Our best scouts are Pointe Angels investors, who refer promising startups to the Screening Team for consideration. Scouting is Angel-Added Value for startups.
Pointe Angels also takes referrals from VCs, from our affiliated Accelerator programs, from University Tech Transfer offices, and from our portfolio companies.
Pointe Angels does not accept unsolicited leads. Startups interested in presenting to Pointe Angels should network-in through an investor, Accelerator, University, or portfolio company.
Startups that offer a differentiated solution, de-risked growth, and a path to exit within 5 years are referred to Pointe Angels' Screening Team for consideration.
Companies that are currently fundraising - or expect to be raising soon - submit their investor materials for consideration:
Investor Deck and Executive Summary
Customer Traction, Financials, and Forecasts
Term Sheet and Participating Investors
Pointe Angels’ Screening Team meets monthly to review scouted opportunities based on three broad criteria:
Company strengths and validation
Anticipated risks on the path to exit
Alignment with Pointe Angels members
The Screening Team then selects two presenters for the next Angel Meeting, and returns comments to all companies considered.
Pointe Angels meets on the third Wednesday of the month - in person, in Grosse Pointe - to hear 3-6 presentations and engage with the presenters:
Preview Presenters are rising startups that will be raising soon. Each Presenter is allotted three minutes at the beginning of the meeting to introduce their company and whet Angels’ appetites for a future fundraise.
Venture Presenters are currently raising early-stage capital, selected by the screening Team. Venture Presenters each get 15 minutes to present, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with investors. Venture presenters receive a free Pitch Tune-Up coaching session from New Enterprise Forum prior to presenting.
Update Presenters are companies that have presented at a previous Pointe Angels meeting. Each Presenter gets three minutes each at the end of the meeting, to share their milestones and progress.
All presenters are invited to stay after the meeting for snacks and to engage one-on-one with the Angels.
After the monthly meeting, Pointe Angels and presenters hold followup meetings and matchmaking to identify investors who may be interested in the companies.
If there is sufficient interest, Pointe Angels will convene a Diligence Team to collect information from the company, customers, and other investors to assess risk and inform a subsequent deal.
Pointe Angels regularly shares diligence materials, in confidence, with other participating investors.
It is up to the company to maintain its own Data Room and to communicate with interested Angel investors.
Pointe Angels typically do their own deals with ventures, joining the captable as individual qualified investors or family offices.
Several Angels may optionally draw up a Special Purpose Venture (SPV) or join an established SPV or sidecar vehicle.
Presenters and investors keep Pointe Angels informed of their deals with Pointe Angels presenters, in confidence.
Growth and Exit
Pointe Angels may have personal, technical, industry, or market interest in a particular deal, but all invest with the expectation of healthy returns.
The competitive presenter can demonstrate a derisked growth path to a 10X return in 5 years (58.8% IRR). Higher returns or shorter timespans are even more competitive.
Returns are based on the company’s exit prospects. An exit may be based on IP, positioning, or other assets - but is typically driven by customer revenue generation - hence Angels’ need to see a derisked path to revenue growth.