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Capital is always a serious concern for early stage companies. The EI facilitates Eastern North Carolina - Investor Network (ENC – IN) meetings, where companies present to angel investors. The EI also helps entrepreneurs prepare and network with angel investors, venture capitalists, and other entities supporting early stage innovations. In addition, the EI co-facilitates and co-sponsors a Business Plan Competition and an annual Entrepreneurship Summit. The EI provides an opportunity for innovative individuals to become informed about product development, capital resources, and corporate formation that support early stage technologies through a lunch network and speaker series called the Pirate Entrepreneurs.

The Eastern NC – Investor Network (ENC-IN) is a group of “accredited investors” that meets to examine and discuss equity investments in private companies. The network has met since the first ECU Venture Forum that was initiated in January 2002 and was originally sponsored by Ward & Smith, SBTDC and ECU. For three years the Forum was an annual event that gave 5 companies an opportunity to present to investors. RSM McGladrey joined Ward & Smith as a co-sponsor from 2003 to 2004. During May 2005 the ENC-IN began meeting monthly for lunch to review one or two company presentations per month through 2009. In recent years investors meetings are on an “as needed” basis and they do not follow a set schedule. These meetings include only “accredited investors.”*

Since 2002, over $18 million has been invested by private individuals and networks in companies associated with ENC-IN seeking private equity in eastern NC.

*An “accredited investor” is defined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933 in Rule 501 Regulation D.

In general a person must be:

  1. a natural person who has individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase; this does not include real estate investments.
  2. a natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year.

Please see the following website for full a review of qualifications: http://www.sec.gov/answers/accred.htm

If you are an “accredited investor” and would like to attend a meeting, please contact Ms. Marty E. Hackney, Director of ECU’s Entrepreneurial Initiative at 252-737-1345 or by email hackneym@ecu.edu.

Presenting Companies to the ENC-IN- (still under new Investor page)

Each company that presents to the Investor Network must be pre-qualified by an investor and the administrator.

Company must have:

  1. A significant technology or innovation that will change an industry or segment of that industry.
  2. A market opportunity of significant size and defined entry.
  3. A written executive summary, business plan, financial projections, and ROI calculations that are submitted to the administrator.
  4. Presentation of 10 to 12 minutes

Preferred qualities:

  1. Technology that is protected by patent
  2. Legal structure created
  3. Outstanding management team established

To be considered for presentation:

  1. Call Marty E. Hackney at 252-737-1345 and leave message that you are sending information electronically or by mail
  2. Send the following required documents by email to hackneym@ecu.edu or by mail to the address provided below in the contact information:
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Business Plan
    3. Presentation slides that demonstrate ROI
  3. If accepted for prequalification process from the executive summary review:
    1. Send Cap rate chart
    2. Make appointment to meet and have a discussion with Investor
  4. If selected to present: (due one month ahead of presentation date)
    1. Complete executive summary in format requested by Administrator
    2. Send term sheet
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