Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network on Who Are These Investors
On this episode on Who Are These Investors Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.
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Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network on Who Are These Investors Transcript (Automated)
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The Startup Coach: Welcome to who are these investors podcast shorts featuring interviews with investors in Canadian startups. Welcome to who are these investors? I'm the startup coach. Founder of Toronto starts one of the largest startup communities in Canada. And with me today is Suvid Ajmera of angel one network. Welcome.
Thank you, Craig.
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: Good to be
The Startup Coach: here. What is the stage you invest in the average size of
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: investments across equation angels. We've invested in seed and pre-seed startups in 2021, we invested about the average size, which we saw was $300,000 to about $375,000. The maximum we did in 2021 was about 1.3 million.
For in a single round, we usually ask for about $250,000 to be left and around. If you're looking at joining other organizations who are looking to raise. Angel
The Startup Coach: one network seems to be fairly active. How many investments has the network made over
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: the years? We started off in 2011 and Angel one has made her close to 170 Investments over the years, we've invested over $35 million across our members.
Currently we're starting at about 40 members at angel One and over close to 125 angel investors across Equation Angels.
The Startup Coach: Do you have a preferred exit timeline?
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: The preferred exit timeline would be earlier the better, but some business owners are here today and they literally go on tomorrow, but five to seven years is what we look at sometimes even 10.
All companies are coming to us. We would usually look at about 18 to 24 months if you're able to get a liquidity opportunity. But again, when we look at seed and pre-seed investments, it's not possible to get an 1824 months exit timeline in place.
The Startup Coach: What are some of the things that angel one network does to support companies?
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: So education, mentorship and connecting with industry experts, engine one, and our angel group invests in companies from two primary reasons. One is the financial aspect and the other is that providing some kind of support to the companies, right? Successful business, people who want to be involved with the startup communities or to startup companies.
They look for making sure that the startup or the. Company is ready to learn and grow with the investor itself. Some of the angels are retired themselves, so they have a lot of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that they like to share and make sure guidance help the companies grow overall as a founder finding right, the right angel with the right experience is what it's all about.
It's not always about the money.
The Startup Coach: It's April one network looking
Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: for investments. Yes, we are.