Are Angel Investors Divine Interventions or are they Devils in Disguise?

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You’re battling in vain for months now to get someone or somebody to buy into your groundbreaking business idea. Indeed, you’ve spent lot of time and money to get funds from your bank, other banks and small business development institutions. Sadly, there’s not a glimpse of hope, not even an invite for an interview. Giving up hope, you’ve decided to terminate your project. However, luckily for you, someone suggested that you should apply to get funded by angel investors. Wow, what a break! That intervention has changed your life for the better…

So, are angel investors the solution for small businesses and start-up funding problems?

Who are Angel Investors?

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How to get a Venture Capitalist to Fall in Love with your Business Idea

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Many successful businesses got funded by a venture capitalist (VC) when starting-up.  After all, it seems that VCs have lots of money to invest. In fact, in 2018, the value of VC investments in the United States amounted to approximately 99.5 billion U.S. dollars (Statista).

So, if can’t get enough money to get your business started, but you’ve a (really!) great business idea, then getting a venture capitalist to invest may be a sound idea…However, VCs have, just like all other funders, loaners and investors, their own criteria and standards they use to evaluate investment opportunities.

And there’s a good reason why VCs are so picky on where to invest their capital. Tomer Dean from TechCrunch not long ago interviewed a well-known venture capitalist. The VC had the following to say about the success rate of start-ups:

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Borrowing Money from a Bank to Start your Business

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Borrowing money from a bank to start your business is not an obvious option for prospective business owners. Unless you are well known, with a track record of starting and running successful businesses, no formal sources of capital are likely to invest in you in the early stages of your business 1.  Banks usually require an operating history to reduce their risk.

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Getting Money for Your Business – Other Individual Investors

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Prospective business owners may approach other individual investors to get money for starting their businesses. A large number of private individuals invest in others’ entrepreneurial ventures. They are primarily people with moderate to significant business experience but may also be affluent professionals, such as lawyers and physicians 1.

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Start your Business: Borrow Money from Friends and Relatives

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If you don’t have enough funds for your start-up business, you may borrow money from friends and relatives. Interesting, however, although the majority of informal investors, family and friends, is often willing to supply funds at negative returns, most prospective business owners will only as a last resort consider borrowing money from them 1.

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Using Personal Savings to Start Your Business

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You, the aspiring entrepreneur, frequently have three sources of getting money to start your business: (1) personal savings, (2) friends and relatives, and (3) other individual investors. Using personal savings to start your business to start your business will now be discussed.

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Bootstrapping – Starting a New Business with Your Own Money

One of the first and most important questions that most of us ask when considering to start our own business is where the money would come from? The answer for more than 80% of start-up businesses is bootstrapping. Indeed, according to Lahm Jr and Little Jr (2005), the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurial companies are financed through this highly creative process.

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