Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How do I find an investor? - Creating a 45-Second Pitch Video for Angel Investors - Money for a Startup - Ren Carlton

How do I find an investor? As our workplace becomes more offsite, remote, and virtual, sending a pitch video is becoming one of the standards for talking to investors. The challenge is that your video pitch cannot gauge a response or answer questions. How can you make an effective pitch when sending a video recording is your only way in? After listening to thousands of videos, I have accumulated a number of tips for founders interested in pitching their ideas to investors.


How do I find an investor using a video?  First the basics:


-Decent video and sound quality - this does not need to be perfect, but your video should be easy to see and hear
-If you are going to use slides or text, use illustrations or 10-15 words max per slide
-Practice your pitch until you have it nailed
-Be interesting
-Be concise, clear, and conversational
-Avoid jargon, complexity, jargon, and platitudes
-Meet the submission requirements (e.g. when we ask for a 45 second pitch video, do not send us a 3 minute pitch video.)
-Upload your video to YouTube, without password protection
-Email your pitch with the YouTube link and the actual video file as an attachment
-Email address:  Ideas@moneyforastartup.com
-Email subject:  45 Second Pitch Video - Company Name


Your 45 second pitch video should include the following:

-Your name
-Your company name
-What your business does
-The problem you are solving
-Your solution
-Why we should take you and your solution seriously
-How much progress/traction you have made so far
-How much money you need
-Why you need the money


Send us your pitch today for a chance to find up to $5 Million of Funding for your business, Funding@OmegaAccelerator.com



Do you need help developing your pitch and fundraising strategy? Click here to schedule your one-on-one planning session with me.



Sources

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-do-i-find-investor-creating-45-second-pitch-video-ren-carlton
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2019/11/how-do-i-find-investor-creating-45.html
https://youtu.be/89EFRPjUQOw
https://www.facebook.com/TheOmegaAccelerator/
https://twitter.com/RenCarlton
https://www.instagram.com/omega.funding/
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2019/09/funding-session-with-ren-carlton.html



Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Qualifications for Angel Investors



Previously, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) required Angel Investors to meet their definition of an accredited investor. The general rule was that an Angel had to have a net worth of at least $1 million and make $200,000 a year.
The concept that the SEC released states that an accredited investor is someone whose “financial sophistication and ability to sustain the risk of loss of investment.”

They went on further to add that an accredited investor can be one of the following (among other various requirements):

  • A bank, registered broker-dealer, an insurance company, a registered investment company, or a business development company.
  • A private business development company.
  • A tax-exempt charitable organization, corporation, or partnership with assets in excess of $5 million.

On top of these new changes, there have also been changes to equity crowdfunding rules through the JOBS Act. Because crowdfunding has become so popular, it means that small startups no longer have to rely on accredited investors to receive funding.

Now, companies can accept up to $1 million in funding through equity crowdfunding. To protect investors, individuals can only invest up to 10% of their annual income or net worth. There isn’t a minimum amount required in order to invest this way.

What do all of these changes mean? Practically anybody who has the wealth to make investments and wants to reap the benefits can technically become an Angel Investor.


Are you ready to make your first angel investment?  Learn more at info@OmegaAccelerator.com




Sources:
https://www.upcounsel.com/jobs-act
https://www.sec.gov/fast-answers/answers-accredhtm.html
https://www.sec.gov/rules/concept/2019/33-10649.pdf
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6594924500104593408
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2019/09/what-qualifications-are-required-to-be.html
https://youtu.be/S5OIlNgrixA
https://www.facebook.com/TheOmegaAccelerator/
https://twitter.com/RenCarlton
https://www.instagram.com/omega.funding/



Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

Live Business Pitch Event - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - Ren Carlton - Money for a Startup - Find up to $5 Million of Funding from Angel Investors

Pitch your business ideas directly to angel investors!  Ren Carlton will host the event.


Location
41000 Woodward Avenue, Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Time
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time

Agenda
1:00 - Registration Opens
1:30 - 4:00 - Pitches


You will have 45 seconds to pitch your business idea.  If we like your idea, we will make you an offer to invest and help you find up to $5 million of additional funding.



Pre-Registration - Reserve Your Spot Today for Preferential Treatment

-Email us Ideas@moneyforastartup.com at least 24 hours before the event.
-The subject of your email needs to be “MFAS - Pre-Registration - Live Pitch Event - [YOUR NAME]" to avoid our spam filters.
-Your email must include your name, business name, phone number, business idea, and the date of the event you will attend.
-When you pre-register, you are welcome to send us supporting information about your business with your pre-registration email, e.g. website, social media links, videos, slide deck, business plan, projections, 1-page executive summary.
-We also accept video and remote pitches via Skype, however, live pitches are preferred.  If you would like to Skype us your pitch, please include your Skype ID in your email.  If you would like to send us a 45 second pitch video, please upload it to Youtube and send us the link.


