Angel groups

Angel groups make investments in early stage companies, typically in the form of preferred equity (not common equity or debt). VentureSouth aims to invest $250,000 to $750,000 in companies seeking capital to launch or scale a market-ready product or service.

Below are more details on what our angel investors seek and the process of pitching to our investors.

If you think you might fit, first please review our guidance on how to pitch and then contact us; if not, you can find other potential options on our Sources of Capital page.


INVESTMENT Criteria

We invest in companies that: 

  • are based in the Southeastern United States
  • are led by a management team that is talented, trustworthy, persistent, and knowledgeable
  • are seeking ~$200,000 to $1,000,000 for a 15%-40% preferred equity stake in the company
  • have initial revenue or are at the market entry stage with demonstrated customer demand
  • are deploying a business model that can scale with speed and capital efficiency
  • can potentially generate a 50% annual rate of return on investment for investors in 3-5 years

PROCESS

Initial Conversation

  • If you can track us down through a warm introduction, that's your best bet
  • If you can't, you're welcome to send us an email to get introduced
  • Include your three-sentence business overview and attach a 1-2 page executive summary
  • If we're intrigued with the initial introduction, we may schedule a call to learn more
  • We do not sign NDAs
  • Quick tip: don't send a life history or lengthy business plan

Screening meeting

  • If we're still intrigued, we'll invite you to a screening meeting
  • Screening meetings are held in each of our funding cycles for our angels to hear your formal pitch. These sessions are recorded and made available to all members
  • Screening pitches typically last 12 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A
  • Quick tip: take some time to research how to give a good angel pitch. Try here or here, come to a "how to pitch" seminar, or best of all buy the guide.

ROAD SHOW meetingS

  • If you are selected from the screening meeting, we will invite you on a road show to present to our 200+ investors across our angel groups
  • Note that we will need to agree on investment terms prior to inviting you on the road show
  • We split the trip in two halves based on geography: you'll pitch half the groups one month and the other half the following month
  • These presentations are 15 minutes of pitch time and up to 20 minutes of Q&A
  • Quick tip: be prepared to answer with honest and concise answers - other types of responses will undermine your credibility and greatly diminish your chance of funding

Due Diligence

  • If voted by members into "due diligence", a group VentureSouth staff and investors will conduct a deeper dive evaluation. We'll review documents, make reference calls, meet with the management team to ask our questions, and do our own analysis
  • Quick tip: the more prepared and organized you are, the more efficient this process is. We suggest proactively building a data room in advance for quick access to key documents
  • At the end of the diligence process, the diligence team will present our report back to our members. Hopefully at that point, everyone is impressed and we can collect investment checks, get the documents from the lawyers, and execute the investment - and you can get back to building a great business!

Some EXTRA advice

Securing an investment from any angel group is hard. We invest in only about 3% of the companies that start the initial conversation, so the hurdle to clear is high.

Remember that you are not the only entrepreneurs seeking funding. We review 20-30 introductions each month, so you'll need to demonstrate a compelling reason for us to proceed with your opportunity from the many we see.

Quick tip: be prepared, do your homework on how angels invest (read our guidebook, or other material in our entrepreneur resources), have a 1-2 page executive summary and a compelling 10-12 page investor deck, and be organized and professional - you'll already be ahead of the pack.