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Introduction

 
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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

 
GENERAL QUESTIONS

  1. What makes ApecTec unique?
  2. How does ApecTec differ from a Venture Capital firm?
  3. Does ApecTec compete with Venture Capital firms?
  4. Where do you have a presence?

 
ENTREPRENEUR QUESTIONS

  1. As an entrepreneur, why should I consider using ApecTec?
  2. What other benefits can I expect?
  3. What are the specific advantages to North American Entrepreneurs in working with ApecTec?
  4. What is the LaunchPad?
  5. What types of investment opportunities will ApecTec consider?
  6. What about confidentiality?
  7. What does it mean to have my investment opportunities placed in Investor Paradise?
  8. How do I get my investment opportunities placed in Investor Paradise?
  9. What is the Portfolio?
  10. What other services can ApecTec help or arrange to provide if my company becomes a Portfolio Company?
  11. What is the application process to become an ApecTec Member Company?
  12. What are the specific advantages to Middle East and Asian Entrepreneurs in working with ApecTec?
  13. Can I just send my Investment Opportunity, Business Plan or Executive Summary?
  14. How is ApecTec rewarded for helping me?
  15. Does ApecTec invest?
  16. I am interested in having ApecTec help me. What is my next step?

 
INVESTOR QUESTIONS

  1. As an investor, why should I use ApecTec to help me locate investment opportunities?
  2. What are Member Investors?
  3. What is your screening process for startups?
  4. What qualifications do Member Investors need?
  5. How do Member Investors Benefit?
  6. What is Investor Paradise?
  7. What types of Investors does ApecTec help?
  8. Do your Member Companies have a minimum level of investment?
  9. As a Member Investor in Paradise, I do not want Member Companies contacting me directly. How do you prevent this?
  10. Besides continually re-visiting Investor Paradise on the web, do I have other alternative ways to receive information on investment opportunities?
  11. Does ApecTec guarantee compliance with securities regulations?
  12. I am interested in becoming an ApecTec Member Investor. What is my next step?

 
GENERAL QUESTIONS

 
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1. What makes ApecTec unique?

  • We focus on oil and gas investment opportunities, early stage and startups including reserve acquisition, land acquisition, joint venture interests, royalties, development drilling, service companies and manufacturers.

  • Besides our experience in investment in North America, the Middle East and Asia, we are entrepreneurs ourselves, and we are experienced in setting up, operating and financing oil and gas ventures. We can pass this experience on to entrepreneurs and investors.

  • Our partners in North America, the Middle East and Asia provide access to:
    • diversified sources of capital;
    • strategic relationship possibilities
    • gateways to stock exchanges in North America, the Middle East and Asia for later stage Member Companies.
  • ApecTec targets under-served oil and gas markets thereby avoiding intense competition in other markets.

 

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2. How does ApecTec differ from a Venture Capital Investment Banking firm?

Typically, Venture Capital Investment Banking firms raise capital from a variety of sources and they invest these funds in various investment opportunities. ApecTec allows each Investor to make their own independent investment decision and each Member Company can choose its investor-partners. Funds are invested directly into the Member Company from the Member Investor.

Furthermore, most Venture Capital firms are simply not prepared to offer Value Added Services.

 

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3. Does ApecTec compete with Venture CapitalInvestment Banking firms?

Traditionally, Venture Capital Investment Banking firms focus on providing capital and do not offer infrastructure, services, mentoring and guidance. We actually help Venture Capitalists find investment opportunities. Our focus is at the startup and seed capital level. Our target investment opportunities require up to $1,000,000; which is below the funding level of most Venture Capitalists. Most Venture Capitalists limit their seed stage investment, so angel investors are usually the best sources for seed capital.

We do however, help Member Companies, launch, and grow to the stage where they need additional financing from Venture Capitals and corporations.

 

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4. Where do you have a presence?

ApecTec has Principals, Advisors and Strategic Partners in various locations. As well, our Principals maintain a frequent travel schedule.

This permits us to arrange to meet you in various locations, once we have reviewed your application and made a preliminary assessment for your entry into Investor Paradise. We also make extensive use of video conferencing and communications technologies. In the near future we expect to have representatives or joint venture offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and in oil and gas centers in North America.

