Entrepreneur Overview

Raising Capital with Keiretsu

Keiretsu members understand that searching for funding can be a daunting process to even the most experienced entrepreneur. To get a better understanding of the process, we encourage companies interested in presenting at Keiretsu Forum to review this information in detail and contact us directly to discuss prior to applying.

Our investor members bring an exceptional level of expertise in a wide range of sectors so we encourage entrepreneurs from diverse industries to apply to present at a forum meeting.

Some of the benefits for entrepreneurs in engaging the Keiretsu Forum network are:

  1. Road show: An opportunity to present in front of a captive member audience in all three Central Canada chapters (Toronto, York Region, London) with a broadcast of our Toronto chapter to remote chapters (Waterloo-Wellington) and investors across the network to further expand your reach.
  2. Syndication: Global reach is the power of the Keiretsu network. Ask us how Central Canada can facilitate your entry into other global Keiretsu Forum chapters. With so many chapters around the world you can:
    • Leverage the 3,000+ angel investors and raise larger capital
    • Establish new distribution and sales channels
    • Build new partnerships
  3. Keiretsu Connect & Green Pages: In addition to local live presentations, your company information is entered into our proprietary global deal tracking platform (Keiretsu Connect) where members can explore deals across the Keiretsu global network. Searching active deals for a specific area of interest is simple, fast and informative for our members and provides additional exposure for your company. Each month our chapter presidents distribute a hard copy version of the previous month’s global deal flow (Green Sheets). Your company will be profiled there the month following your presentation in Central Canada.
  4. Due Diligence Kick Starter: Diligence can slow a deal down. For those companies that receive adequate member interest, Keiretsu supplies a seasoned research resource (PhD graduate) to gather data and begin the fact checking exercise for an easier transition from pitch to member due diligence.
  5. Due Diligence Platform: The DD platform is a set of online tools that standardizes the DD process and accelerates deal review.

Support from our Sponsors: Our sponsors understand the challenges that early stage businesses face and they are here to help. At Keiretsu we want to help entrepreneurs succeed in all aspects of their business. Starting a business is about much more than simply raising capital. We have many support services offered free of charge by our sponsors to companies that present at Keiretsu including the creation of your term sheet.

Keiretsu Investment Criteria

Companies that apply to Keiretsu Forum are typically in their A or B rounds. They usually have accomplished a meaningful funding round (anywhere between USD500,000 to USD2.5 million) from their own funds, government grants and/or family and friends before they reach us. Member investments vary in response to the requesting company’s genuine needs, but are typically in the range of USD500k USD6 million.

Entrepreneurs who are able to raise capital from one chapter can apply to present and potentially raise additional capital from other national and/or international chapter members.

Ask how we can assist in your deal syndication planning.

Apply to Present

If you wish to apply to present at a Keiretsu Forum Central Canada meeting, please click here.

Keiretsu does not take equity, success fees, warrants or other fees of any kind other than the one-time chapter administration fee. Keiretsu Forum charges an administrative fee for those companies that are selected and are willing to present in front of our members. This cost is to defray some of the operational expenses of the forum. This fee does NOT apply until the candidate passes the deal screening phase and agrees to present at the general Forum.

Keiretsu Forum does not sign any Non-Disclosure Agreements. Any executive summaries and other supporting documents submitted to Keiretsu Forum for consideration will not be treated as confidential, even if marked confidential. Please include only information that you are comfortable to share under these terms.

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