What is CapStart?
CapStart is a business services marketplace that matches companies, owners, management teams, CFOs, CEOs, etc. with intermediaries who compete for their business. CapStart also matches these groups with sources of capital. CapStart users receive personalized quotes offering competitive offers and services.
What is CapStart Selling?
CapStart uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to guide business owners through the M&A Advisor identification, interview, and hiring process. Leveraging years of behavioral data and relationships across the platform, we help you choose the right advisor for your business. The goals are clear: maximize value and maximize certainty.
What happens to the information I provide?
All information you provide is completely confidential. None of your information will be shared or sold.
Why are CapStart Network Advisors the best?
Choosing the right M&A Advisor should not be left up to chance. CapStart’s program was created to arm business owners and executives with the information needed to make confident advisor hiring decisions.
- The process begins with a brief survey to better understand your transaction priorities and goals.
- We use that information to create a short list of advisor candidates who best fit the needs of your business, from a pool of thousands of qualified candidates.
- Your identity and information will remain 100% private and confidential at all times.
Our proprietary, quantitative assessment test and qulitative test which assesses their knowledge and process.
Where are Capstart Advisors located?
The financial advisors in our network are located all over the country including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Scottsdale, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Atlanta and more! Many Capstart network advisors also work remotely, regardless of your location.
What makes CapStart matching different?
The difference between CapStart and platforms is that we focus on quality over quantity. Instead of simply focusing on location, Capstart´s vetting process begins with an extensive review and ends with you receiving a selection curated just for you. We take the guesswork out of it. We don’t send you a list of 20 advisors for you to trawl through and match yourself. By leveraging technology you are not left on your own to decide if an advisor is competent and the ideal match.
How do I get matched with an Advisor?
By completing our “Questionnairer” form, including your company and contact details, our algorithm will provide you with the most suitable advisors for your need.
How much does being matched cost?
Our matching service is free of charge. You as a client do not pay for CapStarts services at all. All fees and expenses are those of the advisor you choose.
How long does it normally take to find the perfect advisor?
Instantly. Our unique algorithm matches your financial situation, preferences, and requirements with the ideal advisor immediately. Once you have been matched with your advisor, you can schedule directly into their calendar or start chatting with them via email.
How is CapStart paid?
CapStart advisors only pay CapStart if the prospective client decides to hire them and there is a successful outome. We belive everyone must achieve their goals - a win/win. This way, CapStart “walks the walk;” as we do not receive compensation from an advisor unless it is a successful match!
Why would the advisor pay CapStart?
Great advisors don’t want to be sales people. On average, advisors spend 30% to 50% of their time searching for potential clients. That time could be better spent servicing their existing clients. Advisors love working with CapStart because the potential clients we send them are the right fit.
When do I pay for the advisor’s service?
You only pay the advisor once you have agreed to work with them and per the terms of your engagement letter. We do not get involved in the terms. We are here to offer advice on market terms and provide data. Up until that stage, the service is totally free.
What is CapStart Loans?
CapStart uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to allow corporate borrowers benefit from data-driven algorithms & transaction experts to find the best lender with the best terms for their credit needs. The days of calling friends, lawyers and others are over. CapStart reaches across the country to thousands of lenders and lender groups searching for your deal. Borrowers used to spend weeks calling the wrong lenders. Lenders frequently wasted time on opportunities that didn’t align with their target profile. Now the two can be matched using data driven algorithms and technology enabled services. Move beyond a few local lenders and discover financing options you never knew were possible. We have what we believe is the largest network anywhere, so, we offer more loan options than anyone else. We also have simple application and a proprietary algorithm that matches you to the best loans for your business – and a team of personal funding managers who can walk you through your options and help you choose the perfect one.
Is CapStart a direct lender?
CapStart does not act as a direct lender. Instead, we are an intermediary, locating the best alternative(s) we can find in the marketplace given your current financial situation.
What kind of fees will I have to pay to complete a financing?
You will pay fees to CapStart only if you secure a loan. CapStart’s fee is due at the closing of the financing out of proceeds. CapStart charges no up-front fees or retainer or other fees or expenses unless you succeed. As a result, we perform a complete financial review of your situation at our own expense to determine whether or not we can find an effective financing for you. Our fees are simply 2.0% of the total financing (depending on size and type of the financing). For instance, any loan over $1M is 2.0%. The fees of financing institutions also depend on the type of financing. You agree to pay us out of the proceeds of the financing at the closing. In most cases, these payments are made directly from the lender to us as part of the closing process.
How long will it take to put a financing in place?
The amount of time to complete a financing depends wholly on your current financial situation, the amount of capital needed and the type of financing which best meets your goals.
What if no lenders are interested in making a loan to me?
It is very unusual for us to be unable to find a lender for a company which we choose to take on as a client. If this should occur, however, no fee is due to CapStart. We work on helping you achieve your financing goals as long as it takes. That is our commitment to our clients.
What if I do not like the financing alternatives presented to me?
You are not required to accept any financing put forward by CapStart. And if you do not accept a financing, we are owed no fee. Before beginning the placement process, we endeavor to determine the type and costs of a financing that are acceptable to you. We are very straightforward about what is and is not possible in the financing marketplace. Thus, you will know ahead of time what we think is possible, and we will know what you should find acceptable.
What are the steps involved in obtaining financing from CapStart?
The first step is our detailed review of your financial situation often including preparation of our Financial Options Report, based on your Financial Information. Based on this review, either CapStart will suggest a financing approach along with a working arrangement or we will tell you that we cannot be of any help, given your current financial situation. A typical financing follows this Financing Process.
What kind of working arrangement will I have with CapStart?
Because we charge no up-front fees, CapStart requires an exclusive contract be signed prior to beginning further work on your financing, after we complete our initial review. The usual term of the contract is 90 days. CapStart is entitled to a fee for any financing originated by any party or closed during the term of the contract. Your financing is assigned to one of the senior people in our company who is responsible for communications with the lenders on the terms and conditions of their financing proposals to produce the most competitive offers.
Why should I deal with CapStart which is not a direct lender?
Based on our daily interactions in the lending marketplace, CapStart has extensive knowledge of the universe of lenders and providers of liquidity. Our reputation for supplying deals that fit their lending criteria means that lenders respond rapidly to our requests for expressions of interest in a deal, shortening the time it takes to close the financing. Our selected lenders usually present you with more options on terms than you are likely to be able to develop yourself. For example, our lenders often provide more borrowing availability than a local bank on the same set of assets.