In a career spanning 20 years, Alkarim Jivraj has helped raise over $1 billion for more than 100 early stage and growing technology companies. And as CEO of Espresso Capital, he's bringing a new form of investment to the Canadian market.
"Mezzanine capital is relatively uncomplicated, user-friendly, medium risk, and medium term." says Jivraj. "It's a well-known form of financing in the US, and we're making it a viable option here."
Benefits like a quick approval turnaround, flexibility in payment options, and the absence of covenants and warrants makes Espresso's offering popular. As a consequence, Jivraj hears a lot of pitches - which makes him a wonderful source of wisdom for anyone hoping to create a more powerful pitch.
I had the opportunity to chat with Jivraj on what he finds invaluable in a pitch. If you're crafting your own investment pitch, his thoughts are well worth considering.