We get a lot of questions about Accredited and Unaccredited Investors. We'd like to clarify what accreditation means, why it matters, and how FI works with these investors.
Before we start, this is not legal advice and we are not attorneys. With that out of the way, we hear from a lot of companies about general confusion regarding 506 (b) and 506 (c) deals. This FAQ is intended to help clear up this confusion and provide some high level information with regards to these two types of investor exemptions.
Our Funding Readiness advisory service provides the process and tools for entrepreneurs to prepare due diligence materials for efficient investor review, and in...
Unlike most tech-focused angel networks and most cohort-based incubators and accelerators, we don't use a funding cycle. We've built a continuous process flow...
You very well might. If you're doing this solely to make money, stop now. Investing in private companies is risky. If you invest in private companies, you could lose all...
Everyone Network: For a limited time there is NO FEE to join the FI Everyone Network.
FI Accredited Network: Membership is $1,000 per year, or $1,500 for two years. New investors also incur a one-time $500 registration fee. The year starts on your join date. After signing up, we will invoice you.
Like most angel groups, we charge fees to offset the costs of deal acquisition, review, and communication; due diligence; investor coordination and education; and our unpaid work in foodshed ecosystem development.
We see Convertible Note deals all the time. Generally, we really dislike them as bad for both the entrepreneur and the investor, for all kinds of reasons...
We don't set a minimum investment level. It varies deal by deal, and is determined by the Lead Investor and the fundraising company. That said, deals that go through Ref CF public Crowdfunding Portals typically have a minimum of $100. Deals that are circulated to the Accredited Network usually have minimums around $5k.
First, we don't make any recommendation or give any advice on any type of investment to any potential investor. Determining if a deal is "viable" is up to each investor. That said...
ContactUnlike an incubator or a tech-focused angel group, we don't have regular meetings. Rather, we convene ad-hoc "Investor Roundtables" for Q&A with funding-ready companies. And we do the occasional Happy Hour. Want to host a FI meeting either once, or regularly? Get in touch with us, we'd love the help!
Since the opening of public debt and equity crowdfunding portals in 2016, the dollar volume of deal flow has climbed steadily...
We think about business, and about fundraising, a little differently. First, we start with Mission: We start with the belief that for-profit entrepreneurialism can be a force...
"BootstrapPlus" is what we call our approach to sensible business growth and financing. It's like bootstrapping, but with a little help. It's the idea of taking as little...
What if "scale" didn't just mean one entity growing ever larger and larger, facing the issues and creating the difficulties that accompany growth for growth's sake...
Investors can expect market, or near-market returns. Financial returns will vary deal to deal depending on deal structure, risk, and impact.
Deals are structured in a variety of ways based on entrepreneur and investor preference. While FI educates both investors and entrepreneurs on the composition of various deal structures, the decision of how to structure an investment, and the terms of that investment, lies solely with the entrepreneur. See our Disclaimer.
No. Investors individually decide to participate in a deal or not.
No. Foodshed Investors helps companies get ready to fundraise, then facilitates transactions between investors and entrepreneurs.
That said, FI does, on occasion, make investments for its own account.
DISCLAIMER: Local Impact Investors LLC, dba Foodshed Investor and also dba Austin Foodshed Investors, is not a venture fund, investment bank, broker dealer, investment clearing-house, investment club, or investment advisor...