed. Today this term has become common among the investment community to refer to a high net-worth individual that invests their own personal funds in various businesses. In Canada, it is estimated that there are well over 200,000 potential angel investors that annually invest approximately $3 billion in Canadian businesses and currently own over $12 billion in existing equity. This represents roughly 7% of what the banks are investing. As well, statistics show that this figure trumps that of venture capital lending. The Canadian labour market and productivity centre estimates that angel investments have financed approximately twice as many firms as any other form of external equity investment, including institutional venture capital. In addition to appealing to Angel Investors, we also attract venture capital companies, hedge funds, investment brokers, and commercial loan companies to handle all sizes and forms of investments.

What is an Angel Investor Profile?

Angel investors are individuals who invest their own capital in fledgling businesses, both in the technology and non- technology areas. Research by Allan Riding at Carleton University shows that such individuals typically have run their own small businesses, have significant net worth and income, tend to be college-educated, and are extremely discerning in the projects that they will invest in (rejecting, on average, approximately 97% of the proposals submitted to them). Angel investors typically invest in a business after the entrepreneur's "love capital" (capital from relatives and friends) has been exhausted, but before the firm has reached a stage at which it will be eligible for venture capital investment. Angel investments typically range from about $10,000 to $150,000, although investments may range upwards of $500,000. Professor Riding's research also indicates that, historically, most angel investors seek to invest close to home-within a 150-km radius of where they live.

What is the difference between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capital firm?

Generally, angel investors do not invest in deals over $1 million, whereas venture capital firms typically do not look at deals under this amount. Angels make their own decisions as opposed to a board or group of people making a decision for investors that have pooled money together. Angels tend to be more involved in the businesses that they invest in and provide assistance in ways that venture capital firms do not. Angels typically do not own as large a stake in the company as a venture capital firm would. Another benefit of being an angel investor is the reception of certain tax incentives from investing in Canadian controlled small businesses.

How does the service work?

Entrepreneurs first register on the site and then enter an investment proposal summary. There are a range of packages available offering different levels of service. Once your proposal details are submitted and approved, our proprietary system will forward the proposal to all potential investors that match the criteria. You are notified by email when an investor clicks a button to notify you of their interest. If you activate your proposal using the Basic Services Package, then in order to be able to respond to the investor(s), you are required to pay online a one-time fee by major credit card or PayPal account for either the Referral Services or Premium Services package. If you prepay the Referral or Premium Services package fee, and no investor contacts are made for your proposal, a refund will be issued if requested. Prepayment of a package fee gives you more features and increases the liklihood of investor contact. The Canadian Investment Network is strictly a matching service bringing together business investors and entrepreneurs and does not charge any other fees for this service.

What are the costs?

There are three different packages available. Each offers a different level of service, ranging from our Basic package (free, no upfront costs) to our Premium package (multiple features in return for a prepaid fee). We suggest that you click on the "Our Rates" page in the Entrepreneurs section of the site. Our service may provide one or many business investor lead but you pay only the one time fee. Your proposal will remain in the system for 180 days (or longer if you wish to renew).

How is my privacy protected?

The site was developed using proprietary database management tools and a secure server is used to assure that no one sees your business or personal information. Your information is not offered to any third party for any purposes. The information you enter into the website is guaranteed to be kept confidential and private.

Why should I use this service?

As an entrepreneur, you are already aware of the growing resistance of banks in Canada to finance small business. It is virtually impossible to obtain financing without having secured assets, providing personal guarantees, etc, etc. Private investors are the logical source to provide financing to small business. With $3 billion invested annually in Canada and growing all the time, the main obstacle is locating and presenting your idea to this large group of investors. The Canadian Investment Network allows an entrepreneur to: a) Find a source of capital. b) Find an experienced investor that can provide guidance and support. c) Make it all come together in a fast and efficient way.

What makes this service unique?

