We hear from a lot of companies who request our staff time to have coffee. It’s a common getting-to-know-you routine here in Denver as in many other towns. We used to be able to do this regularly, but as our investment numbers reached $15M in 2012, and the word got out that companies can get funded through RVC, we simply don’t have time to drink that much coffee!
Included in RVC’s mission is an important bit about helping entrepreneurs attain their goal of meeting angels. Sorry, we cannot simply send you a list of angels email addresses. Apply to pitch!
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On a daily basis both Peter and I get between 1 and 8 emails from companies who want to get involved or get noticed by investors. I’m not even counting Linked-in messages. I don’t know how Peter feels, but I get a pang of guilt every time I have to tell an entrepreneur that I can’t spend an hour at a coffee shop telling them how RVC works. I wish I could!
What a grand luxury it would be to walk each company through the RVC process. We’d have to raise our event prices to exorbitant rates to get that kind of people-power. We are lucky to get more deal-flow than some of the local venture capital offices and it’s hard to directly meet with each person who wants information.
We are a non-profit, and we really are here to help. Please check out our resources first, then come to us with your remaining questions.
We post information on this website guiding you along. Read Peter’s 12 Ps of preparedness, find out why we charge pitching companies for their tickets at conferences, read the ongoing Investor Pitch Deck Series, or what happens after you pitch to investors at RVC. If you still have questions, feel free to send me an email email@example.com so I can point you in the right direction.
There are four ways that entrepreneurs can get positive RVC attention:
- Read up on our process. (see links above) Requesting our undivided staff time to tell us about your company isn’t really fair until you’ve done your own homework on us so you know if we can help you.
- Take the self-assessment so you know what your company’s strengths and weaknesses are. BE HONEST. No company is perfect. Find your opportunities for improvement.
- If you are ready to raise money, apply to pitch. There is no way around this. We need your company’s information in a standard format so we can use it in investor meetings. If you don’t fill out the application, we will be looking at a blank form when your name comes up on the agenda.
- Come to events! We have events all the time – between classes, pitch meetings, and mastermind meetings, there are a lot of ways to show us your face. Besides, you should probably get to know the community if you expect to ask for money.