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MAINE INVESTMENT EXCHANGE (MIX)

What is MIX?
The Maine Investment Exchange (MIX) was created in 1996 by Maine & Company and is supported by private businesses throughout Maine . The organization was established to provide forums for qualified entrepreneurs* seeking risk capital to make formal presentations to providers of risk capital. This provides an opportunity for qualified entrepreneurs to meet potential investors. 

Since its inception in December 1996, MIX has conducted 18 forums where 100 companies have made presentations to average audiences of 60 or more people. The attendees consist of angel investors, venture capitalists, bankers, attorneys, accounting firms and consultants. It is estimated that 15%-20% of the presenters have received funding, directly or indirectly, as a result of the MIX forums. 
 
 
Participation:
To Present - Entrepreneurs must submit an Application Form , two copies of their business plan, and an executive summary. A complete set of financials must accompany the business plan, including two years of historical and three years of pro forma. The executive summary and business plan must be submitted electronically and the application must be mailed accompanied by a $50 non-refundable fee. The application packages are reviewed by the MIX board, and selected applicants are invited to make a 10-minute presentation at a MIX forum. If selected to present, the applicant is required to pay an additional $200 fee. Presenting companies are invited to exhibit their products and literature at tables adjacent to the presentation area. Time is provided before and after the formal session for networking with investors. 

Key Criteria to Present:

  1. Clarity and thoroughness of Executive Summary and Business Plan.
  2. Growth potential of the venture.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of the customer and marketplace.
  4. Reasonable investment opportunity.
  5. Exit strategy.
  6. Potential for interstate and/or global commerce
     
 
 
Program Results:

Since its inception in December 1996, MIX has conducted 18 forums where 100 companies have made presentations to average audiences of 60 or more people. The attendees consist of angel investors, venture capitalists, bankers, attorneys, accounting firms and consultants. It is estimated that 15%-20% of the presenters have received funding, directly or indirectly, as a result of the MIX forums. 

Read more about MIX here.

 


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