Information specific to private projects, innovative private (non-public) companies.
We are interested in project applicants that are private companies with a brilliant idea, that are surrounded by enthusiastic, passionate people who are suitably qualified and experienced. We work best with projects who are happy to listen to advice and work with others, partners and experts who are also interested in supporting and advancing your project. A powerful team makes all the difference in a project's success.
We are entrepreneurial experts in commerce, markets, project planning and management. We understand what it takes to work an idea, seek funding and achieve eventual commercialisation success. It takes strength, determination, tenacity and persistence, a stubborn and unrelenting passion to achieve goals against great odds. THOSE are the people and projects we want.
Our services are designed to assess projects and people, refine and assist in the planning stages to best prepare a project for funding and/or finance approval. Whilst the journey towards monetising your project is difficult and lengthy, when it happens it is only the first of many hurdles jumped. Without proper ongoing planning, support and guidance a project would not know how to execute, streamline, monitor or measure results.
There are additional challenges in expansion of a project into new countries or jurisdictions. A project must consider production / manufacture and materials, cost, political and economic environment, logistics, labour and general commercial environment and thus must plan accurately before making mistakes that could cost the project a blown budget or at worst, closure.
Project ideas must be innovative. Nobody will fund or finance a reinvented wheel unless that wheel has patentable technology with a securely identified market need or want and a likely chance of commercial success (profits). It is important that a project protects its intellectual property and then knows how to manage and monitor it. It's equally important that the project continually innovates (R&D) and continually adds value.
Once our project clients have worked with us and succeeded in their initial capital goals, we continue to advise and support, guide and provide expertise to assist the project in its growth plans, identifying potential markets, horizontally integratable products and/or services to add value or reduce costs without impacting on quality or customer services. We do not just fund a project and leave them to sink or swim.
PROJECT COMPANIES, PRIVATE OWNER / INNOVATORS
NOT PUBLICLY LISTED COMPANIES, PPP'S OR GOVERNMENTS
Have a great team - the entrepreneur (passionate driver), the technical perfectionist
- Relationship - meet with us, communicate, demonstrate the above and forge a relationship
- Listen - we will notice if you did or did not listen to suggestions, instructions or advice
- Attitude - be passionate, professional, dedicated and skillful but leave the ego at the door
Have a great project - an idea, innovation that's fresh, an inspiration, a purpose, likeable
- Receive industry validation - professionals and experts who want to be involved in the above
- Do the research - ensure that your idea will (or can) be viable, find external supporting data
- Know your market/s - prove to us that you know where, how and who will purchase from you
Have realistic expectations - We will not fund a project within 24 hours or even 24 days
- Self check - be critical, SWOT analysis, be ready and have answers for the hard questions
- Capital - we need to see a team that's invested sweat, tears and money before we will assess
- Produce the right documents - first impressions start with the above in a 3-4 page Summary
HOW TO IMPRESS US
Whilst we will look at any project in any industry that makes sense and is backed by a solid team, the following industries are easiest for us to validate by obtaining external expertise and therefore they are the ones that may provide us the most timely confidence.
Green energy (hydro, wind, solar, geothermal)
Energy storage (environmentally safe, technology, transportable)
Green materials (environmental sustainability and production)
Bio technology (bio mass, agri/aqua-culture, feed stocks, fuels)
Food technology (growth, harvesting, organics, systems)
Waste management (technology, systems, tools, recycling)
Water management (technology, filtration, storage, distribution)
Healthcare (natural and strategically important pharma, exercise)
Pollution reduction (air, water, technology, systems)
Transportation (technological advances, monorails, fuel-less)
We do not fund apps for consumers' phones or tablets and we do not finance consumer goods such as cars or trucks.
We do not fund projects into other financial transactions with third parties and we will not accept misappropriation of any funds provided under contract.
We may choose to support an early stage project and its team by advancing early stage funding or finance if we are suitably impressed with all that has been demonstrated.
Innovation that does not reinvent the wheel
Exciting and bold, backed by evidence or likely trending
Profitable, economic sustainability is important
English, all correspondence and documentation must be in English
Capital, we need to see that you have something to lose too
Funding, we fund projects (min) USD$20 million and up
Finance, we finance projects (min) USD$1 million and up
Competitors, ideally none or very few
Intellectual Property, needs to be registrable and protectable
Licences, permissions, support, potentially from government
Qualifed and experienced team, this is of upmost importance
No disqualified or bankrupt persons, this will hurt an application
Absolute honesty, our due diligence is very diligent; be truthful
Documents, must be per criteria, professional, your best works
Currency, all forecasts must be in USD or EUR + local currency
Forecasts, they must be responsible and reasonable guesses
Private company or PPP, as we cannot assist public companies
External validation, who else supports you, with what and why
Market research, provide extracts and references in Appendix