You’ve dreamed of owning your own business and you believe you have a winning proposition for a successful startup. But creating a business clearly takes a stack of money. One of the funding options is to secure venture capital.

Ways to Raise Capital for Your Startup

Here are some options to fund your startup dream:

Self-funding. This can include using Rollovers for Business Startups (ROBS)—investing funds from individual retirement accounts, or 401(k), using savings, or a home equity loan.
Friends and family funding.
Traditional loans from banks, credit unions, online lenders, and SBA loans.
Incubators and accelerators.
Angel Investors.
Venture capital investors.

How to Secure Venture Capital for Your Startup

Securing venture capital requires these steps:

Create a thorough business plan.
Search for potential investors. Research online listings of venture capital companies that specialize in your defined target market.
Network to build relationships and connections. Hire an advisor to assist you if needed.
Choose a venture capital investor in your targeted niche.
Create a persuasive pitch presentation including:

A vision and value proposition.
A definition of the problem or opportunity you are addressing.
A statement of your target market.
A “roadmap” illustrating how you will solve the problem/opportunity and serve your target audience.
A revenue model.
The marketing and sales strategy.
An introduction to your team.
A review of the competition.
Your financials and the planned use of funds.

Some Tips on Raising Venture Capital

It is important at the very beginning to decide whether your startup will become a small business or a large-scale enterprise. Also, focus early on developing a great team. Business success is not a solo endeavor. Get a mentor to assist you. Seek an investor that will add more than money.

Seek Expert Financial Assistance

Contact Navigate Firm to secure the funding you need to meet your financial goals. Navigate Firm based in Pensacola, FL offers a vast portfolio of financing options to attain and sustain business growth. Our experienced professionals can help small and large businesses of all sizes.