What Is The Selection And Mentoring Process?
Upon submission, all business plan summaries will be analyzed and a report will be generated for all submitting companies. Each company will receive a company-specific URL in which to view the web-based report.
The Expanded Executive Summaries, together with the results of the summary analysis, will then be reviewed by a panel of venture professionals. Some companies will be immediately selected to participate in Investors Choice®; others will be placed in a pending file until they are viewed in relationship to the other applications.
Please bear in mind that the selection committee is seeking the best investment opportunities using a number of specific criteria, including: various stages of investment, markets addressed, size of opportunity, depth of management team, industry focus, and so on.
You may be notified of your acceptance or denial anytime within a week of application, and/or as late as six weeks after your submission is received.
Applications will be considered on a first-come/first-serve basis. If your company is selected as one of the presenting companies at the conference, the Wayne Brown Institute will assign a Deal Maker Team® to assist in preparing your presentation and creating supporting materials for the conference.
The Deal Maker Teams® are comprised of members of the Cooperative Venturing Network®, a nationwide network of professionals in equity backed businesses that include current (and former) successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financial, legal, and investment professionals, all of whom are volunteering their time to help.
In addition to helping with your presentation, the Deal Maker Team® will be comprised of individuals that are part of a network that has access to capital. While you are checking them out, they are checking you out, to see if they want to lend their credibility to investors on your behalf.