Florida Investment Network

Business Plan Tips

What Investors Are Looking For In A Plan

Investors, whether angels or VC's, are looking for the same things when reading a business plan. They want to know how big the opportunity is, whether this is the right team to exploit the opportunity, who the competition is, what the risks are, and why they can expect this team to implement successfully. Your job in writing the business plan is to address these questions convincingly and clearly.

Emphasize Your Real Strengths

Highlight what your team brings to the table. If your business hinges on a particular competency (for example, understanding the procurement process), your plan will be more persuasive if one of your team members knows something about it and that is brought out in your plan. Rather than including generic resumes of team members, tailor the resumes to draw out the experience each member has that will make him or her a valuable contributor.

Get To The Point And Make It Clear And Comprehensive

Investors see many business plans. A 20-page plan which clearly lays out your business is far more likely to be read than a 100 page plan. Today, some entrepreneurs are using a 15 slide Powerpoint presentation. If your text is short and punchy, you won't need to repeat yourself, because the reader won't be bogged down keeping ten chapters in their head. Reading the same thing over and over, even if it's in different words, can get really tiring. The more you use brevity and give each concept a single home in your document, the more people will want to read it.

Write In Plain English

If you can't explain your idea in English, either you don't understand what you're talking about (What is a transaction enabled atomic journaling database server, anyway?) or you haven't simplified the idea enough. Think, revise, and try again.

Get Rid Of The Hype

Yes, we know you will be the "premier insert product category here of the Internet, achieving 99% market penetration with 60% customer retention in 3 months". Your product will reach "new heights in customer experience through the use of personalization and one-to-one profiling and customization". It will be "user friendly" because you will be creating a truly "ecstatic customer experience". It is a "quantum leap forward" in the marketplace for product category here. Um, yeah. Believe me, we've read it before. About a dozen times today, in fact. (And by the way, the phrase "quantum leap" really doesn't mean anything.) Stick to a tight, simple explanation of your idea. Convince your reader you'll be the best because your idea is the best, not because you can string a dozen buzzwords together.

Use Quantifiable Information

In each section, back up your assertions with solid facts. Even if you are a new venture and cannot give specific figures on the performance of your business, quote figures for the industry or your competitors. These real figures carry more weight than your assumed projections and give more reality to your plan.

Choose A Huge Market

Especially in the internet world, investors are looking more at the market than at the detailed specifics of your financials. Choose a market that is big enough to be an obvious good opportunity. A business which targets teenage girls who listen to music and has a reasonable chance of capturing 90% of the girls that are online is a huge opportunity. A business which targets net-savvy SAAB mechanics who need prosthetic limbs is not.

Florida Investors

Florida > Coconut Creek

We are a diversified, international service firm helping government and business grow, often into new markets worldwide. Our Investment Bankers specialize in Government and Corporate Finance, Private Equity, and other alternative investment solutions primarily in difficult or emerging market situations.

$5,000,000 to $500,000,000

Florida > Pompano Beach

Our investment group funds oil & gas projects.

$1,000,000 to $10,000,000

Florida > Miami

I am an individual investor, with expertise in healthcare and biotechnology and an interest in agriculture and the environment. I am looking to make small investments only at this time and would prefer an advisory role at most.

$0 to $15,000

Florida > Key Biscayne

Master in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Business Development Professional with over 10 years of global experience in direct sales, sales management and co-sale with alliance partners to large enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions in Latin America.

$5,000 to $200,000

Florida > Clear Water

Private investor with experience as owner/operator of an import/export company.

$10,000 to $10,000,000

Florida > Gotha

Our investment are primarily in commercial real estate, our background is 20 yrs in real estate investments, I am a private investor.

$25,000 to $500,000

Florida > Miami Beach

I have been working as an investment analyst for a Hedge Fund for the past 3 years. I have recently decided to become involved with my family business and we are looking to expand our operations through new investment opportunities.

$100,000 to $5,000,000

Florida > Ponte Vedra Beach

I'm a single male living in Ponte Vedra Beach FL. I'm currently a Financial Advisor who is diversified in many different areas including being a partner in real estate and restaurant deals. I would potentially be in a hands on and silent partner role depending on the business.

$1 to $500,000