The Startup Ecosystem™ DealIQ™ Toolset

Startup EcoSystem™ reduces early-stage investment failure and fatigue by converting best practices into data, and data into efficient, deeply insightful tools that facilitate quickly funding new ventures and safeguarding the outcomes for both founders and investors.

The Startup EcoSystem™ DealIQ™ Toolset combines the definitive startup and early-stage evaluation tools from Startup Ecosystem™ including ROI Waterfall™, Team DNA™, and DealIQ™. Alone, or when used together the DealIQ™ Toolset helps eliminate the too often “black box” mystery associated with considering and evaluating requests for funding from startups and early-stage businesses as they seek funding to bring their ideas forward to create a successful business.

The Startup Ecosystem™ DealIQ™ Toolset

    • ROI Waterfall™
    • Team DNA™
    • DealIQ™ and DealIQ™ Lite

ROI Waterfall Model

ROI Waterfall™

Makes true capital planning achievable and prevents cap table disasters by helping CEOs and CFOs test their capital raising assumptions. In a fraction of the time it normally takes, forecasts returns for each class of investor, from start-to-exit, with unlimited scenarios for future raises & terms.

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Startup Ecosystem™ Team DNA™

Team DNA™

Entrepreneurial trait Insights revealed with Team DNA™

  • Achievement motivation: High scorers need for achievement is positively linked to business success.
  • Innovativeness: High scores are indicative of one who aims to introduce new and useful ideas, processes or products.
  • Initiative: High scores are self-starters that overcome barriers to achieve goals.
  • Self-efficacy: High scorers believe in their capabilities to organize and execute courses of action required to manage prospective situations.

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Startup Ecosystem™ DealIQ™ Resolve and Understand the Deal


DealIQ™ is a survey that when combined with the Startup EcoSystem™ LLM of early-stage and startup funding success produces a report for the benefit of Founders (funding applicants) and Investors (angels, early-stage investors, accelerators, or incubators) with a reliable evaluation as to how ready the proposed offering or “deal” is for funding.

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The Evolution of the Angel Funding Environment

Angel investment remains the primary funding source for startup and early-stage businesses in the Startup Ecosystem™. However, the rapid growth of angel investing has led to an influx of investors and a diluted market. As a result, finding quality investments that offer accelerated growth requires dedicated effort and long-term commitment. Being an ROI-positive angel investor can no longer be treated as a hobby. Without the necessary level of commitment, investors are likely to face challenges and fail to achieve significant returns on investment.

What is the Key to Success for Angel Investment and Founders?

Identifying the most qualified deals for the benefit of Founders and Investors necessitates thorough due diligence from potential investors, while Founders must actively participate in providing hard data to address due diligence inquiries. Startup Ecosystem™ offers a secure member access deal flow management platform, complemented by the Startup Ecosystem™ DealIQ report, enhancing efforts to yield high-value outcomes that mutually benefit both Investors and Founders.

What is Angel Investing?

Angel investing is a type of private equity investing, in which high-net-worth investors attempt to earn higher returns by taking on more risk compared with investing in the public markets. Angel investors, or “seed” investors, are wealthy individuals who invest their personal capital into startup companies during the early stages of development, receiving an ownership stake in return.

They provide up to 90% of outside equity raised by startups (excluding friends and family), according to the Angel Capital Association. Entrepreneurs rely on the support of angel investors to help get their business concept off the ground.

Angel investors can be accomplished entrepreneurs themselves, and may have expertise or experience in the industry they’re investing in. They can bring guidance, networking, and knowledge to the startup company in addition to their capital investment.

Besides nurturing startups and new business ideas, angel investors are also looking for their investment to grow and pay off significantly down the road. This means they may keep close tabs on the startup’s affairs and become involved in decision-making to ensure their invested capital is used appropriately.

Angel investing is a risky business for the angel investor and usually represents no more than 10% of an angel investor’s portfolio. An angel investor may be hands-off or get deeply involved in the early stages.

From: Angel Investing: What It Is and How to Start – NerdWallet