Are you interested in investing in our startups or helping us host the program?  Email Info@omegaaccelerator.com for details.



Are you interested in marketing to our participants, audience, and network of over 20,000 funding sources and entrepreneurs?  Email Info@omegaaccelerator.com for details.   



https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/live-business-pitch-event-bloomfield-hills-michigan-ren-carlton
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2019/10/5-million-funding-Birmingham-Michigan-RenCarlton.html
https://youtu.be/3RlGbzgTG1c
https://twitter.com/RenCarlton
https://www.instagram.com/omega.funding/



Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

All offers will be contingent upon passing our due diligence process.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Meet Two of the Hosts - Live Business Pitch Event - Birmingham, Michigan - Ren Carlton - Money for a Startup


I am pleased to announce two of the hosts of our Live Business Pitch Event in Birmingham, Michigan on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, EST




Mike Boudreau, Director at Morris Anderson, Manufacturing, Management, Refinancing, Performance Improvement, Financial Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions 
















Phyllip Hall, Founder of KidSmart Software Company, gov-tech and ed-tech
















Are you interested in being an investor/host for this or future live business pitch events?  Email Info@omegaaccelerator.com for more information.   


Would you like to pitch us live or via video? Click Here for Instructions









Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice. Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Find up to $5 Million of Funding from Angel Investors - Live Business Pitch Event - Birmingham, Michigan - Ren Carlton - Money for a Startup

Pitch your business ideas directly to angel investors!  Ren Carlton will host the event.


Location
Partnr Haus
2139 Cole Street
Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Time
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time

Agenda
1:00 - Registration Opens
1:30 - 3:00 - 45 Second Pitches
3:30 - 4:00 - Offers Made


You will have 45 seconds to pitch your business idea.  If we like your idea, we will make you an offer to invest and help you find up to $5 million of additional funding.



Pre-Registration - Reserve Your Spot Today for Preferential Treatment

-Email us Ideas@moneyforastartup.com at least 24 hours before the event.
-The subject of your email needs to be “MFAS - Pre-Registration - Live Pitch Event - [YOUR NAME]" to avoid our spam filters.
-Your email must include your name, business name, phone number, business idea, and the date of the event you will attend.
-When you pre-register, you are welcome to send us supporting information about your business with your pre-registration email, e.g. website, social media links, videos, slide deck, business plan, projections, 1-page executive summary.
-We also accept video and remote pitches via Skype, however, live pitches are preferred.  If you would like to Skype us your pitch, please include your Skype ID in your email.  If you would like to send us a 45 second pitch video, please upload it to Youtube and send us the link.



Click Here to meet two of the other hosts



Are you interested in investing in our startups or helping us host the program?  Email Info@omegaaccelerator.com for details.



Are you interested in marketing to our participants, audience, and network of over 20,000 funding sources and entrepreneurs?  Email Info@omegaaccelerator.com for details.   





https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pitch-your-business-ideas-directly-angel-investors-ren-ren-carlton
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com/2019/10/5-million-funding-Birmingham-Michigan-RenCarlton.html
https://youtu.be/3RlGbzgTG1c
https://twitter.com/RenCarlton
https://www.instagram.com/omega.funding/



Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

All offers will be contingent upon passing our due diligence process.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Who Are Angel Investors?

According to investopedia.com, an angel investor (also known as a private investor, seed investor or angel funder) is a high net worth individual who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs, typically in exchange for ownership equity in the company. Often, angel investors are found among an entrepreneur's family and friends. The funds that angel investors provide may be a one-time investment to help the business get off the ground or an ongoing injection to support and carry the company through its difficult early stages.

The 2017 American Angel study, conducted by the Angel Capital Association (ACA), provided some very useful data points through their survey of 1,659 U.S. angels, the largest such study ever conducted. Their survey included 40 quantitative questions and four qualitative ones which provided these insights:

  • Angel investors provide $25 billion to 70,000 companies annually, accounting for 90 percent of outside funding for startups.
  • Angels are more diverse than venture capitalists, with women making up 22 percent of investors.
  • The racial mix leans heavily towards white investors, who account for 87.6 percent of angels.
  • The mean age of an angel making a first investment is 48.
  • The median angel investment is $25,000.
  • The initial investment is higher in regions outside of California, New York, Boston and San Francisco, where it is $32,432.
  • 63% of angel investors are based outside those major cities.

