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If you have a question or suggestion that you would like to see posted to our FAQ, please contact us at at partners@northcoastvc.com.


1. Do you invest in start up or seed stage opportunities?

    Yes.
2. Do you invest in leveraged buyouts or similar special situations?
    No.
3. Does my company have to go public in order for it to fit your investment strategy?
    No. We typically seek to exit an investment within three to five years of the initial investment. Though an initial public offering is a potential exit vehicle, we often target situations where a successful exit may take the form of a merger or acquisition by a strategic partner or a recapitalization of the company by its original founders.
4. Do I give up management control?
    No. We usually make minority investments. Our objective is to back strong managers and entrepreneurs.
5. Do you sign Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreements?
    Although we approach confidentiality with sensitivity, we do not sign Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreements.
6. Do you co-invest with other investors?
    Yes. We think co-investing or syndicating with other investors is smart. It can often bring added resources and perspectives to our portfolio companies.
7. Do you require a detailed business plan?
    To begin a dialog, we prefer to see an executive summary of up to five pages of your business plan. If there is mutual interest, we will subsequently discuss your complete business plan with you in detail as part of our evaluation process.
8. How long does it take for you to make an investment decision?
    Three months.
9. How does the evaluation process work? 10. What legal form does your investment take?
    Our investments usually take the form of preferred stock.