Managing Director Mark Greathouse notes, “Given the riskiness of start-up businesses, MAA must be highly-selective in assessing investment opportunities. To ensure readiness…candidate companies are screened using 20 key business criteria before facing MAA investors at an initial Pitch Review.”
FREDERICK, Md. April 27, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Angels (MAA), Frederick’s own version of “Shark Tank,” is seeking more investor sharks to join its membership. MAA continues to actively contribute investment capital to facilitate early-stage company growth for the region. The aim is to help create successful businesses while generating a return on investment for MAA member investors.
MAA stages events by which early-stage companies deliver pitches to raise capital from investor members. It might be said that MAA investor members live on the “wild side” with their investing. It’s a risky proposition. While the average return is 2.5 times investment (250 percent) over 4 years, 70 percent of these early-stage businesses fail to deliver any return. Involvement by investors at this early stage is important. So, if you have it in your bones to be involved with dynamic new companies, this is the place to be.
MAA Managing Director Mark Greathouse notes, “Given the riskiness of start-up businesses, MAA must be highly-selective in assessing investment opportunities. To ensure readiness to pitch investors at our Shark-Tank-like angel events, candidate companies are screened using 20 key business criteria before facing MAA investors at an initial Pitch Review.”
Investors must be members of MAA and be accredited as defined by the SEC to have the privilege of investing in the early-stage companies pitched at its events. Angel events are followed by due diligence meetings in which interested investors get into the nitty-gritty of reviewing investment term sheets and questioning the entrepreneurs in greater detail. The object is to mitigate risk so far as possible before the investor opens his or her checkbook.
Greathouse notes that the success of an MAA-type operation in the Frederick area is dependent on maintaining a resource of investors ready to invest. “We seek investors yearning to take an active role in MAA by helping to identify, screen, and assist early-stage companies seeking investment capital; attend several of the investment and screening meetings and lend their experience and informed opinions to the discussions surrounding potential investments; contribute to the operation of the MAA network, including actively participating or leading in due diligence, identifying investment opportunities, or serving on the boards of directors or advisory boards of portfolio companies; and intend to invest at least $25K each year into companies presented to MAA or in the MAA portfolio. MAA member benefits include exclusive early access to superior early-stage investment opportunities at Pitch Reviews and Angel Events, opportunity to co-invest with highly-qualified fellow angel investors; and membership in the Angel Capital Association.”
Headquartered in Frederick, MAA strives to actively feed the Frederick economy by advising and obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies through its five annual Capital Cycles. Investment options include “opt-in,” syndication, and regulation crowdfunding. As a gateway to private equity capital, MAA is excited to help entrepreneurial businesses flourish in Frederick County and the region. Prospective investors may inquire about membership on the Investor Inquiries page at http://www.MidAtlanticAngels.com, while businesses seeking capital are invited to the Entrepreneur Inquiries page.
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