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

Licensed Realtor since 1981 Worked with Angel investors to buy and hold properties Purchased 35 homes this year for investors. 30% below actual market value minimal to light repair (typical carpet and interior paint) Newer homes only 1980 to 2006 team of drivers drive and evaluate condition of homes, and contractors/ handymen for repair Avg purchase price is <$150k per property and I would like to purchase two at a time

$190,000 to $1,000,000

United States > California

I work for a family-owned business in the medical industry and have helped it grow into a multi-million dollar profit company. Looking to transfer my success into other companies through financial support and new investments.

$0 to $30,000

United States > Illinois

More than 18 years of commercial real estate investment and development experience. Most recently VP at GE Real Estate Purchase single tenant office and industrial properties for my company's own account and commercial and hotel properties for other investors for whom I am an advisor.

$50,000 to $10,000,000

United States > California

I am a business owner with 10 plus years of active experience and I am now starting out as angle investor. I have a keen understanding of what small businesses need to succeed and I am willing to get involved with the right entrepreneur.

$50,000 to $500,000

United States > California

I'm an accomplished engineer with a strong background in technology and the automotive industry. I'm looking to begin investing in new & promising products/services. I'm extremely detail oriented and driven.

$1,000 to $50,000

United States > California

I am an investor looking at around $50,000 to start and up to $100,000. This is cash available looking for an interesting, probably upstart company with a good idea who needs money to get going. My preference would be an investment with good return that has the possibility of rolling back over into the company for future development and returns. As further background, I am looking to invest in areas other than stocks, funds, etc. My net worth is approximately 1.4 million of which most is in land in Arkansas.

$0 to $100,000

United States > California

Experienced serial entrepreneur with past personal success with IPO and acquisition exits. 25 years experience with pricing strategy and sales&marketing excellence. Spent the past 10 years helping companies establish monetization / pricing strategies to extract full value for their products. I can help the companies I advise and mentor to increase their initial valuations, increase their cash flow (decrease equity dilution) and accelerate revenue growth and market adoption through effective pricing strategies. Successful and passionate entrepreneur looking to pay forward to other entrepreneurs the help I received in my own past start-ups.

$0 to $100,000

United States > California

Progressive thinking investor looking to assist start-ups that have new and innovative ideas. Can bring practical business experience and expertise to the table in a variety of disciplines; real estate, financing, financial planning and projection, real estate leasing and construction, labor management, human relations, systems and procedures, advertising, marketing, and promotional activities. Have made angel investments in over 30 companies. Also have a network of other investors.

$25,000 to $300,000