A start-up searching for the next place to pitch.
We're developing an app designed to make it easier for start-ups to find investors. If you're searching for investors for the 'first-time' - we'd like to chat. In exchange for your feedback - we'll treat you to your favorite Starbucks beverage and you'll receive the app free (when we launch in 2015).
So you applied to one of those exciting, new 'accelerator programs' ... but you were NOT one of the lucky 'few' to get accepted! So what do you do?
Don't get mad. Don't get frustrated! Find an alternative.
Coming soon -- THE DEAL COACH. Here's 3 reasons you're going to love THE DEAL COACH. Check it out
2014 is looking good for entrepreneurs seeking angel investors
Dave Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily Writer, has done the research. Angel investors are looking to become more active in the coming year. New research has found that 50 percent of angel investors plan to increase the number of investments they will make in 2014.
Not only will those angel investors be increasing the number of investments they make, they will also be increasing the total amount they plan on investing. Twenty-four percent of angel investors say they will increase the dollar amount on investments next year.
The rebounding economy has played a large role in swaying the feelings of those investors. Fifty-five percent of angel investors say the economy's return to pre-recession levels has encouraged them to continue investing.
Just when you thought you had the 'green light' to start promoting your venture to private investors -- the government does a 360. The following artile by Joe Wallin (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) is a must read for every entrepreneur serious about raising capital from angel investors. Check it out
P.S. You want to be extra careful here, and as always you should consult counsel before doing anything in the nature of general advertising or general solicitation.
Keep doing ... what you do! Your innovation and drive -- helps create a better world and makes people's lives better! It's national Small Business Week -- so --
express yourself -- tell them what you 'really' think!
There are events taking place around the country. Use this link to find out what's happening in your area -- then go out let them know your challenges and concerns.
Here's a 'shout out' from President Obama
Raising investment capital is difficult -- even for the most sophisticated entrepreneur. You have to be 'creative' . You have to be patient! It's easy to get caught up in the latest craze or trend ... like crowdsourcing. During these times -- the basics are often forgotten -- the things an entrepreneur can do to generate capital without outside investors. I recently came across this article: 5 WAYS TO TUNE UP YOUR VENTURE'S PROFITABILITY by Peter Cohan (author of The HUNGRY START-UP). It takes you back to the basics. No, it's not a quick solution. However, it may be just what you need to continue funding your venture -- until you get that big check from the investor! Worth a read!
Let me know if any on the 5 work for you.
IT MAY NOT BE THE SOLUTION YOU WERE HOPING FOR!
According to the dealmakers, experts and lawyers; raising capital via the crowd-funding route is ripe with problems. If you're considering crowdfunding - THE TROUBLE WITH CROWDFUNDING by Brian Korn (yes, he's a lawyer) is a MUST-READ . What's the problem? Compliance with the crowdfunding rules is no joke (ie this is serious stuff)!
in spite of the economy and the challenges of raising capital --entrepreneurs (just like you) -- are getting funded everyday!
This blog was created to encourage and support you in reaching your capital goals. We'll be sharing 'what works' -- what 'doesn't work' and mixing- it- up with 'whatever's on your mind'. We'd like to start the dialog by asking:
What's the #1 challenge standing in the way of securing the capital you need?