Decide if investment is right for you First you have to decide if raising investment is right for you and your business. Make sure you consider it fully as investment will allow you to grow. Secondly, if you are an early stage company, do as much as you can to prove your business model and … Continue reading What are the processes and stages for raising investment?
Presenting can be very stressful and pitching to investors who have the means to make your business continue and prosper can be very unnerving.
10 tips to give you the best chance of gaining investment.
Too few business owners find time to sit back and simply think. Make some time now and assess what changes you would like to make over the next twelve months.
This depends on the type of investors. Ask a VC and they will say ‘management team, management team, management team!’ A Business Angel may take more interest in the type of business, as they may have experience and contacts that could strengthen the management team. Nevertheless, there are certain key components that all investors will want to see…
If you really want what we term – “sunk” – long term capital in your business that you don’t have to worry about paying back in the same way you would a loan, then selling shares in return for funding may be right for you but that is too simple an answer when there is alot more involved in that simple transaction.
No, it can be appropriate for start-ups and established businesses alike.
You don’t give anything away. An incoming investor would buy shares in your company at a price that you both agree. If you don’t agree on price, you don’t proceed.
No – but it’s true to say that most business angels like to think the company they invest into is near enough to visit although in truth they rarely ever do that. Most of our Angels are based in and around the Midlands but at least 25% are dotted around the UK.
For the business seeking funds …the usual advice is to start looking for your investors well before you need the money ..6-12 months is not out of line with the time it takes to actually complete an equity deal. It can of course be a lot quicker but that will depend on the information available, evidence, clarity and validation of the key facts. Being well prepared beforehand so there are no surprises and you know what you are likely to be asked will always speed the process.