California 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.

Registered Investors

United States > California

I have purchased one greentech company and looking to expand into other areas of the industry. I bring 15+ years experience in greentech, energy, and start-up companies. Experience as a group investor.

$25,000 to $100,000

Ireland > Cork

I am an investor and wishing to invest in small businesses that can generate good ROI within a fixed short term period. I have a background in manufacturing IT hardware and software, real estate, and bio-medical devices business development and finance. I am a private investor working within a group looking for well established teams which have a minimum viable product ready for commercialization. I am looking for portfolio diversification in the above mentioned areas.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > California

I am currently working as an analyst for a top management consultancy, with international experience spanning industries and functions. My recent focus involves the retail, alternative energy, and telecom/ mobile industries advising clients on areas such as corporate strategy, sales/marketing effectiveness, cash cycle management, and operations. Prior work experiences include: private wealth management, residential solar energy startup, and launching a new automotive brand in North America. I am currently acting as an individual investor. My investment experience has thus far been limited to publicly traded equity instruments. I graduated with a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship.

$500 to $15,000

United States > California

I have done two startups, and currently manage a $35M Incubator for a large North American corporation.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > California

My primary practice is in energy and government finance law. I have experience in sophisticated financial transactions including energy commodity transactions and interest rate swaps. I have experience in high value securitization of government assets including the sale and development of new electrical generation.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > California

An accomplished business executive who has built a successful career progressing through the operations and sales roles in startup and fast-growth companies. Recognized by my peers for my ability to create and implement an organizational vision that produces dramatic, yet controlled, growth in revenue and profitability.

$10,000 to $150,000

India > Gurgaon

I am an entrepreneur who has made his money from Green Tech investments in recent past. I would like to invest in Green Tech Project and guide it to success without getting involved in its nitty and gritty.

$1,000,000 to $5,000,000

United States > California

I am an entrepreneur in the computer services industry and looking to invest in companies needing seed capital or working capital.

$10,000 to $50,000