July 26, 2010
When you want to boost up your business and you are in need of capital you start thinking where you can go to ask for funding. You probably asked for money from family and friends already and you may need more money than they could possibly raise. The other options are of course, private equity firms, venture capital firms, angels investors and debt loans.
You probably want to be able to concentrate on your business and not monthly payments you have due so the debt loan is out from the beginning. If you have to choose from the rest you will surely gain more if you chose the VCs. They are professional investors that raise money from insurance funds, private investors and other sources and invest them in businesses that can become highly profitable. The advantage of the VC funds is that in exchange for equity in your firm they will invest in it, non-returnable money and help you grow it exponentially.
More often than not, they will be experienced entrepreneurs with a lot of experience in the market they are investing in and besides money, they will contribute with advice and connections. This will sometimes be more valuable than the money.
Venture capitalists will usually want a place in your board committee and take an active part in running the company. Do not worry, they have the same purpose as you: transforming your small business into a billion dollar (or more) company.
You can find this type of funds all around the world but you should know they usually invest in firms, which are not further than 100 or 200 miles from the city they operate in. Still you have a great chance to be funded by one if you prepare a strong business plan.
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