Active angels work with term sheets regularly, but not every investor fully understands the sometimes arcane language in these highly-specialized documents. What are term sheets, what do they signify, and why are they so important? As a member of HBAN (complete our angel registration form here) you will have access to a range of template investor documents including term sheet, syndicate agreement and due diligence check lists.
A buzzword in entrepreneurship and equity investing is “inclusiveness.” It is gaining traction with Venture Capitalists and angels alike, who see that building the diversity of the investor community and the entrepreneurs they invest in is not only a good societal goal, but it is also a way to build great deal flow, make better investment decisions, and grow returns.
It’s exciting news! The CEO of one of your investments tells you that a buyer expressed serious interest in acquiring her company for €30M. Since the company has struggled to find huge growth, you are relieved and do a quick mental “back of the envelope” calculation and you figure you’ve bagged a 5x return in a couple of years. Not too bad for one of your first angel deals!
How to Apply the 3 P's to Selecting Angel Investments
The first approach we recommend for selecting investable companies is to screen each company by examining the Team, Market Opportunity and Product. That’s a great way to sift through hundreds of companies to find the few diamonds in the rough. But for serious angels with more solid prospects than they can possibly invest in, a second filter is needed. Whether they realize it or not, most investors apply a second level of filter in their screening process. Investors might use different words but they are all doing the same basic analysis. We call this secondary filter the 3 P's. They are easy to remember and understand:
After a year or two down the path of building a diversified portfolio of angel investments, many individual angels are faced with some uncertainty about their path forward. The questions on many experienced angels’ minds are “Will I make a good enough return on my angel investments to justify the risk? Should I continue to invest?”
If you‘re a high potential Start Up that has a new innovative product or service ready for commercialisation and/or have achieved some early traction and are raising finance to scale internationally please contact us.