There are a number of services like this in many US markets but very few exist in Canada. The reason why this service is unique is: 1. We are a Canadian based matching service connecting Canadian entrepreneurs with Canadian investors. Exposure to US and international investors is also available. 2. Although we do review your investment summaries, the investors determine for themselves what they would like to invest in. Many other services "pre-screen" deals. What is not right for one is not necessarily not right for another. 3. Our fee can be as low as only $149 resulting in contact with many potentially serious investors. 4. The service operates in "real-time". Like any entrepreneur, you need your investment capital yesterday and the service was developed to satisfy your needs for fast and efficient private investor prospecting.

How do I get started?

Simply enter the “Entrepreneur” log-in area and complete the basic registration and then press "submit". Your investment summary will be sent out to all of the angel investors in the database that match the specific criteria that they have selected with what you are offering and you will be notified once a match is made. All you have to do is wait for the matches to be emailed to you and then make a decision to proceed. Remember, you pay only once whether one investor or fifty investors are found. It is recommended that you always move forward with as many investors as possible until the best deal is completed. We also encourage entrepreneurs to act as quickly as possible, before the interested investor(s) move on to something else.

How will I attract the attention of potential investors?

When dealing with anl investor, at the very least your proposal should address the following; - How much money do you need? - Why do you need it? - When do you need it? - What are you willing to give up to get it? - When and how can you pay it back? Investors need your answers to these questions before they will even consider helping you. They are not looking for "pipe dreams" or unprofessional sounding proposals. They expect a reasonably sound business plan as well as an understanding from entrepreneurs that an investor is not going to just blindly hand over significant sums of money with no strings attached whatsoever. They may be angels but there are limits to what they are prepared to do.

How can I pay if I don't want to use a credit card

If you are unable to or uncomfortable with using a credit card, you can pay via cheque when beginning the process of establishing contact with a potential investor if you prefer. We also have a PayPal account if you'd prefer. All that you would need to do is email us to inform us of your intention using the "contact us" page on this website. At that point, we would inform you of what steps need to be taken to complete the transaction with as little hassle as possible.

How should I protect myself?

We advise that Entrepreneurs never pay so-called "upfront" fees for any reason. You are looking for capital, not the investor. If investors request an upfront fee, please let us know so we can look into it. You might also consider asking that a non-disclosure agreement be signed by any potential investors before initiating any negotiations.

How do I delete my account/proposal?

You can use the contact us form to let us know you want your proposal or account deleted.

I have other questions. Who do I contact?

Please us our contact form to reach the site administrator.

Canadian Investors

Canada > Ontario

I am based out of Toronto, CMA and MBA with 15 years of Finance and Accounting experience, looking for investment opportunities in alternative energy or any innovative venture which could shape tomorrow. I can support the venture in advisory role and if situation demands I can act as part time CFO and bring in my professional expertise for the value addition of the venture. Basically an individual investor but can bring in more fund if required.

$5,000 to $50,000

Canada > Ontario

10+ years Telecom background with sales experience. Interested in wireless networking

$100,000 to $500,000

Canada > Ontario

Entrepreneur looking for next opportunity.

$100,000 to $10,000,000

Canada > Ontario

My husband and I work professionally in the insurance and investment sector. I specialize in lean six sigma management strategies and currently invest primarily in real estate. My mother was a Canadian small business owner for over 25 years and I have the greatest respect for the patience, stamina and ingenuity of small business owners.

$5,000 to $25,000

Canada > Ontario

Own a tourism and hospitality business. Looking for new opportunities. Individual investor.

$10,000 to $150,000

Canada > British Columbia

I have engineering background, with experience in R&D projects in Chemical, Food, Agriculture and Energy projects. For time being, I am an individual investor, but have the opportunity to attract some of my ex colleagues and partners if the project has a good future vision.

$1,000 to $50,000

Canada > Calgary

Primary Experience in Oil and Gas and the Invention realm, we are also branching off into Real Estate. We are willing to look at any investment, as long as it makes sense. We have taken both silent and active roles in our latest investments and our last funding venture was over 20 Million.

$130,890 to $129,581,100

Canada > Ontario

I am in my mid 30s, married with 1 kid. I have been in IT sales and marketing for 10+ years.

$10 to $100,000