We take pride in our ability to learn the fundamentals of virtually any industry or technology quickly. Some of the markets we can serve include: telecommunications, financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, food service, consumer products, media and entertainment, insurance etc. Having said that, we believe that the value we bring to the table is not industry expertise - which you already possess in abundance - but rather an understanding of what investors and managers like to see in a potential opportunity.
You could easily spend 600 hours or more preparing an investor-grade business plan, financial forecast, and investor presentation. This is time you should probably be spending building your team, product, distribution channels, and customer base. In addition to our expertise in preparing these materials, we offer independent, third-party insights into your business, and may raise questions that you might not have thought to ask.
Most importantly, they work. As world statistics show fewer than 1 in 150 business plans ever raise venture capital. We are happy to report that about half of our plans have raised capital, and a good portion of the rest resulted in an acquisition or currently have commitments for investment from prior round investors. Each plan is hand crafted to reflect the client's specific circumstances, yet share attributes that investors find appealing.
For a typical engagement, consisting of a business plan, financial forecast, and investor presentation, the typical time to completion is 6-8 weeks, as illustrated below. The actual time can be influenced by the quality of your existing materials, the level of your participation, the complexity of your market and business model, and our current workload.
In general, we charge a pre-determined fixed fee. The fee is determined by:
The scope of the project, in terms of the tasks and documents you require help with.
The sophistication and specific needs of your target audience.
The quality of your existing materials, including early drafts of business plans, financial forecasts, market research,competitive research, etc.
For instance, if you have a recent, comprehensive research report from a major market research firm like Forrester, our effort can be significantly reduced.
The clarity of your vision for your business model, marketing and distribution strategy, financial plans, etc.
Your availability and willingness to participate in the preparation of the business plan, financial model, and investor presentation.
The complexity of your industry and business model.
The availability of industry information.
The desired timing relative to our workload. In general, "rush" jobs will carry a substantial premium over projects that can be completed as our schedule permits.
Because of these factors, the fees for a typical project, consisting of the preparation of an investor-grade business plan, financial forecast, and investor presentation, can range from a few thousand dollars to several tens of thousands of dollars. By the way, if you are "price shopping," you should know that price doesn't tell the whole story. After all, would you choose one car over another simply because of price? Of course not - there are many dimensions you need to consider.
Certainly. We would be pleased to introduce you to our past clients. In order to respect the time and generosity of our past clients, we provide references as the final step before you sign the engagement letter.