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9 Tips to get funded by Angel Investors

Contents You should create a business plan that emphasizes your sustainable competitive advantage. You should accept the fact that having “a good idea” is often not enough to raise capital from private investors, and you should do your homework to provide “proof of concept” for your venture. You should understand that raising capital requires an expenditure of capital. You should identify and contact angels who are suitable for you. You should recognize that industry experience is valuable and important to ...

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Why Investors Aren’t Calling You Back

Entrepreneurs are constantly befuddled by how an investor would choose one deal over another to review or invest in. The refrain pretty much looks like this: “What?! How can that investor possibly invest in {Insert Undeserving Name} when my company is far more attractive?” The truth is there are lots of potential reasons for these decisions, but it’s important to understand what the landscape looks like, and how your deal stacks up to others. It’s Kind Of like a Dating ...

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Equity Financing Stages for Startups

It is rarely possible for startups to raise sufficient capital to kick-start their operations, launch products and break even. Although a ‘one-time investment’ strategy is theoretically possible, it is hard to cite examples of any successful startup that has gone this route. Moreover, most angel investors and venture capitalists prefer to fund startups in steps. This practice helps investors assess the value of the company and minimize the startup risk. Therefore, entrepreneurs should articulate their investment requirements, while keeping in ...

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How Can I Get Angels To Invest In My Company?

How can I get angels to invest in my company? Angels are private investors who look for promising new companies to invest their money in. Generally they invest in businesses close to where they live and there are many local angel groups in many areas. They are investors with their own money who are looking for promising businesses to help start up for an equity in the business. They usually want to have an exit plan once the company is ...

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10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Investment

When to say “no” to investors. You may think that when someone offers you money to fund your startup, you should find a way to take their money. But even more important than landing an investment offer is knowing when to say yes to investors and when to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Just because someone has money doesn’t mean they have the knowledge to help you grow your business. And that’s what I mean by “dumb money”—I’m a firm ...

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The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Think of the elevator pitch as an executive summary that provides a quick overview of your business and details why you are going to be successful. Here are ...

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Seeking Investors for your Startups – Points to Note

Seeking Investors for your Startups? Points to Note !! A venture capitalist invests in early to mid-stage companies and startups with the goal of scaling that business and producing a high return on the investment. The biggest risk for venture capital investors is that an investment will flop or even fall into bankruptcy. Many small and emerging businesses fail for various reasons and venture capitalists tend to accept failure as a cost of doing business and look to notch huge ...

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Guide to Raising Angel Funding

What is Angel funding? Equity or Angel funding is a lump sum of money paid for a share of the entrepreneur’s business, but thereafter it is far from simple. Unlike debt funding, the Angel shares the risks with the Entrepreneur. Business Angels take the highest risk of any other investor and fund their investment out of their own pocket, not via other stakeholders. They invest at a very early stage of the business development and, as a result of this ...

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The Business Plan – A Vital Start-Up Step

EVERY new business begins with an idea. So where do you go from there? Depending on whom you speak to there just seems to be a great number of ‘essential’ ‘first steps’ on your way to starting a business. There is no denying, however, that the one step considered most vital for any venture is none other than planning! To quote an often used phrase ‘If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!’ What is a Business Plan ...

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