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 am a registered professional civil engineer looking to invest my extra financial assets in promising businesses. I hold a bachelors degree in engineering from UC Irvine, and a masters degree in engineering from USC.

$5,000 to $50,000

United States > California

I am a private investor with an education in Finance and currently pursuing an MBA. My most recent career background is involvement of the operations side of distribution and inventory management of medical supplies. I intend to be an active investor, or potentially a partner, heavily involved in the marketing and operations strategy of a warehouse, distribution, and/or 3PL business with a focus on e-commerce clientele. To me, complacency is poison. My intent is to help drive a project home from a marketing and operations perspective. I hope not only to provide financial security to the project but also be hands-on and help motivate and provide experience and direction to the project.

$10,000 to $50,000

Austria > Graz

15+ General Manager in small and medium size companies Development and successful exit of start ups

$10,000 to $1,000,000

United States > California

I have been engaged in private equity and debt investments for the past 16 years through the partnerships and direct investment vehicles. Investments have ranged through business life cycles in technology and service industries both in US and Europe. Have considerable experience in Europe and represent several private and institutional investors.

$50,000 to $10,000,000

United States > California

Entrepreneur, private investor. I co-own two companies.

$10,000 to $30,000

United States > California

I'm have a Bachelor degree in Finance. Throughout my time Undergraduate career, I assisted, lead and participated in various research endeavors that involved: statistical analysis, data regression and budgetary allocation. In addition to my academic work, I've closely studied real estate part- time. In that duration, I've done minor real estate investments but none too lucrative. My experience also includes working part-time as a financial/insurance solicitor. I have several years of experience in the financial arena, and a variety of rewards and licenses to back up my claims. Furthermore, I've participated in a few telecommunicating start ups so I'm not a stranger when it come to business in the IT arena.

$500,000 to $1,000,000

United States > California

As an experienced Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur & "Turnaround CEO", I have founded an innovative, "Entrepreneur-Friendly" financial services company that will directly provide growth capital to revenue-stage companies. I understand the importance of capital needs for SMBs. Firstly, We have a revolutionary concept in providing funding for SMBs who sell to mid/large companies and are "not-quite-bankable". NO collateral is required. NO qualification. NO long term contracts. NO DILUTION. NO personal guarantees. No hyperbole. Nothing like traditional financial services, We provide capital fast, reasonably priced, without traditional due diligence/underwriting. Secondly, We have a program ("Partner Income Program") which greatly enhances a company's opportunities to raise capital, while providing the initial 50% investment.

$10,000 to $1,000,000

United States > California

I have been an operating executive responsible for WW operations of several venture backed software companies with revenues exceeding $180M and 1,200 employees. My efforts have resulted in 2 IPOs and 8 acquisitions. I have raised more than $200M in venture capital and created more than $3B in market value. I work closely with founders and their boards on strategy, operating plans, and raising capital. I currently have relationships with 40+ venture firms for follow on rounds.

$100,000 to $5,000,000