Thank you in advance for considering applying to Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN).
CTAN is one of the largest Angel Investing Networks in the nation with 160 members, and $82.6 million invested in 142 companies. We run 5 formal Funding Cycles per year. There are a few things we’d like you to consider prior to completing your application.
CTAN specifically evaluates companies that fit the following criteria:
- Unique and disruptive – Something truly unique that is not a “me too” type of product or service, and stands out from competition.
- Scalable – Able to grow and expand quickly. We do not fund “lifestyle businesses” or individual franchises.
- Defensible – Either through intellectual property or team skill, the business is defensible from copycats.
Each Funding Cycle is 10 weeks long. Please take a moment to review the structure below:
WEEK 1: Application Deadline & Funding Cycle Forum
Companies apply via ProSeeder, our online platform. Among other questions, entrepreneurs classify their business in one of five industry sectors: B2B Software, B2C Software, Hardware, Life Sciences, or Consumer Products / Other. CTAN members group themselves into Sector Interest Groups (SIGs) based on their interest or expertise in those sectors.
Funding Cycle Forum: This is an exclusive, two-part event for those companies applying to the current funding cycle, which includes 1) a short workshop at which entrepreneurs learn how best to navigate CTAN’s process and pitching to investors, and 2) mentor hours during which entrepreneurs have the opportunity to meet member investors in a speed-dating style format. After this event, you’ll have the weekend to update your application using the investor feedback you received, prior to the following week’s online voting by CTAN members.
WEEK 2: Application Review & Voting
CTAN members review entrepreneur applications and vote online for companies that pique their interest. If enough members in each Sector Interest Group (SIG) express interest in a company, we invite the company to pitch to members of that SIG the following week.
WEEK 3: SIG Screening Meetings
Selected companies pitch in person to each SIG, with time for Q&A with investors. We can accommodate remote pitches upon request, though we do not recommend this. At the end of the SIG Screening Meeting, the members in attendance decide if they are interested enough to move into due diligence, and whether there’s a member willing to be Deal Lead to lead the due diligence effort. If the answer is yes to both questions, then we move into three weeks of due diligence with the company.
WEEK 4-6: Due Diligence by Staff, SIG, Deal Lead
CTAN staff, the member Deal Lead, and other members of the SIG conduct due diligence, in which we work with the company to better understand its business model and value proposition. Due diligence will include customer reference calls, competitive analysis, market sizing, team reference calls, etc.
WEEK 7: Term Sheet & Soft-Circle
The member Deal Lead works with the company to arrive at a term sheet and soft-circle investment interest from the SIG. If we are able to soft-circle interest, we schedule the entrepreneur to present to the broader CTAN membership at the Showcase Meeting.
WEEK 8: Showcase Meeting
Companies in which SIGs have soft-circled interest present in person at the Showcase Meeting to the broader CTAN membership. The due diligence findings are made available to members, and additional members may indicate investment interest at this point.
WEEK 9: Circle Additional Member Interest
WEEK 10: Closing (working with legal counsel to close the deal)
While it’s not a hard requirement, many CTAN investors have a strong preference for Texas-based companies.
CTAN charges an application fee of $250 due prior to submitting your application This fee provides you the following:
- The ability to attend a three hour Funding Cycle Forum in which experienced angel investors explain the do‘s and don’ts of pitching to investors.
- Also at theFunding Cycle Forum there is a presentation by an entrepreneur who has successfully received funds from CTAN explaining the process from his/her point of view.
- Entry to CTAN’s Funding Cycle where your application will be sent to the 165 investors in our network.
- Two attempts at the Funding Cycles of your choosing, if you don’t receive funding on your first attempt.
If CTAN members invest $200,000 or more in your company, CTAN collects an Administrative Fee of $5,000 upon closing. If CTAN invests $400,000 or more in your company, CTAN collects an Administrative Fee of $7,500 upon closing.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Thorsen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It only takes 1…”
It really does only take one interested investor to make a huge difference. While a majority of CTAN-funded companies have progressed through the entire funding cycle, we typically see some additional companies receive funding each cycle which didn’t make it through the entire process. Perhaps the company didn’t receive enough votes, but a handful of members remained intrigued. We do not prevent interested members from conducting due diligence and investing outside of the process; in fact, we encourage it — as long as the company is not moving forward in CTAN’s formal funding cycle. We seek to help as many companies get funded by our member investors as possible.