Some angel networks charge fees to apply for funding. What do you charge?
We don’t charge anything to apply for funding and will let you know quickly if we think you’re a fit for our network.
Are you a broker or an investment fund?
No. Ambassadors Impact Network is a business association that facilitates connection and communication of faith-driven entrepreneurs to like-minded investors. We enable funding and the advancement of entrepreneurs whose faith convictions may be a potential roadblock to securing funding from secular investors. AIN is not a broker and does not charge fees for its services. AIN is not a venture fund and does not invest its own capital. Any and all investment decisions are made by AIN members on an individual basis.
How do you handle confidential information from companies?
We are extremely protective of your company and personal information. We recognize that many companies we fund may be run by entrepreneurs whose faith may subject them to extreme opposition or even oppression in parts of the world. While we most often do not execute non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, each member has been reference checked and has signed a commitment to maintain confidentiality of all nonpublic company information to which they have access. Except for the Funding Application on this site, information or files you submit are shared to network members via a secure platform that is never linked to our website. Further, we will not publish that our network has facilitated funding of your company without your express permission.
What types of information do you ask about from companies later in the process?
Throughout the application process, we will request additional information regarding finances, business operations, partnerships, management background, and social and spiritual impact metrics.
Why do you only fund Christian-led companies?
We recognize that investments led by those with other or no faith convictions have and do generate significant financial returns with great social impact. And since many others recognize this, almost every angel network and financial investment platform facilitates funding of business led without respect to the faith of the business leaders. Our experience indicates that Christian entrepreneurs who boldly live out their faith run into roadblocks from investors. Further, these entrepreneurs face unique challenges as they seek to balance profit, business excellence, God’s environmental mandate, and Jesus’ example of care. Our network of executives, investors, and entrepreneurs offer help in the face of these unique challenges.
Where can I get a list of your members?
We don’t provide lists of our network members. If you apply for funding, you will likely meet many of them. Collectively our network members have been investing for over 380 years, made more than 550 private investments, served on nearly 150 boards, gone on many mission trips, and seek to be winsome witnesses of the love of Jesus.
What is your whole application process?
Funding application submission process (about 3 weeks):
Contact Ambassadors Impact Network and provide details about your company by completing the initial funding application form here.
We will have a quick call to speak with you and confirm if we’d be a good fit for your company’s funding needs.
We will email you a funding application for you to fill out and return to us.
Upon receipt, our intake committee will confirm completeness and review your funding application.
If we think there is a good fit with your company, an intake committee member will set up an hour call to learn more.
Within a week, an intake committee member will notify if you’ve been selected for the investment committee process.
Investment committee process (about 3 weeks):
Investment committee and network members review company materials submitted and aggregate areas for further diligence or discussion, which are conveyed to the company’s management team. Subsequent calls with management will occur during this time period to prepare the company for presentation to the wider network.
We will host a telephone call, video conference, or in-person meeting for the company to present to all interested Network members.
Network members indicate anticipated funding levels, and if participation is high enough, the management team is notified.
Funding committee process (about 2 weeks):
Our funding committee will finalize legal review of funding documents and work with you to confirm you have the appropriate documentation.
Our members invest directly in the company. Note that investors and the company will be communicating directly with each other during this funding stage. The company is responsible for communicating with these individual investors and responding to their questions.
Engagement committee (post-investment):
If we invest, we are committed to your long-term success. An Network member will serve as your connection to our network, providing spiritual encouragement, business assistance, and ongoing mentorship to understand the company’s progress. In some cases, a Network member will serve as a board member, board observer, or advisor.