How will Capital Angels consider your investment opportunity?

Capital Angels invest in companies in Canberra and the surrounding Capital Region with the potential to rapidly scale into market and financial leadership. This usually implies potential for high growth, a strong market position, and a sustainable advantage. Specifically, members look for:

  • A market opportunity sufficiently large to create a business with at least >$20 million in annual revenue.
  • A compelling, well articulated strategy for capturing and defending a significant market share.
  • Proprietary technology or other strong barriers to entry.
  • Strong management (not necessarily a complete team) with relevant and successful experience.
  • An exit strategy for the investors.
  • A desire for advice and coaching.
  • Lastly, the company valuation must fit within our risk/reward expectations for the investment.

Normally, members do not consider investments in companies based outside of the ACT and Southern NSW.

Use of Funds

Capital Angels members look for situations where the capital sought (approximately $1 million, or less) will take the company to the next level, and materially increase its valuation.

A company must be able to demonstrate how it will use members' investment to complete at least some of the following:

  • Proof of concept
  • Prototype of its product or technology
  • Patent filing (for broad patent)
  • Product development
  • Market research
  • Product launch
  • Major contract or customers
  • Management team
  • Reduce other investment risks

Screening Process

1.  Web Application – Complete and submit online form via Capital Angels website. CLICK HERE to complete form. 

Please Note: There is a $100 AUD non-refundable application fee for companies applying to pitch to Capital Angels payable to Capital Angels (via PayPal) for consideration of your application.

2.  Initial Review – Capital Angels staff (Lighthouse) perform an initial screen on the application to insure it is within our area of interest.  If you pass the initial review stage you ‘matched’ with a Member who will assist in preparing you for consideration by a larger group of prospective investors.

3.  Pre-Screen Presentation – This will be your first opportunity to present your opportunity to an Angel and a Business Advisor from Lighthouse  The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with coaching on your PowerPoint presentation and determine if you are ready to make the initial screening presentation to the group. 

4.  Screening Presentation – During each screening session you will have 10 minutes to make a formal presentation followed by ten minutes of Q&A. We generally hold the Q&A after you've finished making your formal presentation.  In the interest of time, we may ask you to disconnect your laptop from the projector during the Q&A portion of your presentation to let the next presenting company set up. We will provide you with an LCD projector, however you must bring your own laptop, set its display resolution to 800x600 and have your presentation loaded and ready when it is your turn to present.   Internet access may be available but we cannot guarantee it, so do not depend on it to make your presentation. 

Slideshows with approximately 10-12 slides with very limited text on each slide.  Four to five bullet points on each slide and graphics are preferred. Use the limited time you have to make your presentation to emphasize the compelling factors about your investment opportunity and save unnecessary technology details for future meetings. We recommend the following slides for your presentation:

  • Snapshot of the company (Year founded, Capital Raised, Location, Employees, Revenue)
  • What do you do? - so many companies forget to tell us
  • Why do you do it? - the "pain" and the value proposition
  • Who will buy your products / services? - give sample customers
  • Who does what at your company? - list the team, their credentials and previous endeavours
  • How better than others do you do it? vs. the competition
  • What is your breakthrough?  Technology advantages.
  • How do you sell it? - direct, channel, etc.
  • How much money? - prior investments, this round, future rounds
  • What is the value proposition for the investors?- the X factor, the planned "exit"
  • How will you use the investment?- timeline of money and deliverables

5.  Due Diligence – A due diligence team is formed based on the number of interested members who signed up during the screening. A deal lead steps forward and helps coordinate the due diligence activities. Due diligence consists of verifying representations by the venture, customers, agreements, references, backgrounds, etc.

6.  Dinner Meeting – Companies that pass due diligence present at dinner meetings. This allows them to present to members who might not have seen them at screening or were involved in the due diligence process. This is the opportunity for the entrepreneurs to garner enough interest by members to secure funding. 

7.  Funding – Funding occurs after there has been enough interest generated through dinner meetings and internal communication from the entrepreneur and deal lead. Members invest in deals individually; however everyone invests upon the same term sheet.  Thus only a small percentage of members our members need to participate for the venture to secure funding. Typically, the minimum investment amount is $25,000.

Submitting a Proposal

Capital Angels does not pay brokers to source deals nor does it pay any other person or entity in any way connected with investments made by its members.

Please Note: There is a $100 AUD non-refundable application fee for companies applying to pitch to Capital Angels payable to Capital Angels (via PayPal) for consideration of your application.

CLICK HERE for the application form.

Members accept only electronic submissions.