Investors Education

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"The Key to Successful Investing in West Michigan"

This educational conference will offer West Michigan high net worth and institutional investors the opportunity to learn about a wide range of private capital investments that can provide diversification, attractive returns and contribute to the success of West Michigan's next generation of business success stories.













Invest Locally, Invest Profitably


Angel Investing

An angel investor or angel is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.  Angel investors often organize themselves into groups or networks to share research and pool their investment capital.  Angel investing is a good option for those wishing to actively participate in the due diligence process and also make investment decisions into individual companies.






Venture Capital 

Most venture capital comes from a group of wealthy investors, investment banks and other financial institutions that pool such investments or partnerships. This form of raising capital is popular among new companies or ventures with limited operating history, which cannot raise funds by issuing debt. The upside for venture capital investors is that they usually have a say in company decisions, in addition to a portion of the equity.  Fund managers actively manage the pooled resources.



Private Equity

Private equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies that result in a delisting of public equity. Capital for private equity is raised from retail and institutional investors, and can be used to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, make acquisitions, or to strengthen a balance sheet. 



Real-Estate Syndication

Real Estate Investing involves the purchase, ownership, management, rental and/or sale of real estate for profit. Improvement of realty property as part of a real estate investment strategy is generally considered to be a sub-specialty of real estate investing called real estate development. Real estate is an asset form with limited liquidity relative to other investments, it is also capital intensive and is highly cash flow dependent. 




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