Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are looking for the same thing, so it pays to know what type of investors are most interested in what your startup brings to the table.
If your full-service restaurant has applied for and been denied a bank loan in the past, you’re not alone. Historically, restaurants have been one of the riskiest industries for entrepreneurs to undertake and banks have always been weary of lending to them.
Angel investors, particularly those in organized angel groups, are typically former entrepreneurs who have had successful liquidity events in their pasts, or executives of companies who’ve retired with the funds from their stock options.
If you seek funds from an organized investment group such as an angel fund, venture capital entity, or even an investment club, the first thing you want to do is to find one person to buy into your vision.
Recently, the St. Louis Business Journal described 2013 as the year “St. Louis tech took the money and ran,” profiling just how much money our city’s tech startups raised last year. The number is pretty impressive: $56M+ from just our top five startups.
We’ve spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as “inside angels.” There are three classes of equity investors for early stage businesses that we have not yet considered. Often grouped into formal organizations, these investors are sophisticated, helpful, and connected.
By getting others to back a small business financially, the company will have a much better chance of being prosperous over the long haul. The good news is that there are several options aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners can use to attract others to a company for the purpose of helping to fund it.
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