 


ENTREPRENEUR QUESTIONS

 
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1. As an entrepreneur, why should I consider using ApecTec?

ApecTec offers a cost effective, efficient way for oil and gas entrepreneurs to raise seed capital. How? We offer a marketplace for early stage financing by increasing exposure and demand for your specific investment opportunity.

We are unique as we combine needs of entrepreneurs and investors of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Canada and the United States. We understand differences between cultures and the way in which business is done in different parts of the world.

We are unique in that we have we have hands-on experience in investment banking and financing entrepreneurs and companies in the Middle East, Asia, Canada and the United States.

We are unique in that we are located in Calgary, Canada the home of the Canadian TSX Venture Stock Exchange ("TSX Venture Exchange"), a new stock exchange that allows firms access to North America and a potential gateway to NASDAQ in the US. This will be important for the companies we help seed and that grow quickly to the IPO stage, which provides additional fund raising capabilities and an exit strategy for investors.

Our objective is to help entrepreneurs raise seed stage financing from investors that provide much more than just money. Some of our Investors can provide experience, networking, marketing and specific industry knowledge. We save entrepreneurs time and money allowing them to focus on the most important aspects of their business.

 

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2. What other benefits can I expect?

Besides improved access to financing, we can help through providing Value Added Services to help launch and grow your business.

We can provide help and advice on the business models, financing strategies, and presentations to investors; we assist in finding investors and strategic partners who will provide support; and when you are ready, we can help you raise later stage capital. With presence in the Middle East, Asia and North America, we can provide a window on business and financing trends.

 

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3. What are the specific advantages to North American Entrepreneurs in working with ApecTec?

Besides North American funding, you will have access to capital from other countries.

You may wish to use the facilities of the Canadian TSX Venture Stock Exchange (TSX) as a less costly and quicker way to "Go Public" and as a stepping stone to senior exchanges.

 

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4. What is the LaunchPad?

The LaunchPad is a members-only, password-protected area of ApecTec's website. In the LaunchPad, entrepreneurs apply for membership and provide their Investment Opportunity or Business Plan Overview to attract the attention of oil and gas investors. Our Investors can provide significant value to startups since some have started and successfully grown their own technology firm. Many are well networked with business people that can help in public relations, financing, and in helping you expand your management team and board of directors.

 

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5. What types of companies will ApecTec consider?

The following are some key criteria:

  1. Stage of Development. ApecTec Investors are interested in oil and gas investment opportunities, joint ventures and companies at the seed stage of investment which show excellent growth potential.

  2. Management Team. We are looking for entrepreneurs who can demonstrate they have integrity and honesty, are completely dedicated and have good understanding of the specific investment opportunities they are proposing.

  3. Our Target Market. We are looking for entrepreneurs and startup companies who are seeking to raise initial financing of up to $1 million.

  4. Early Cash Flow and Investment Opportunity Business Plan. The investment opportunity or company's company's business plan should indicate how the company can produce early cash flow. Entrepreneurs must appreciate that wealth is first generated in the marketplace. The investment opportunity should also show how it will become profitable and provide investors good upside and a high rate of return on their investment (i.e. what's the bottom line).

  5. Unique Concept. ApecTec is seeking investment opportunities with unique concepts that can address unmet market needs.

  6. Technical Expertise. . ApecTec is seeking special investment opportunities or niche opportunities with a technical or other advantage which may prevent competitors from easily exploiting the same opportunity.

 

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6. What about confidentiality?

Many times, for example for competitive reasons, the Entrepreneur has people or organizations he/she may not want to invite into a specific investment opportunity.  This is best handled through confidential and personal interaction between the Entrepreneur and ApecTec, so that conflicts are avoided. ApecTec appreciates the sensitivities and need for confidentiality especially as it applies to the oil and gas industry. We will maintain confidentiality wherever needed.

Other entrepreneurs will not see your Investment Opportunity Profile, only Member Investors can see companies listed in Investor Paradise.

Should an entrepreneur have specific individuals or companies which he/she does not want his/her opportunity shown to, then we can oblige.

 

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7. What does it mean to have my investment opportunity or company placed in Investor Paradise?

