Michigan Investment Network

Entrepreneur FAQ

How do I submit a pitch?

The first step is to register as an entrepreneur. Then you'll be able to submit a pitch using our simple online form.

Why do I keep getting an error message when I try to login?

You must enter your email address and password with the same mix of upper and lower case letters you used when you registered. Often the problem is that a registered email address has an initial capital letter in it that is not being entered when you try to login. If you continue to have login problems use the Contact Us form to let us know.

Why is nothing happening when I try to login?

If you are submitting your login info and nothing appears to happen (i.e., you are not getting an error message) then the most likely reason is you are still logged in. If you leave the site without logging out, your login is remembered for 2 to 3 hours before it expires. When you return you can access your login area by clicking the "Entrepreneurs" link (or sublinks) in the top navigation bar (between the "Home" and "Investors" link). Where the "Entrepreneurs" link goes depends on whether you are logged in or not. TIP: You can mouse over the "Entrepreneurs" link to see what links are available and this will tell you whether you are still logged in or not.

What information should I include in my pitch?

There are tips in the pitch form about what to include in each section. Basic items that investors expect to see in a pitch are: a brief history of your business, what you need the funding for, why your company will succeeed, what relevent experience or expertise you or your team might have, what you are prepared to offer investors in return for funding.

I would like to contact a specific investor listed on your site?

It is up to the investor to decide if they want to connect with entrepreneurs based upon their pitch. It is part of our privacy policy with investors that we only provide their contact info to entrepreneurs when they express interest in the entrepreneur's proposal. We do not provide investor contact info otherwise.

Can I upload my business plan?

Yes, the Premium Service package allows you to upload additional documents for investors to view.

How can I protect the confidentiality of my idea?

If you are worried about confidentiality we'd advise you to write enough to get investors interested in your project without revealing any sensitive information. Once you start discussions with an investor, you may want to ask them to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before you release more information.

Can pitches be edited after launch?

Yes, pitches can be edited at any time. Free Basic Service pitches will be reviewed after each edit to make sure no contact details have been included. You should try to refrain from making edits to a free proposal in the first few hours of it being released as there could be delays in reapproving and investors will not be able to find your proposal when they look for it. Edits to Referral and Premium Service pitches do not need to be re-approved.

What are the costs?

See the "Our Rates" page in the Entrepreneurs section of the site to find out more.

Do I have to pay for every contact?

No, your payment gives you access to the contact details of ALL the investors who show an interest in your pitch.

How can I pay?

We primarily use PayPal to process payments. You do not need an account with PayPal to make a payment as they offer the option to pay by credit card. Most people pay by credit card. If you have issues using PayPal contact us and we can make arrangements to use the Stripe payment service. NOTE: If you pay using Paypal's eCheck option there can be delays of up to a week before payment is cleared. We cannot upgrade you to the paid service until the payment clears. We advise against paying by eCheck because of these delays.

Can I choose Referral Service first and then upgrade to the Premium Service later?

Yes, you can upgrade from the Referral Service to the Premium Service at any time and only have to pay the price difference.

What happens at the end of the 180-day listing?

Before the end of your 180-day listing period you will be given the chance to pay to renew your pitch. Your pitch will then be renewed for another 180 days and will be resent to the investors.

Do I need to do my own due diligence?

We carry out a number of checks on each investor when they register, but you also need to do your own due diligence on any investor you deal with. Please check out the Security Notices page in your login area for things to look out for. Consult with legal council before paying any fee in advance of receiving funding (i.e., upfront fees). Contact us if you have any suspicions. To maintain accountability, you should only deal with registered investors or investors who have been specifically referred by a registered investor. Ask questions, get references.

I have other questions. Who do I contact?

You can connect with us via our Contact Us form.

