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Angel Atlanta Investor

Are you looking for an angel in Atlanta to be an investor in your company? 

One way to find angel investors in Atlanta is through an angel group.  The Atlanta Technology Angels provide private capital and business experience to companies in the Atlanta area.  They do not actively invest in companies outside of Atlanta, and they typically invest between $250,000 and $1,000,000 in a company. 

Looking elsewhere for Atlanta angel investors

The most common way of finding investors is through your acquaintances.  Somebody you know probably will be able to point you to a potential investor.  Begin telling everyone you know that you are looking for an investor for your business.  People are usually more than happy to help out if possible.  However, be sure you get their permission before telling the investor that you were referred by them.

If you have exhausted your current contacts and still need more potential investors, you may need to visit local industry meetings or chambers of commerce to obtain fresh contacts. 

Web resources for finding Atlanta angel investors

Browsing the web may yield more angel groups in your area.  Most angel investors have specific preferences about where and how much money they will invest.  In addition, some will invest only in a particular industry.  The Startups.co Network (www.Startups.co) allows you to search for investors based on the amount of money you need, your industry, and the type of investor you are seeking. 

How do you use The Startups.co Network?

With a free membership you can create a profile.  When investors are browsing profiles, they can view the information you provided about your business and contact you if they wish.  If you want to take a more proactive approach you can get a subscription so that you have access to the contact information for all Startups.co members.  With the search function, you can find the investors that best fit your company and contact them.  

Alternatively, you can post a “Request” that gets sent to investors targeted to your business.  If investors are interested in your idea, they can contact you and begin discussions.

Helpful Hint

Typically an angel investor provides private capital of anywhere from $10,000 up to $1,000,000.  Venture capital firms on the other hand do not usually consider deals below $1,000,000.  In fact, the size of the firm usually correlates with the funding range it is seeking.  If you are raising $1 million or even several million, you may still be able to use a syndicate of angels.  Angels tend to be more flexible in structuring a deal since many have been entrepreneurs in the past.

Your first meetings with an angel

You must be able to present your business idea, especially if it is highly technical, in a very simple and concise fashion.  Your grandma should be able to understand the basic idea behind your company.  Typically your presentation will not occur in your first meeting with an angel, but by the third meeting it should.  The investor needs to trust you and feel like you know more about your business than anyone else could.  This means you have a clear exit strategy, and your marketing plan shows exactly how your financials were obtained.

If the investor is still interested after your initial meetings, find out how they prefer to communicate and send any requested correspondence (e.g. a full business plan).  Keep in mind that you and your potential investor need to evaluate each other to determine whether you could make a good fit.  Do not be afraid to look for other angel investors in Atlanta if your goals are on a collision course.

Summary

Whether you find your angel investment from your rich uncle Ted or a prominent angel investor group, it’s important to know that the universe of angel investors looks like and what you’re really shopping for.  If all you need is a little bit of cash to be on your way, then perhaps looking to your friends and family is the way to go.  However, if you think what you really need is a partner to grow this idea to the moon, it may be worthwhile to pursue a professional angel investor as not only a source of funding, but also a mentor.  Remember to begin pursuing funding months before you need it and be patient.