Friday, November 30, 2012

5 Different Alternatives to Venture Capital

When newly opened companies or unproven businesses seek funds for capital investment. They turn to venture capital, a financial capital which is a private equity that furnishes money for their project. The idea is for a venture capitalist to provide the money so that the company can work on their product or new invention. In return, the venture capitalist becomes a part-owner of the company. Since most venture capitalists have business experience and can see the high potentials of the company, they will exhaust all their means to establish it and make sure that they get the most for their investment. 

Aside from venture capitalism, there are also other alternatives for companies to produce funds. Here are 5 of the most common forms of seed funding, or seed money, an investment form where companies –usually new and small ones—who cannot secure a loan from a bank find ways to collect funds in exchange for part-ownership from the investors. 

1. Crowd Funding.


Most recently recognized by a United States legislation, the JOBS Act, Crowd Funding—also known as equity crowd funding, crowd financing, or hyper funding—pertains to individuals who network and raise funds usually through the Internet to support a variety of projects like political campaigns, new research, relief operations, company funding, and others.

Small individuals can invest small amounts on equities sold by a company. 

2. Angel Funding.


Also called business angel or informal investors, an Angel investor is a wealthy individual who takes risks on products or researches from new or small companies with potentially successful outcome in exchange for equity or exchangeable debt.

Angel groups or networks are organized individual investors who share funds for small businesses. 

3. Friends and Family Funding.


Borrowing from friends and family can be the easiest and the riskiest way to produce funds. Some may lend money without an interest while most will probably expect one. The result, however, can either be favorable or unfavorable, and relationships can be damaged along the way. It is best to have legal agreements so everyone is assured of investment returns whatever happens.

4. Bootstrapping.


This can come from the owner’s own savings or credit card to avoid paying interests and penalties. This may require a lot of frugality and cost cutting ability (without compromising the quality) since the money at risk comes solely from the business owner.

5. Capital Sources.


Borrowers and lenders conduct business without the conventional agents or agencies. They do not own part of the business but can give useful advice. 

Author Bio: 

Olive Smith is marketing lead at SmallBusinessAngels.com.au, who provides venture capital to hundreds of entrepreneurs with loans for small business from startup to expansion.


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