Find me an investor

Posted by David T.



Due date
Wednesday, 7th Nov 2012
My business is looking for an investor. If you have what it takes to write a business plan, find and secure an investor, then read on.

Also note that it would only let me put in a maximum of $999 as what I'm prepared to pay for this. In truth, I'm prepared to pay a LOT more than that. If it won't let you bid more than $999, then send me a private message to tell me what you really want.


We are a custom IT solutions and consulting company - we offer business analysis, productivity consulting, and development of affordable, custom IT solutions: Databases (mostly FileMaker Pro), websites, desktop and mobile applications.

These are custom solutions. We charge by the hour and typically projects will range from $10K to $200K (USD). We describe ourselves as "affordable" because we can complete projects that our competition might charge twice as much for.

We achieve this not by cutting corners but through efficient use of our suite of very cool proprietary development tools (our toolkit). We've spent 15 years and over 5,000 hours developing these tools. So we think we're onto something.

We can service almost any industry. Our target market is defined mostly by size and complexity - small to medium businesses, generally 5-20 employees, turning over anything from $1 million to $100 million per year.

Despite all this goodness, we are struggling to get off the ground. Why? Because as awesome as we are, showing that to the world is the challenge. We have a business model that involves comparatively minimal operating costs, however, there are still some.

To that end, we want investment capital. So we’re looking for someone to get us "investor-ready", and secure us an investor.

We understand that to do that there are a lot of hoops to jump through. My colleagues & I would rather focus our time and energy on what we already know and do well, so we don't want to spend the time learning and implementing what needs to be done to get an investor. So instead, this is where you come in.

If you're an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial type, who has had successful experience in getting a startup business investor-ready, finding an investor, and securing the investment, then we want to hear from you.

The kind of investment we're looking for is in the order of around US$300,000, and we're willing to offer an investor 15% of the company in exchange for this. As a rough guide, we project building it to a turnover of $4-5 million within three years, of which approximately 30% will be profit.

What you get out of it is negotiable, but primarily we see you getting a percentage of the funding once you have got it for us. So, please have your bids reflect how much you want, but understand you get paid AFTER you've closed the deal and we have the funding. That said, we understand this is a significant undertaking and we expect large bids (eg. if we pay you 10% of the funding it would net you $30,000) and we will have no problem paying that if you secure us what we’re looking for.

Please understand you're not just being hired to write a business plan for investors to see. You're also to find the investor(s) and sell it to them.

That said, the good news is, you're not starting from scratch. We have what might be considered a rough business plan document, and a bunch of spreadsheets that outline the financial part of the plan - in other words, I have pretty much all the information you'll need, but it's far from being organised and presented the right way. It needs a lot of work to get it to the point where a serious investor will take it seriously, at least from what I understand of what investors want.

The business is owned by me, an Australian in Australia, but it's based in the USA and so is likely most attractive to USA investors. However that's by no means a requirement from my point of view.

Good luck and happy bidding!


PS. If you happen to be (or know) someone who might be interested in investing then by all means contact me. Understand that we are NOT "investor-ready" at this point. That is, we don't have a professionally presented business plan, and without the help of someone responding to this ad, we're not in any position to create one. However, I do believe we have all the information you'd require to make a decision, if you're willing to work with the current presentation.

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how long do we get to complete the business plan, as myself and a fellow business student at university of sunshine coast are interested,
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