In monthly evening sessions the forum evaluates the smart real estate investments business plans of companies accepted for presentation during 60- to 90-minute segments in which no holds are barred. The format allows each presenter 20 minutes to summarize a business plan orally. Each panelist reviews the written business plan in advance of the sessions. Then each of four panelists—who are venture capitalists, bankers, marketing specialists, successful entrepreneurs, MIT professors, or other experts—spends five to ten minutes assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the plan and the enterprise and suggesting improvements. Before you present your idea to investors, understand that you should view them as business partners. Working with like-minded individuals is best. Investors with a large enough stake in your company will ensure their voice is valued — especially when equity is on the table. Investor partnerships can be advantageous, but they can also be detrimental if forged on the wrong values.