Michigan Investors

United States > Michigan

I was born in Idaho, but raised in Montana on a cattle ranch. While I was in college, the family ranch was sold and I moved toward a career in business. After business graduate school, I worked 10 years in Corporate America for a Fortune 500 Company involved in acquisitions and supervision of companies once acquired. Working closely with the owners of the acquired companies that had built their businesses from start-up sparked the desire to start my own company. For the next 25 years three businesses were started, developed and sold to larger companies or investment groups. The last few years have been spent in using financial contacts, assets available and the experience gained to help fund or invest in other promising companies, operations or projects. EDUCATION Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri - MBA degree in 1967 BYU - Degree in Accounting - 1965

$1,000,000 to $50,000,000

United States > Michigan

I am 52, married (24 years), 2 sons 22/17 yo, live in Southeast MI area. Director of Business Development for a regulatory compliance consulting company for the pharmaceutical medical device and biologics industry. 25+ years of successful business ownership operations sales marketing and business development. 2 advanced degrees in life sciences. Can be hands on or silent partner/investor depending on situation. Individual investor with others interested. Specifically interested in the medical marijuana industries i.e. grows, processors, dispensaries must have current license with a municipality and have application in process for State of Michigan. Must be working with an attorney with MMJ experience. Must have a location secured. Documented MMJ experience required i.e. caregiver, dispensary owner or other MMJ experience.

$25,000 to $200,000

United States > Michigan

Shalom, I have designed various Energy Saving homes in my career. I am looking to purchase new Real-Estate across the US and fix them up to the updated Green Standards I have been doing for the last 15 years. Not only am I looking for Real-Estate deals, but I am also interested in helping a fellow comrade start their business. Open to loans as long as I receive a high return. Mostly looking for short term deals simply because I am retired! I will be messaging users if I feel I am wanting to get involved.

$500,000 to $1,000,000

United States > Michigan

I am 52 years old residing in Novi, MI. I grew up in a family business environment and have been lucky enough to operate businesses from start-up to $50 million in annual revenue. I have experiencing buying and selling companies as well as starting two franchise operations. I have worked in multiple industries including Healthcare, Training and Education, Staffing and Consulting, Software Sales and Training, and Management Consulting. I have worked with clients that ranged from small business to Fortune 100. I currently work as an advisor helping business owners create and implement execution strategies and tools to grow their businesses to the next level. I have a BBA from Western Michigan University. I am interested in both hands-on and advisory roles and investments could be placed as an individual or investment group.

$10,000 to $250,000

United States > Michigan

I have over 25 years of experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, venture capital and emerging company development. I began my investment- banking career in New York with the firm of Hornblower and Weeks. In 1974, I moved to Bache Stuart Halsey Inc. as vice-president of mergers and acquisitions. In 1979, I joined Asset Management Investments, a private venture capital firm, with $22 million under management. Since 1985, I have been involved with start-up companies, developing coherent and innovative financing strategies. He is an author and a frequent speaker for entrepreneurship forums and venture capital seminars. His experience as an entrepreneur/business owner, investment banker, and venture capitalist provides a unique and comprehensive perspective for VIP’s Portfolio investments and Investing Partners.

$500,000 to $5,000,000

United States > Michigan

Several years as a management consultant, retired. Individual investor in entertainment and mobile app (staffing) projects. MBA. Located in Berkley, Michigan. Anticipate a silent or advisory role. I can be hands on if necessary.

$3,000 to $20,000

United States > Michigan

Entrepreneur and business owner. Licensed realtor and building contractor. Seeking investment opportunities for portfolio diversification. Silent or advisory involvement. Some construction management and legal experience.

$10,000 to $250,000

United States > Michigan

I have started and sold three businesses from nothing. All were auto related but it is business in general that I love . I consult for all types of businesses . I have a proven track record on starting and growing small businesses with strategic exits. I am very well connected and have numerous resources to pull from. Involvement can be all the above but at this point in my life , I would rather be silent with some advisory. I am an individual investor looking to invest into a business that is at that need for growth but I am not opposed to the right start up with the right ROI. I currently have a good share of funds invested or loaned at this time but do have a small amount for the right business and I will have a good amount of funds maturing towards the end of 2018. I am also interested in loaning funds to a legal medical marihuana business. A grower/caregiver or dispensary .

$50,000 to $500,000