Investor Paradise is the password-protected area of our website where our Investors can view investment opportunity or start up companies that we have accepted. From here we can effectively communicate the investment opportunity.

 

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8. How do I get my investment opportunity or company placed in Investor Paradise?

The first step is to obtain a password to LaunchPad. After entering, fill out the forms describing your investment opportunity. ApecTec then evaluates the information you have provided, and if it meets the needs of our Investors, you will be invited to join as a Member Investment Opportunity or Company.

 

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9. What is the Portfolio?

The Portfolio is our most selective list of investment opportunities, which most closely match the interests of our Investors. We invest a substantial amount of time (e.g. helping to build an effective marketing campaign, providing opportunities to market your investment opportunity to our network of investors), energy and potentially our own money with with investment opportunities or companies that are accepted, into the Portfolio.

We have a comprehensive due diligence assessment for all our Portfolio Companies.

When we decide to pursue an opportunity, our strategic and alliance partners who offer various services including infrastructure, may become involved in making a proposal to assist you.

 

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10. What other services can ApecTec help or arrange to provide?

Our strategy and services are designed to allow entrepreneurs to focus most of their efforts on their investment opportunity, rather than the many other aspects of building a company. This allows the entrepreneur to focus on his/her core business, which in turn can accelerate its time-to-market investment opportunities. Our services may also reduce the operating costs of associated companies due to the economies of scale created by our business network of strategic partners and alliances.

Besides our Value Added Services, we may provide access to our business relationships in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. These relationships may be both inside and outside our network and may include a wide variety of services.

 

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11. What is the application process to become an ApecTec Investment Opportunity Member Company?

In order that we offer the highest quality of investment opportunities to our Investors, our selection process is detailed and difficult but is fair.

Application Process:

  1. Submit Investment Opportunity or Company Overview
    After receiving your LaunchPad password, the entrepreneur completes a Investment Opportunity or Company Overview and submits it via our website. Upon receipt we will evaluate it and get back to the entrepreneur usually within 24 hours.

  2. Complete and Submit Detailed Application
    The next step is for the entrepreneur to complete a more detailed application, again in the password-protected area of LaunchPad. We use this document for completing commercial stage due diligence, reference checking, and technical evaluation.

  3. Meetings in Person, Conference Call or Video Conference
    This is the next step to better understand each other and discuss a business relationship.

  4. Membership
    If the entrepreneur's investment opportunities meet the criteria of our Investors and passes our evaluation phase, the entrepreneur will be invited to be a Investment Opportunity or Member Company. After agreements are signed, the entrepreneur becomes a Investment Opportunity or Member Company and can use our resources to pursue seed level financing.

 

 

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12. Can I just send my Investment Opportunity or Business Plan or Executive Summary?

Our Investors prefer viewing investment opportunities in a standard format, which we prepare from information provided.

 

 

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13. What are the specific advantages to Middle East and Asian Entrepreneurs in working with ApecTec?

If you are looking to some day in the future when you wish to "Go Public" on a North American Stock Exchange, then from the start, ApecTec can structure your firm from this perspective. On the other hand, if you are looking to perhaps "Go Public" in the Middle East or Asia, we can accommodate this as well. Remember that down the road, an exit strategy and liquidity will be a very important factor for you and your Investors.

ApecTec can offer you a North American presence right from the start. This will be important for market development and later stage financing as you will already be known to investors in the world's largest technology capital market.

You may wish to use the facilities of the Canadian TSX Venture Stock Exchange (TSX Venture Exchange) as a less costly and quicker way to "Go Public", and as a stepping stone to senior exchanges.

 

14.How is ApecTec rewarded for helping me?

We have no set fixed fees. If a company is accepted into the Portfolio, it compensates ApecTec after it has received funding.

 

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15. Does ApecTec invest?

Yes we will. Yes we will. However, the majority of funds come through our Investors - angel investors, private equity, venture capital firms, corporations and institutions.

ApecTec has affiliations with investment funds that may co-invest in Member Companies along with Investors. One fund invests at the very earliest stage seeking a small percentage in equity ownership at fair market value. This fund makes its investment decision before a company is posted in Paradise.

 

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16. I am interested in having ApecTec help me. What is my next step?

