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What are our selection criteria?
We focus our resources on startups / sectors that we understand and that will be of interest to our investment community. These are some of the elements that should help you determine if you are entering our "investment scope". **The size of the round We appreciate Seed round (1st round) between 300 and €800K Series A (2nd round) 1M- €5M in co-investment startups with part of that round secured **Sectors of activity We are very generalists! We appreciate: Fintech, Big Data, IA,
Startups: how much do our services cost?
Our compensation model depends on how we finances each startup: When raising funds directly from investors among the Angelsquare community Fixed costs from 5000 to €10 000 excl. tax ( only if accepted, submission is free ) 5% commission on the amount raised These fees cover our preparatory work for your fundraising, presentation of your project to our community, identifying the most suitable investors, structuring the round, and accompanying you until the closing of your fundrai
How to finance your startup with AngelSquare?
Get direct funding from the Angelsquare community: in which case Angelsquare acts as a fundraising intermediary, whose mission is to prepare the startup for the fundraising, identify the best investors for the startup, structure the round, and accompany the startup until its raising is completed. Investors invest directly in the startup's capital. be financed by a Club: all you have to do is convince the Club le
When to raise funds?
However, certain conditions are necessary to be "eligible" or at least to guarantee the success of a seed round. Define a solid project The growth project must be defined and consistent with the market. Your objectives must be clearly defined and quantifi
What is a Business Angel?
The entire French entrepreneurial ecosystem underlines the importance of Business Angels. Problem: No one is able to say who the French Business Angels really are, or how to find them. Incubators, accelerators, investment funds, BPI, fundraisers... All agree that Business Angels are key players in the financing of startups in France, that they invest where no one else invests, that they operate more on a "first sight" basis than other players, that they are necessary in France and that they co
Which documents shall you prepare?
Before raising funds you must have a data room at your disposal so you can share it easily with potential Business Angels who‘d like to know more about your project. We also recommend you uploading it to the cloud, which allows you to update this data room, add documents, share it easily and potentially cut off access to documents. Pitch Deck: One idea per slide -learn more 1-5 min pitch - elevator pitch 30 min pitch:
Determine the right amount to raise
Have quantified objectives The amount to raise is not defined randomly but according to quantified objectives. These objectives must be clearly defined: recruitment planned in the short and medium term, customer acquisition, release of a new version of the product... It should be noted that this step is necessary because both private investors and funds will ask for justifications. Normally, these objectives are defined over 15-18 months, until your next round, which makes it possible to c
Some mistakes not to do during your appointments
Here are some mistakes not to make when meeting with Business Angels. It may sounds simple, but it's always good to remind : Pre-meeting: be too familiar with a BA. He's not your buddy, but a potential investor, so you have to be rigorous Be arrogant, unpleasant or too aggressive - even if the profile of the BA doesn't suit you, watch out though, it's a small world Monopolize speech, it is important to listen Lying. Or pretend to know everything when it is not the case, this type of
Fundraising: how long does it take?
Fundraising is about agreeing to put your business aside for a while. Hence the interest of having partners or an already solid team on which you can rely. On average, a fundraising takes several months, between 2 and 6 months, depending on your ability to convince Business Angels. Then, it takes a few more months before the funds actually arrive on your account (with some exceptions) for administrative reasons. As a reminder, a fundraising is divided into several phases: Preparation of do
How much shall I value my startup?
Small Reminder - Pre & Post Money Valuation Pre-money valuation is the value of the company on which entrepreneurs and investors agree before investors enter the capital. This is usually the reference value during negotiations. Post-money valuation is the value of a company after investors have acquired a stake in it. For example, if a company has been valued at 100K in pre-money and investors inject 50K in capital increase, the post-money valuation will be 150K and the share of capital he
Is Angelsquare a crowdfunding platform?
No ! Crowdfunding like crowdequity are "fundraising" from people you do not meet / know through a platform. What we offer are direct contacts between you, ambitious entrepreneurs, and qualified Business Angels (average ticket >50k€ + expertise). If Angelsquare get you throughout this process, it is also up to you to organize your fundraising and strategy as you wish! We are a financial investment advisor registered with ORIAS under number 16003914
Why don't we sign NDA?
NDA or how to scare off investors! Many entrepreneurs looking for funds start with a fixed idea in mind: have their fundraisers or investors sign a NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before sharing their documents (BP, Pitch Deck...)). Wrong idea? We give you our advice on the subject! We might as well tell you the truth right away : very few investors agree to sign NDAs, no matter how good your project is. Here are some reasons you should not worry about it: 1 No one will steal your ide