Would you like to become one of our Angel Investors?  Contact us today,  Info@omegaaccelerator.com




Sources:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/who-angel-investors-ren-carlton
https://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2014/07/23/how-to-become-an-angel-investor/#79f99c4b4cfb


Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Funding Session with Ren Carlton

I, Ren Carlton, now offer a one-on-one funding sessions to help entrepreneurs that need funding.  These funding sessions are typically done via phone or Skype, and include:
-Review the investment materials
-Listen to your pitch
-Evaluate the investment opportunity
-Provide candid feedback
-Offer advice on how to find funding
-Register you in our funding opportunities database
-Consider investing

After our initial funding session, you can pitch me again in the future as many times as you want without additional cost until you find funding.

I charge $750 for this service.

I also offer a 100% Money-Back Guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied, let me know within seven days of your evaluation and I will give a 100% refund.

Click Here to order your one-on-one funding session with me.

Ren Carlton's Book - Profitpreneurship – Creating a Business that Produces Outstanding Financial Results

Whether a company is driven by sales, operations, or that widget everyone must have, success is still measured by the bottom line: profits. In Profitpreneurship: Creating a Business that Produces Outstanding Financial Results, entrepreneur Ren J. Carlton shares his extensive knowledge about how to create a business and the steps that must be taken to guarantee its success. From understanding the basics of business development to setting goals, from budgets and the importance of dashboards to maximizing the potential of employees, from smart financing to accountability, Carlton's concept of Profitpreneurship makes sense...and results in higher profits. Founder of Dynamic Advisory Solutions (DAS), Carlton introduces his DAS Profit Process, developed by the author to guide companies toward financial growth. The result is a straightforward guide that explores every element pertaining to the expansion of a company's profitability.

Table of Contents – Profitpreneurship

Introduction Creating a Profit-Driven Business
Chapter 1 The Case for Profitpreneurship
Chapter 2 Budgeting – Setting Powerful Targets
Chapter 3 Dashboards – The Numbers That Drive Your Business
Chapter 4 Employee Scorecards – Maximizing Employee Performance
Chapter 5 Cooking the Books – Helping Your Business Shine
Chapter 6 Financing – Securing the Cash Your Business Needs
Chapter 7 Financial Management – Building Your Profit Team
Conclusion Time to Execute!

Click here to purchase your copy of Profitpreneurship today! 


Ren Carlton

Ren Carlton has spent his career starting, growing, selling, and funding businesses. After graduating from Oakland University, Ren earned his CPA license and served as the CFO of a Tier 1 manufacturing company. His passion for business led him to leave his CFO position to pursue several entrepreneurial opportunities. Ren now actively funds, launches, grows, and sells businesses. One of his key business priorities is to encourage and help entrepreneurs pursue bold, fearless goals. Along the way, Ren hosted an award-winning business reality network radio show and wrote Profitpreneurship: Creating a Business that Produces Outstanding Financial Results, which introduces the DAS Profit Process, a methodology he developed to help guide companies towards financial growth. Ren has served on the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants ethics task force, and as a director of the Detroit chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization and the Troy Community Foundation. Ren is a frequent presenter to various business groups throughout the United States.

Career Summary

During his career Ren has started and managed four successful businesses. In 2000 he launched Dynamic Advisory Solutions to address the need that businesses large and small have for expert financial support services on an as-needed basis.  Most of these companies have small and unsophisticated accounting departments, frequently just a single individual, to meet the financial management requirements of a growing company. In 2014 Ren launched Rencat, a marketing firm that provides effective, efficient and simple marketing services to small companies. Ren’s team manages the full spectrum of services, from marketing plan development and asset creation, to plan implementation and performance assessment. The following year Ren entered the medical industry when he founded the Michigan Physician’s Society. MPS offers physicians advice on how start, grow, and sell their medical practice. MPS also represents physicians that pursue business opportunities outside of practicing medicine. Ren launched his most recent venture, Omega Accelerator, in 2016. Omega Accelerator stimulates economic growth and job creation through angel investing.

Accolades include:

Ren J Carlton
-Leader and Innovator by Lawrence Technological University – 2014
-Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine “40 Under 40” award – 2012
-DBusiness Magazine “30 in Their Thirties” – 2011
-Corp! Magazine “Best of Michigan Business” (Dynamic Advisory Solutions) – 2009
-Small Business Council of America, “Best of Business” (Dynamic Advisory Solutions) – 2009
-Corp! Magazine “Entrepreneur of Distinction” – 2008
-Small Business Administration (SBA) “Small Business Journalist of the Year”; Business Realty Network – 2007

