Writing an Investment Proposal Letter [Free Samples]

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People who need money to begin a business or other venture may send an investment proposal letter that is intended to get the attention of investors and convince them to invest in the venture. 

A well thought-out and written investment proposal letter may bring the investors running and demanding to discuss the venture further. 

Some points that should be considered when a person writes a proposal letter are:

  1. The proposal should make a confident pitch that sounds like the venture will make money. Even during a recession, investors are looking for ways to make money, and if the proposal sounds like it will, they will be interested.
  2. The letter should be clearly and simply stated. Even if the opportunity for investment is really good, if the letter is complicated with too much detail, it most probably will not be considered. Simple words are better than acronyms or jargon.
  3. The letter should clearly state what business sector the venture is in. For example, people may think Google is in the software sector, but it is actually in the advertising sector because most of its revenue comes from advertising.
  4. The proposal should clearly express the funding requirements and how the money will be spent. It should state how much money is needed and why. These are questions an investor will ask, and it’s a good idea to have the answers right in front of him. 
  5. If the person writing the letter has special education, experience or skills that will help make the venture a success, they should mention it. If they don’t, but their management team does, they should mention it. If there is nothing to mention, it can be avoided for now.
  6. The letter can mention if the venture idea has global appeal.
  7. The letter can give information on the return on investment and when the investor can expect to see it. 

Before writing the letter, the details of the business need to be completely thought out. This may mean creating a business plan

The letter should not be based on hopes and dreams, but on hard facts that show the investment will be profitable.

If the person is seeking a very large investment, they should organize the letter with an introduction, description of the investment, the terms of the investment, the expected returns, a contingency plan and the financial projections on a spreadsheet. 

They also need to include in the letter:

  1. The full terms of the investment contract
  2. An exact description of the uses of the money with lists and budgets
  3. The expected results of the investment
  4. The distribution of income or profits
  5. Any other investors and how much they invested

It is recommended by investment experts to include something the investor should do at the end of the letter. 

For example, express the desire to meet the investor in person, give contact numbers and request a meeting at their convenience or offer further information on request. 

Here are sample investment proposal letters for a small business. It should be sent by certified post, so the sender has a record of the time it was sent and received. All enclosures should be copies. No original documents should be sent.

Sample 1 – Investment Proposal Letter

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code

DATE

Name of Investor
Address of Investor
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Cover letter for a loan to open a baking business

Dear Name of Investor,

It has been brought to my attention that you are a strong investor in local businesses. I have been told of several businesses that got their start with your backing.

 At present, I am running a baking business from my home, but the demand for my cakes has become much more than I expected, and I would like to expand my business.

I sell my homemade cakes to local restaurants. They are basically chocolate cakes that are vegan and gluten-free, but they are so tasty, everyone enjoys them. Restaurants are happy to be able to offer this option, and I have been asked to supply a national chain of restaurants.

I have been told by several restaurant owners that many of their patrons return just for a piece of my cake. I have made several other pastries that have been appreciated too. 

I believe I can create a smoothly run business that would give substantial financial benefit to us both if I had the funds to pay two full-time employees and buy some equipment. My business would require a mixing machine and bigger ovens.

I have enclosed a simple brochure that shows what I am doing now as well as a business plan for expanding. 

I would like to meet you and give you more information about my venture as well as one of my cakes. I can be reached anytime at 555-123-4567 or at name@email.com.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Signature
Your Name
List of enclosures such as a brochure or business plan

Sample 2 – Investment Proposal Letter

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code

DATE

Name of Investor
Address of Investor
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Cover letter for a loan to open a coffee shop

Dear Name of Investor:

This is a formal letter to accompany my request for a small business loan. I have worked in Name of Coffee Shop at ADDRESS for the past five years. 

The first four years I worked part-time while I finished my degree in business administration, and the last year I worked there full-time as the manager. 

It is my aim to open my own coffee shop at ADDRESS near the Techno Park. There is no coffee shop in this area and my market research shows that a good coffee shop would be a success. 

I have secured the location on the main road into the Park and all of the government certificates and permission to open the shop. 

I have also received a certificate of approval from the health department. My aim is to open the shop on DATE, but I do not have the funds to finish fitting out the interior. I plan to seat 20 in a relaxing and stylishly designed environment.

I will serve freshly brewed coffee from 6am – 8pm six days a week and closed on Sundays from beans supplied by my vendors at Brazil Coffee Beans. 

I also plan to serve homemade cake and cookies from a local vendor that also has restaurant permission certificates. 

My friends and family have provided half of the amount I need, and I have purchased the coffee-making equipment. I am requesting you to give the other half, which is AMOUNT.

I hope all of your questions are answered in my formal proposal. If not, I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address. I am hoping for a favorable reply soon. Thank you for taking the time to consider my proposal.

Sincerely,

Signature
Your Name
Enclosed: Formal business plan and proposal

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