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“Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticket… it’s part-owner business,” – Peter Lynch Eventually, businesses that wish to scale, to grow, to franchise, or to internationalize must attain investment from the entrepreneur, a friend, family, bank loans, Angel Groups,…

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How to Connect to Investors

10:00 18 June in Blog

“Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticket… it’s part-owner business,” – Peter Lynch

Eventually, businesses that wish to scale, to grow, to franchise, or to internationalize must attain investment from the entrepreneur, a friend, family, bank loans, Angel Groups, Venture Capitalist, and more. To connect with investors, entrepreneurs and their teams must attend events and network themselves, have the resources necessary to impress investors, and prepare business documents to close the deal.

INTERNET SEARCHES

Using the internet is a great way to find Angel Groups, Venture Capitalists, Incubators, Accelerators, and more. A quick Google search can provide insight to every local investment chapter around you, and many publish their rules, regulations, event schedules, and more. The Angel Capital Association is another great tool for find Angel Investment groups in which the company has a list online detailing every Angel Group in a geographic area.

NETWORKING

Entrepreneurs in need of financing must get out there, attend events, setup meeting with strangers, enlist their friends and family to increase their contacts and more. In the words of Maya Angelou, “nothing will work unless you do.” By attending events and meeting people in the world of investment, entrepreneurs can get their name and brand out in front of people who otherwise wouldn’t know any better.

We suggest attending as many events as possible when looking for investment, relationships are key to securing deals. The more investors trust you, the more they will be willing to invest in you and your business.

To attend our pitch events or apply for funding, please visit www.bluewaterangels.com

RESOURCES

Resources are a key tool for entrepreneurs to utilize when speaking to and pitching banks, investors, and more. Resources used when speaking one-on-one or in small groups could be

BUSINESS CARDS

Business Cards are a great way to provide your name and contact information, and business cards ensure that your name won’t simply be forgotten when the meeting ends

Tear Sheets

Tear sheets are a great way to provide key details and aspects about a business without requiring a lengthy read. Tear sheets are most often a one-page, two-sided document with paragraphs and infographics detailing the business purpose and its practices. To read our tear sheet, go here.

Flyers

Like a tear sheet, flyers are one-page documents that provide a detailed, concise display of product or service information including specifications and cost. Flyers are utilized when trying to make business connections and when trying to improve sales.

Resources utilized when pitching a group of investors to attain financing could be the items listed above and:

Business Plan

A business plan is a lengthy document that details all aspects of the business from key employees and executives, to product specifications, financials, milestones, projections and more. Business plans are a great way to show investors that you have a plan and know how you are going to reach your goals.

Pitch Deck

A pitch deck is normally a PowerPoint slide set that details all the information in a business plan without the lengthiness and the complicated jargon. Pitch decks are a great way to entice the creative mind and show off your skills and assets using data and graphics such as pictures, tables, and charts.

Term Sheet

When speaking to investors, it is crucial for you to have an ideal agreement laid out and ready for negotiations. If you don’t have terms that you’re okay with, it is possible that investors may bully you into accepting deals at a much higher cost to you than you want.

Closing the Deal

More often than not, closing the deal with potential investors can seem like a daunting experience that might scare even the bravest of entrepreneurs. The what-ifs may start boggling down, eroding the very confidence you have for your products or services. Sound familiar?

Here are some things to consider before closing the deal:

  1. Have you found the right prospect?

Having the right partner in a business venture is crucial. To determine if an investor is the best option for you, consider their goals and vision and ensure this aligns with yours.

  1. Reaching out to prospects

Once you have found an ideal investor, reach out to them and make connections. Showcase your talents through phone conversations, online applications, and in-person meetings to really win over an investor.

  1. Waiting out the decision

Once you have met with and pitched an investor, the waiting process begins. Understand that all great things take time, an investment in your business could take days, weeks, and sometimes months to facilitate. A great way to ensure the investment process goes your way is to keep constant communication and show genuine interest and gratitude for the opportunity.

Like all endeavors, its takes grit to make the imagined a reality; living in a time where resources are available with the click of a button, persistence is the key to making investment happen.

Source: http://bluewaterangels.com/how-to-connect-to-investors/

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Lorax Capital Partners pulls in $142m for its sophomore fund

Lorax Capital Partners has pulled in $142m for its sophomore fund and has named Apex Group to supply administration and corporate services.

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Lorax Capital Partners has pulled in $142m for its sophomore fund and has named Apex Group to supply administration and corporate services.

The fund, LCP II, has a target size of $250m and will focus on midcap companies in Egypt that are focusing on local consumption and production as well as financial inclusion.

Lorax will also back companies that are looking to expand regionally.

The investor aims to implement high-quality governance and environmental and social practices within portfolio companies and help them increase their value creation.

