Georgia 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.

Georgia Investors

United States > Georgia

Individual Investor. 15+ years in IT industry. Looking to build out additional investments. Level of involvement can vary based on investment/industry.

$5,000 to $200,000

United States > Georgia

Sales and client engagement executive. Degree in Business Management. Individual investor.

$1 to $50,000

United States > Georgia

I'm a single individual looking to invest on innovative, and cool ideas. I would like to invest on start-ups that have the motivation. I've created a couple of successful businesses which have allow me to have additional income available to invest. My involvement with any business would be from the marketing and maybe financial perspective. Trust and communication between partners is essential to me.

$0 to $20,000

United States > Georgia

I have been the primary investor for two successful start up businesses. One is a restaurant and the other a lab testing center. I am now looking for a third investment opportunity.

$10,000 to $100,000

United States > Georgia

Our company works in the capacity of a consultant. We have a close relationship with private investors who are aggressively looking to invest in unique startups,businesses looking for capital to expand and projects needing capital raises.The trust we have with our investors allows us to screen, consult and connect. The process that my partner and I have developed has been very successful mainly because of our combined 55 years in the finance, insurance and marketing industries. On a personal note, we are both married with children and use our dedication to our families to motivate us to put our best foot forward with each our our clients. We are a company that believes wholeheartedly in living by the golden rule "treat other's the way you want to be treated".

$10,000,000 to $50,000,000

United States > Georgia

We'd like to make a minimum return of 200% over 3 yrs. We are from the real estate business. Consider us group investors.

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

United States > Georgia

Individual investor looking to work with existing management team to grow business and maintain the founder's vision and brand. Highly accomplished senior executive offering demonstrated leadership in growing businesses & international start-up business establishment including business development, operations/distribution, P&L, process development, and team building capabilities in a variety of industries. A trusted communicator who builds lucrative relationships with clients and colleagues. A great People Person. An experienced business executive with a broad background in Start-Ups, Operations, Finance, Supply Chain, Quality, HR, IT Systems, Engineering, and Real Estate. Trusted adviser to several small and medium sized firms. Key member of the team that built an INC 5000 business, serving in various capacities as CEO, CFO, CIO and “do whatever it takes” roles during the rapid expansion of this successful business.

$0 to $20,000,000

United States > Georgia

I have been in the financial services arena for nearly 20 years. In typical recession time - great companies are born. With the stock market turmoil I would like to consider helping/investing in revolutionary business potentials. I will not consider or waste time reviewing "idea's" - I will consider investments in prototype technology based solutions. I want to see growth opportunity businesses that are scaleable and unique. I want to participate with founder money not be the sole investor in someone's idea. I am direct and fair and very easy to get along with as a shareholder. No matter how good the deal is - if you have to "sell me" - I am not interested. I will either feel it or I won't and I will let you know right away.

$5,000 to $100,000