He has achieved fundraising successes in the following business sectors:
-Aerospace
-Art
-Automotive
-Defense
-Dental
-Education Ed-Tech 
-Industrial 
-International
-Engineering and Design
-Finance Fin-Tech
-Franchise
-Healthcare
-International
-Logistics
-Manufacturing
-Real Estate
-Service
-Staffing 
-Technology
-Tool and Die
-Art
-Insurance

Ren offers funding skills in these areas: senior debt, mezzanine debt, SBA loans, family offices, private equity, venture capital, angel investors, pre-seed, seed capital, bridge, Series A+, exit.  He is familiar with Regulation A (Reg A), Regulation D (Reg D), Private Placement Memorandums (PPM), crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (ICO), Initial Public Offerings (IPO), and privately held securities

Interests Include: 

Interests include healthcare, technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, crypto-assets including crypto-currency and bitcoin, blockchain, esports, mobile technologies, healthtech, internet of things, apps, fitness, media, entertainment, gaming, art, music, podcasts, social media, fashion and design, natural language processing, voice user interface technologies, cyber security, edtech, education, online marketplaces, cannabis, insurance, fintech, financial services, distilleries, and breweries.

Keeping a pulse on industry trends and leaders is a key priority for Ren. He sources valuable information and insights from a wide variety of organizations, including Ernst & Young, Google, Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Apple, The Wall Street Journal, University of Michigan, Wayne State, Funds for Projects., Inc., and Angel Investor. For inspiration, Ren tracks the activities and content of prominent thought leaders like Jack Welch, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Mark Cuban, and Richard Branson.

Ren is a proud father of two children. His hobbies include golf, tennis, poker, and chess. Ren is also an avid traveler with a long list of trips planned for the future.

Learn more about Ren Carlton as his latest venture, Omega Accelerator, through the following links:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rencarlton 
https://rencarlton.blogspot.com
https://youtu.be/KykN9MFlrtw
https://www.facebook.com/TheOmegaAccelerator/
https://twitter.com/RenCarlton
https://www.instagram.com/omega.funding/

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Why Angel Investors Fund Startups

I have been an entrepreneur in one form or another since I was a teenager. Despite the odds, entrepreneurship has provided me an amazing life. The benefits of being an angel investor and founder go well beyond money.  This includes freedom, flexibility, access, adventure, swag, entertainment, education, notoriety, and more. However, entrepreneurship can also require a lot of time, money, and risks. How can you enjoy the benefits of entrepreneurship and avoid these drawbacks?

You may want to consider becoming a part-time angel investor. According to recent statistics, Angel Investors invest about $25 billion in 70,000 companies every year just in the United States alone.

Because of the new crowdfunding rules, almost anyone can make angel investments.  Generally speaking, however, angel investors have a high net-worth and are looking to invest in equity of a business. Sometimes angels are part of angel investing groups. Others simply possess knowledge about private companies and want to put it to good use.

Below are some of the types of people that invest in startups and small businesses.

Investors Looking for an Extraordinary Return on Investment (ROI)

According to Techcrunch.com, angel investors can expect to earn a gross multiple of 2.5X their investment in about four years. That is a 250% ROI. Investors that are comfortable with the risks of angel investing may be able to enjoy this type of return.

Seasoned Entrepreneurs Who Want to Mentor

They relish in the idea of being a mentor to the younger generation of startups. If you have the income and you want to make this type of impact, maybe start making angel investments.

Business-Minded Entrepreneurs Who Want to Network

If you’ve made it far enough in your professional career to have the time and money to consider investing, then you are probably already pretty good at networking. Angel Investors take this to the next level. You can gain unique opportunities to network with people from a totally different perspective. When you are at a networking event, people will find you to pitch ideas.

Those Who Care About Innovation

High-tech angels often care just as much about ROI as they do about introducing high-tech and innovative solutions into the world. These investors might even care more about the mission or impact of a company. If you want to make a difference in the world of medical tech, fintech, or any other industry that has the potential to make a huge impact, then you should consider making angel investments.

Looking for Something New

Angel Investing is an easy way to give you access to the world of entrepreneurship. This often includes access to new ideas, events, and opportunities. Boredom was one of the reasons I quit my job as a CFO to become a full-time entrepreneur. I have not been bored a day since that decision!


Are you interested in becoming an Angel Investor?  We can help!  Contact us today,  Info@omegaaccelerator.com




Sources:
https://www.genglobal.org/united-states-gban/new-research-individual-angels-provides-insights-startup-ecosystem


Disclaimer:  This does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation of any security or any other product or service.  We are not offering any legal, investment, tax, or medical advice.  Please consult the appropriate professional before doing anything you learn from the content posted on any of our digital properties.  All stories are based on true events, but are altered to protect the identity of the individuals involved.