A Different Kind of Venture Group!

Since our inception in 2016 we have committed our minds and our resources to build a high performance startup portfolio that is second to none.

“Without early-stage investors – Angels, the startup ecosystem will not be able to sustain itself. Angels Capital ultimately build businesses and create jobs. Period”

A Boutique Angel Capital Group!

CitySide Ventures is a driven venture group comprised of experienced business builders, die-hard serial entrepreneurs, founders, disrupters, innovators, and technologists. we are more than just traditional investors, we are willing to look deeper, wider and bigger.
We know what it takes to raise capital, we have created an innovative process that go from Pitch-To-Funding in 60 days. Through our syndicated capital approach, our own Birmingham Angels and Great Lakes Angels Fund (GLAF). We make decision lightning fast.

 

538

STARTUPS REVIEWED

82

STARTUPS SELECTED

34

STARTUPS FUNDED

2780000

CAPITAL INVESTED

224

JOBS CREATED

Our Funding Platform

BIRMINGHAM ANGELS 

Angel Fund / Pre-Seed – Seed Capital

Birmingham Angels  is an equity-based Angel syndication created to fund and grow early stage, tech-based companies.

GREAT LAKES ANGELS FUND

Angel Fund / Pre-Seed – Seed Capital

Great Lakes Angels Fund is an equity-based Angel Fund created to fund and grow early stage, tech-based companies.

BLUE OCEAN VENTURE FUND

Large Seed Capital – to Smaller Series A 

An equity-based Venture Capital Fund that was created to fund and grow second stage, Michigan-based technology companies.

CITYSIDE CAPITAL NETWORK

Venture Growth Capital to Series B – D

With a large network of venture and  syndicated partners we ensure our portfolio of companies will not run out of gas.

Our Primary Industry Focus

OUR INVESTMENT PLATFORM SOLE FOCUS IS TO IDENTIFY AND FUND SCALABLE TECH COMPANIES IN A VARIETY OF STAGES, INDUSTRIES, AND MARKET VERTICALS. WE HOLD OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES TO A HIGH LEVEL OF INTEGRITY AND IF YOUR COMPANY IS LEGAL, MORALLY, AND ETHICALLY SOUND, WE ARE READY TO EXPLORE!

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AUTOMOTIVE & MOBILITY

[.02]

SaaS – B2B / B2C / B2B2C / B2H / O2O

[.03]

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

[.04]

MEDICAL TECH & TELEHEALTH

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AGRICULTURAL & FOOD TECH

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FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY

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TECHNOLOGY IN MOTION – TIM

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BLOCKCHAIN SOFTWARE & BCaaS

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ARTIFICIAL  INTELEGENCE – AI / AIaaS

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DIGITAL MEDIA &

INTELLIGENT COMMERCE

The startup profile we are looking for?

Not all startups are the same we are lookingf or the top 1%

[01]. Scalable Tech

Technology based startups with innovative technology that passed the Proof of Concept stage that has the potential to scale globally.  This should be confirmed with data or by objective experts.  A comprehensive business plan has been developed to commercialize the technology.

[02]. Capital Efficient

Demonstrate their ability to be nimble and capital efficient in deploying and managing capital.  A financially responsible founder(s) and management team that is resourceful and strategic with their Capital spending, treat and guards the investors money as their own capital.

[03]. Profitable Revenue

A scalable business model that can demonstrate how high gross margins and consistent cash flow growth will be achieved. Developed reasonable financial projections – including an income statement, cash flow and balance sheet and supporting spreadsheets – based on logical and realistic assumptions.

[04]. Capital Needs

Tech based startups that are raising their Pre-Seed to Seed stage funding with a round size of $1M-$2M with valuation range of $6-$8M preferably (in rare occasions we will go higher) . Investment on an Equity (Priced) Round or Convertible Note preferably, No SAFE not please.

[05]. Management Team

At least one full time founder. We look for founders(s) and teams that are passionate, driven, professional and coachable.  Past business experience an be an advantage in our selection process. Teams must be ready and open to work with advisors and/or a Board of Directors in a collaborative environment.

[06]. Protected IP

A clear and well defined and outlined Intellectual Property  strategy in place and that the current company intellectual property is protected or in filing stage. IP based on exhaustive search has been performed to ensure no patents or trademarks, held by others, are infringed upon.

[07]. Market Scope & Size

A Market Ready startup. A proven best market fit, the projected spending in the product category is a fast growing. Your market segment is identified and  proven there is a noticeable demand for the proposed solution. Preferable potential customers in the pipeline or pilot programs in play.

[08]. Competition

The competitive landscape is clear. Potential competitors are identified, and the company demonstrates a clear unfair competitive advantage and understanding of the company’s differentiation points.  The barriers to entry are identified and there is a well defined strategy to execute

[09]. Exit Strategy

As part of the overall strategy, the company developed  and defined a clear 3-5 years exit strategy and identify the potential buyers.  Looking for startups  that are well positioned to enable the early-stage Angel investors to generate a return of at least 10X their initial investment.

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