VC funding is one of the most popular options for almost all new business owners.
Despite a slump in the market a few years ago, there continue to be several sources
However, before applying for
VC funding, business owners should know the basics
of the funding system and how it functions as well as when to seek the funding.
New business owners should also know which areas the
venture capitalist specializes
A lot of
VC funding is currently being used to set up biotech, medical instruments,
health care, retail, computers, software, networking, and the Internet firms. VC
funding is usually invested in accordance with the strategic plans of the company.
VC funding may be sought by a business owner at any stage of the development of
the company. However, most business owners seek funding for setting up the company.
This is referred to as seed funding. A lot of business owners also choose to use
VC funding in the first round of development of the company. This is when the company
has refined its business plan, has some of its management team in place and is starting
to develop products and sales. Some investors decide to invest in the second round
of growth of the company.
VC funding in these cases is usually used to improve the
sales of the company and expand the business. Some companies also seek VC funding
during the mature stage of the company's development. This is when the company has
done very well for itself and is now gearing up for an initial public offering.
Getting VC funding for a company is tough and requires a lot of work. Business owners
should first research the Venture Capitalists working in the area of the company.
Most VC funding is now available for funding biotech, medical instruments, health
care, retail, computers, software, networking, and the Internet firms. One way for
business owners to attract
VC funding is by offering venture capitalists stock in
the corporation in exchange for their investment. Most VC funding investors prefer
stock options and the right to elect one or more Directors to the corporation's
Board of Directors. A list of Venture Capitalists and their VC funding pattern is
available on several websites. Business owners should go through the records before
they approach a VC with a business plan.