How To Invest in a Business

Whether it is for financial returns, strategic value or pure passion , investing in businesses has always been an exciting pursuit. Private lenders and Private Equity firms invest in businesses purely for the financial return. But on the other hand, a strategic investor would invest mainly because of the expected synergies between his company and the investee company.
We understand that analysing business opportunities is different for each investor and the best way to go about this is to directly connect with the business owner to understand his business , products/services, background and investment plans.
SMERGERS provides a secure platform to connect with various pre-qualified business investment opportunities
Today
REGISTER AND CONNECT WITH BUSINESSES
Explain your requirements and background in a clear manner. Shortlist businesses which match your requirements and express your interest to connect with them.
Tomorrow
PROFILE ACTIVATION & INTRODUCTIONS
SMERGERS reviews your profile and activates it. You will be introduced to the businesses you have connected with and can connect with further businesses based on our recommendations.
By Last Week of December
INITIAL DISCUSSIONS
You can contact businesses directly to have initial discussions. Use our proprietary rating system to evaluate these businesses and their valuations.
By First Week of January
RECEIVE DOCUMENTS
You may have to sign a NDA to receive further information such as Information Memorandum, Financials and Valuation from the Business
By March
DUE DILIGENCE & CLOSURE
If the business and investment terms are suitable, issue a Term Sheet. Appoint due diligence advisors for cross-checking information. After due diligence is completed, make the investment.
Today
REGISTER AND CONNECT WITH BUSINESSES
Explain your requirements and background in a clear manner. Shortlist businesses which match your requirements and express your interest to connect with them.
Tomorrow
PROFILE ACTIVATION & INTRODUCTIONS
SMERGERS reviews your profile and activates it. You will be introduced to the businesses you have connected with and can connect with further businesses based on our recommendations.
By Last Week of December
INITIAL DISCUSSIONS
You can contact businesses directly to have initial discussions. Use our proprietary rating system to evaluate these businesses and their valuations.
By First Week of January
RECEIVE DOCUMENTS
You may have to sign a NDA to receive further information such as Information Memorandum, Financials and Valuation from the Business
By March
DUE DILIGENCE & CLOSURE
If the business and investment terms are suitable, issue a Term Sheet. Appoint due diligence advisors for cross-checking information. After due diligence is completed, make the investment.
Note: Illustrative timeline shown above. Actual timelines may vary depending on industry attractiveness, business preparedness and valuation expectations.
 
Select Investor Plan
Based on how many businesses you would like to connect with and evaluate, select one of the plans below


  • Basic Plan

    Free


    • Basic Investor Profile
    • 2 Introductions
    • Lifetime Validity

    Select Plan

  • Active Plan

    USD 85


    • Premium Investor Profile
    • 10 Introductions
    • Lifetime Validity
    • Metrics Of All Businesses
    • View Contact Details
    • View Business Name
    • Email Support

    Select Plan

  • Professional Plan

    USD 335


    • Premium Investor Profile
    • Unlimited Introductions
    • 1 Year Validity
    • Metrics Of All Businesses
    • View Contact Details
    • View Business Name
    • Email Support

    Select Plan

Note: All plans have access to Investor Dashboard and the ability to connect with businesses which send you a proposal without any charges.


Frequently
Asked
Questions

  • What happens after profile creation?
    Once your profile is live, members from across the world can view it on a "no name" basis. Interested members will contact you and you can contact members who are of interest to you. After an introduction happens you could disclose your identity. Please ensure that your expectations are not unrealistic as this is the major reason why deals don't close.
  • How do I get started on SMERGERS’ online platform?

    It's fairly simple to get started on SMERGERS. All you need to do is create a profile with your requirements and once activated, relevant members will start connecting with you. 

    Are you a Business Owner? If you are a business owner trying to connect with investors or acquirers, please register your business on SMERGERS so that investors and acquirers can start evaluating your business and connect with you if they are interested. 

    Are you an Investor / Acquirer? On the other hand, if you want to invest or acquire businesses, please register as an investor, shortlist businesses using the filters on this page and connect with them.

    Are you a Financial Advisor / Business Broker? If you are a financial advsior / business broker and want to explore buy and sell side opportunities for your clients, please register as an advisor here.

    Are you looking for Franchise Partners? If you are looking for franchisee partners for growing your business you can register your franchise here. 

    Once you register, the assigned analyst will get in touch with you over phone to curate and activate your profile so you can get started. You can also view the video here to see how easy it is to buy / sell / franchise your business on SMERGERS.

  • What are the professional services you provide for businesses?

    SMERGERS believes in direct communication between businesses and prospective investors/acquirers as most deals which close successfully are based on the relationship which the parties develop during such interactions. Nevertheless, there are several ancillary services which would provide a professional approach to such transactions. Under the professional plan, SMERGERS assists you with the below services:

    1. SMERGERS works with you to build a business valuation model with financial projections. To know more about the process please refer to: Process of creating a business valuation.

    2. SMERGERS helps you create a Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) document highlighting your business. To know more about the same, please refer to: What is a CIM.

    3. SMERGERS conducts promotional marketing of your business through targeted emails. To know more about the same, please refer to: How to check promotions by SMERGERS?

    4. SMERGERS assigns an Account Manager who acts as your single point of contact for any discussions and clarifications. To know more about the roles and responsibilities of the account manager, please refer to: Roles & Responsibilities of an Account Manager.

    5. Your profile is showcased as Premium Profile on SMERGERS with unlimited proposal credits and a validity of one year. To know more about proposal credits, please refer to: What is a proposal credit?

    Kindly note, even under the professional plan, once an introduction has been made it is up to the business to take the discussions forward with prospective investors/acquirers and these documents are only meant to be assistive in the course of such interactions. 

  • Does SMERGERS offer a discount on subscription plans?

    SMERGERS does not provide any seasonal discounts. The pricing is as per what you see on the website. Only on subscription renewals, we offer discounts for a limited period of time which will be informed to you over email. Kindly ensure you renew within the stipulated time to avail the same.

  • How can I avail your services?
    All our services are modular and deliverables driven. You can pick any service you want independently. To make things simple, we have bundled some of these services as a package.
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