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We are a healthcare technology startup company (pre-revenue stage) located in GA. We have spent significant amount of our time (last 8 years with a global team, around $1M invested) working on the technology that we feel would change the way healthcare is done. We are about to launch the cloud-based enterprise class product platform. We put together business plan, financial projections, pitch deck. We are planning to raise about $3.5M. Having not raised any capital before, I am not sure about the best approach:
1. Consultants: Every one I spoke with wants upfront money (or hourly fee) and it is hard to allocate money until capital is raised (based on our current situation). Also, most of them do not have broker-dealer license.
2. Investment Bankers: I tried to contact couple of investment bankers and none of them responded. As per my understanding, they charge a percentage and do not require any upfront investment. Can you suggest few firms? Is this a good approach?
3. VCs: They usually need introductions and I do not have any connections in this area.
4. Crowd Platforms: I am not sure if this is suitable for our type of capital raise. I checked into EquityNet and it looks like, I need to contact each individual investor.
I know lot of you have the expertise on the subject. If you can share any thoughts / suggestions or contact suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to speak with me privately, please suggest.
Thank you for your time.
ATV screwed our company. It invested and than acted as if its opinion was all that mattered. Then when we had an opportunity for a 25X for them with the right acquirer, they voted it down so they could shovel more money in to push things that management knew did not make sense. They then alienated a bunch of investors and then switched terms on a follow on at the last minute. Then they drove the company out of business! Stay away!
Cavendish Global allegedly assembles family offices hungry to invest in healthcare related deals. They host large and nice events and charge entrepreneurs big bucks to attend. I've spoke with several CEO's who attended and say it is a total bust. No family offices there that actually want to meet anyone pitching a deal. Apparently they make money by swindling CEO's in to coughing up entry fees and then receiving zero benefit. The leader of this group then duck call and complaints post meeting. Beware.
I did not know them but selected them from a web search. They rejected us but were easy to approach and prompt to respond, That is appreciated.
2015- $200MM new fund with Bill Geary, Michael Greeley and Lee Wrubel asa the GPs. They continue to manage existing Foundation Medical investments. ~($200MM)
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Seriously: stay away from this fund. We pitched Yatin at their offices, who was half an hour late to our meeting. During the pitch, he was HAVING LUNCH and looking at his phone, and asking random questions to pretend like he was paying attention. We were interrupted twice by what I presume were his partners, to take him out of the room and talk. When he finished eating, at around the middle of our 12-slide deck, he stopped us and said "ok guys, this is very interesting, we'll get back to you", and left the room. Rude, arrogant, disgusting experience.
We went to pitch them, and were originally going to pitch one of the SF parters but got Phin, who had just recently arrived to San Francisco. He somewhat paid attention to our pitch, then asked questions that weren't relevant to what we were doing. He also asked things we'd explained already during the pitch, which made us feel like we had wasted our time.
Private: 330 Chars