Small Business Startups: Accessing Funding Resources

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Startups are not an overnight success story. A new venture or startup is essentially a business or project undertaken by an individual entrepreneur to seek, devise, and test a scalable organizational structure. The process of starting a business can take months, even years. Before you invest your money in a new venture, it’s important to understand the steps of how start-ups happen.

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Usually, entrepreneurs that are setting up new businesses seek funding in the form of angel investors or venture capitalists. These investors typically provide start-ups with seed capital, which allows the founders to test various concepts before they go into production and can help them determine if the business idea has potential. Seed capital is provided for “risky” start-ups because it’s less expensive than funding in the traditional manner.

Many new businesses that go into development have investors that serve as “co-chairs” or “hosts”. These investors typically have multiple roles during the start-up process. They are involved in evaluating the business plan, ensuring that it will be feasible and cost effective, reviewing financial projections, brokering introductions between start-ups and their intended customers, negotiating payment terms, handling business transactions, communicating with vendors and suppliers, marketing the product or service, negotiating sales and marketing details, and evaluating employee relations. As a result, many startups choose to work with multiple co-chairs and hosts rather than focusing on just one investor.

Startups that fail to find funding in this manner are categorized as “pre-seed” funding. These are typically supported by venture capital firms. Typically, pre-seed funding rounds require fewer investors and typically take less time than other seed rounds. Many companies that receive this financing are able to use the funds to address pressing issues or pursue other opportunities within the industry.

The Startup Loan, also known as the Seed Capital, is often provided by private investors who want to provide a long term investment to startups. The company must demonstrate the ability to generate future profits from its product or service while generating significant revenue from existing customers. The Startup Loan is also based upon a formula that typically requires a financial projection of the value of the business over the first six months and a year, a credit analysis, an income statement and cash flow analysis. Because the initial financing is committed to the company for six months or more, venture capitalists will require tangible assets as collateral to secure the loan.

Seed Capital has become very accessible to both small business owners and large corporations. Small business owners typically access seed capital from family and friends, whereas large corporations typically access them through financial institutions such as banks. Because of this access, entrepreneurs often need to partner with co-investors to raise capital. This partnership allows startups to raise the capital they need to launch their product or service without having to rely upon only one investor.

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