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 am the founder and Chairman of a venture group. I am a former professional hockey player, venture capitalist and renowned entrepreneur. An early entrant to the cleantech market, our efforts have garnered global recognition his companies awards include Time Magazine's "Best Inventions 2005," and was awarded the Wall Street Journal's "Technology Innovator" and the World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneer" awards that same year. In early 2007, he was named a "Young Global Leader" by the Forum. Repeated successes has been acknowledged by the global business community. His insight has been sought by such publications as the New York Times, Time Magazine, Inc., Red Herring and the Wall Street Journal. In addition, he is a regular attendee of the World Economic Forum. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brandon University, in Brandon, Manitoba.

$50,000 to $10,000,000

United States > Michigan

I am working with partners providing funding, debt and equity, for businesses in need of capital. ($0-2.5 Mil) Specifically, I am looking for growth and transition opportunities. I am a Michigan native and have spent the last seven years doing numerous deals (20+ deals, over $50 Million invested or lent) working with companies to create the optimal capital structures. These deals have been across multiple industries and geographies, mostly in Michigan and the Midwest. Repeatedly, deals struggle to get done due to lack of collateral or equity. I am looking for opportunities to help managers have the ability to acquire their businesses and sellers be able to keep their companies local, after the sale. I have an extensive network of lenders, operators, and advisors to help in various situations.

$0 to $2,500,000

United States > Michigan

Current and past owner of companies or varying scope and sizes. Open to involvement and status of all types.

$1 to $1,000,000

United States > Michigan

Working as an independent contractor for investment banks.

$10,000 to $50,000,000

United States > Michigan

My husband and I are in our mid 30s we are looking for an investment so he can run the company/business. I work for GM so I am secure in my role but want to have a business investment of our own.

$0 to $500,000

United States > Michigan

Young aggressive physician looking to invest and build further. Plenty of medical experience, but would like to link with developers in real estate and home flipping projects.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > Michigan

My wife and I are young professionals with a wide range of experience in Health Care, Technology, and Business Services living in Grand Rapids, MI. We want to make long-term investments in new or existing companies looking to grow. I am a health care consultant and entrepreneur with a JD, MBA, and BA in Economics. My wife is a regional territory sales manager at a large technology company with a JD and BA in Political Science. We have succeeded in environments ranging from small businesses, start-ups, and mid-market firms, to Fortune 100 international corporations. Our level of involvement depends on the deal. We can be silent, advisory, or hands-on. This depends on our level of interest in the project, the time we have available, and whether both parties agree that our involvement is beneficial to the goals of the company.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > Michigan

I recently came into money and I'm looking to do many small investments.

$1,000 to $5,000