Type of Program:
Southwestern Ontario Angel Group provides venture financing between $200K to $2M along with help from a pool of over 200 experienced successful business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Comments on Funding:
Funding is generally between $200K to $2M.
When It Ends:
Applicants must be companies:
create an online account in order to apply,
provide a concise summary of their company and the investment opportunity by completing an application on GUST with the group of their choice;
upload a copy of their investment pitch deck.
Six companies will be invited to present in person to the joint Selection Committee between 1pm and 5pm on the first Thursday of the month. If invited, companies are given a seven-day notice prior to their meeting with the committee. If their company is not invited, you will be notified accordingly.
At each Selection Committee meeting, two to four companies will be selected to present to the three angel groups. Companies that pitch well but for whom there are no further slots for presentation to our investors that month may be scheduled in the following month.
If selected, applicants will be invited to present during the third week of that month. They will present to Angel One in Burlington on Tuesday morning, to GTAN in Kitchener on Tuesday evening, and to SWO Angels in London on Thursday morning.
Following the presentations, interested investors from all three angel groups will meet with you during the 2-3 hour Deeper Dive meeting scheduled the following week. These Deeper Dive meetings will take place from 3 PM to 6 PM from Monday to Thursday. When applicants receive their invitation from the Selection Committee, they will be told the date for their Deeper Dive meeting. The meeting will be hosted by the angel group with the largest number of investors interested in your company. Investors from other angel groups are expected to attend in person to that initial meeting but accommodations will be made to include all interested investors.
To facilitate due diligence (DD) efforts, applicants should have a secure data room with DD information to be shared with investors interested in their company. Google Drive or Dropbox are recommended for hosting the data room. A DD checklist will be provided.
Due diligence prior to closing a deal normally takes two months. Applicants can accelerate the process by having all information readily available and by being responsive to the needs of the due diligence team. If applicants are unavailable to participate in an active due diligence initiative, they may wish to reconsider applying for funding until they can give the activity their uninterrupted attention.
Applicants must upload a copy of their investment pitch deck.
Other Things to Note:
ANGEL GROUPS IN THE ALLIANCE:
- 1Angel One (Burlington),
- 2GTAN (Waterloo Region),
- 3SWO Angels (London).
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