Oil and Gas Entrepreneurs can go to LaunchPad now and apply for membership.

 


INVESTOR QUESTIONS

 
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1. As an investor, why should I use ApecTec to help me locate oil and gas investment opportunities?

We help investors find pre-screened, high quality ground floor investment opportunities that match investor's specific interests. Most investors would not normally see or hear about the investment opportunities or startups we present.

We present these investment opportunities in a standardized format to help you evaluate them quickly, saving you time and money. Please see Member Investor Benefits.

Being experienced oil and gas investors ourselves, we relate to investors needs on rates of return, risk/reward, and liquidity and exit strategies.

 

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2. What are Member Investors?

Member Investors are high worth individuals, private equity, venture capital firms, institutions, or corporations. Some Member Investors wish to not only invest their money but may also believe that their personal involvement will help contribute to the success of the ventures. Unlike investors in venture capital funds, some Member Investors are ready to actively provide advice and guidance to the entrepreneur. Some of our Member Investors are well placed in the business community allowing them to add value, through their connections and experience.

 

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3. What is your screening process for investment opportunities and startups?

We employ a comprehensive screening process that involves the contributions of business, industry, and technical experts. We assess their ability to achieve commercial success and provide high rates of return and early cash flow. We believe there are several essential elements to successful startups including compelling concepts, strong, dedicated and driven management, technological expertise, competitive advantage and uniqueness.

Our screening procedures are designed to ensure that we maximize the number of opportunities we review and that we work in a rapid, efficient manner.

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4. What qualifications do Member Investors need?

Some Member Investors are entrepreneurs themselves and therefore know what it takes to start a business and make it succeed. Others are business leaders in industry, finance, or other businesses. Most Member Investors have one thing in common; they have worked hard for their money, they are familiar with risk and they know how to make money work hard for them. Their experience, advice, and contacts can be invaluable to entrepreneurs just starting out.

 

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5. How do Member Investors Benefit?

ApecTec provides ground floor investment opportunities along with the possibility of nurturing ideas into very successful companies. ApecTec helps reduce risk by applying a detailed screening process to help ensure investors need only consider high quality opportunities.

We continually review investment opportunities, business plans for their merit and select only a small number for presentation to our Member Investors. We then notify our Member Investors of investment opportunities that meet their investment criteria. We present these opportunities in a standard format to allow quick review. This saves Member Investors time and money.

You will be able to evaluate our database of business summaries that have been submitted to us electronically. This process will present you with additional business opportunities, market data, competitive analysis, trends, and access to third party research. Due to our activities in North America, the Middle East and Asia, you will interact across regions, benefiting from experience in other countries.

 

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6. What is Investor Paradise?

Investor Paradise is a password-protected area of our website only for the use of accepted members. Here, Member Investors can view investment opportunities in Member Companies which match their investment preferences.

 

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7. What types of Investors does ApecTec help?

Member Investors fall into the following categories:

  1. Angel Investors,Private Equity or High Net Worth Investors
  2. Venture Capital and Private Equity
  3. Corporate Investor (Private and Public Companies)
  4. Institutions

 

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8. Do your Investment Opportunities Member Companies have a minimum level of investment?

That decision is left to each company however, companies posted in Investor Paradise usually request a minimum of $50,000 to $100,000 per investor. In some cases however, the entrepreneur may be willing to accept smaller investments especially if the investor brings valuable expertise to the company.

 

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9. As a Member Investor in Paradise, I do not want Member Companies contacting me directly. How do you prevent this?

Member Investors control the release of information and their identity. We create an Investor Profile showing investment preferences. This Investor Profile is kept confidential and known only to ApecTec management.

 

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10. Besides continually re-visiting Investor Paradise on the web, do I have other alternative ways to receive information on investment opportunities?

Once Member Investors have completed their Investor Profile, we know their investment preferences and opportunities that interest them. With this, we can notify you by email, fax or phone.

 

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11. Does ApecTec guarantee compliance with securities regulations?

No, this is the responsibility of the entrepreneur. ApecTec encourages all parties to have appropriate legal counsel.

 

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12. I am interested in becoming an ApecTec Member Investor. What is my next step?

Investors can go to Investor Paradise now to apply to membership.

 

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