There have been five LPs to commit to Lorax’s new fund, so far.

Lorax Capital Partners director of operations Adnan Razzak said, ”We appointed Apex due to their strong reputation and ability to provide the all-inclusive fund administration, accounting and investor reporting services required across multiple jurisdictions.

“We have been particularly impressed with their ability to guide us through regulatory challenges and our decision to domicile the fund in the Netherlands. Our management team has an unmatched track record in sourcing, executing and managing transactions in Egypt and Apex’s support will enable us to focus on these core competencies.”

Founded in 2015, Lorax is an Egypt-focused private equity firm and over the past five years it has deployed around $175m into five companies.

Last year, Lorax aided Helios Investment Partners and Enterprise Fund with their purchase of a 96.6 per cent stake in agricultural seeds provider Misr Hytech Seed International.

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Source: https://www.altassets.net/private-equity-news/by-news-type/fund-news/lorax-capital-partners-pulls-in-142m-for-its-sophomore-fund.html

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Lobby group for Black women urges firms to ‘go beyond solidarity statements’

The 300-strong group calls asset managers to build an anti-racist portfolio, divesting from companies that benefit from business models that perpetuate racial inequities

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Industry group Black Women in Asset Management has published an open letter calling on institutions to promote racial equity through their portfolios — and take action if companies they invest in do not.

The letter comes as the City took a hard look at racial diversity within its ranks over the summer this year.

“As Black women professionals in the asset management industry, we call on investment firms and institutional investors in our industry to go beyond solidarity statements and instead commit to action, activism, and accountability to dismantle the racial inequities plaguing society,” the letter, released on 26 October, reads.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of three police officers in the US on 25 May and the disproportionate impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on people from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic backgrounds triggered Black Lives Matter protests around the world, including in London and elsewhere across the UK.

In response, financial services firms and their executives made statements saying the sector could do better and promised to fight for a better society, although activists have said that actions speak louder than words.

BWAM, the industry organisation that counts 300 members, was founded in May 2019 by Jacqueline Taiwo, principal at TowerBrook Capital Partners, and Mariam Akanbi, senior legal counsel at ARCH Emerging Markets Partners.

“Dismantling systemic racism creates a more sustainable and equitable society. However, investment firms have been slow to see racism as a serious investment risk,” said Taiwo in a statement, explaining why the group decided to pen the letter.

The open letter makes five recommendations for investment firms and institutional investors. These include calling on firms to build an anti-racist portfolio, which would entail setting metrics to examine a company’s demonstrable commitment to racial diversity.

Following the research, the group subsequently urged asset managers to divest from companies that benefit from business models that perpetuate racial inequities or target vulnerable communities, citing examples like prison labour and immigration detention.

BWAM also highlights the necessity for communication of expectations to portfolio boards on considering racial implications on strategic decisions, pointing out that this is already the case on issues such as climate change.

Other recommendations include committing resources to encourage young Black women to work in finance as well as advocating for policy change both externally and internally.

“I believe BWAM’s recommendations provide a meaningful framework to bring about long overdue change in our industry,” said Adebanke Adeyemo, general counsel of Vantage Infrastructure and a member of BWAM’s impact committee, said in a statement.

“I am publicly endorsing this letter because I know that many of my peers may not feel empowered to do so. I have been there in my career and I understand it.”

To contact the author of this story with feedback or news, email Bérengère Sim

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/lobby-group-for-black-women-urges-firms-to-go-beyond-solidarity-statements-20201026

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Dunkin’ reportedly in talks with PE-backed group to go private

The deal worth $8.8bn with Inspire Brands, owned by private equity firm Roark Capital, would delist the coffee and doughnuts chain

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Owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings could buy company in deal worth $8.8bn

Dunkin’ Brands Group is reportedly in talks to go private in a sale to private equity-backed Inspire Brands.

The New York Times reported Sunday, 25 October, that Dunkin’, the parent company of the former Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream, could sell itself for $106.50 a share, a 20% premium over Friday’s closing price, for an implied market value of about $8.8bn. The Times said a deal could be announced as soon as today, 26 October.

Inspire Brands, which is backed by Roark Capital, owns a number of restaurant chains, including Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic and Jimmy John’s.

In a statement to the Times, Dunkin’ confirmed that there have been preliminary talks over an acquisition, but a deal is not certain and neither side will comment further unless the transaction is finalized.

Dunkin’ Brands has more than 13,000 franchised Dunkin’ locations and about 8,000 Baskin-Robbins locations.

Write to Mike Murphy at AskNewswires@dowjones.com

From Dow Jones Newswires

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/dunkin-reportedly-in-talks-with-pe-backed-group-to-go-private-20201026

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