How To Raise Seed Money Right (And Wrong)

YoungUpstarts

I need to admit to a personal bias right up front: I am not the biggest fan of borrowing seed money. In fact, when I founded Fit Body Boot Camp , I never took a single of cent of seed money, mainly because I wanted to maintain total control of my vision.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. If you meet all the requirements, complete all the paperwork, and submit your grant application today, it will likely be six to nine months before you see any money.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

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In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. If you meet all the requirements, complete all the paperwork, and submit your grant application today, it will likely be six to nine months before you see any money. Professional help costs money. Money has always been tight for high-tech entrepreneurs who need to raise capital from investors willing to gamble on a new idea.

Sources of Seed Money

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Even thought money for entrepreneurial ventures is tougher to find than it was in the boom times, there still is money out there. Even seed stage ventures can find backing if they are patient, determined, and have a strong enough business model. Susan Schreter in an article at Business on Main identifies twenty seed stage funds from around the country. Business on Main sponsored post business on main seed funding susan schreter

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders. Accelerators business david cohen entrepreneur global accelerator network Seed money TechStars United States Venture Capital When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model.

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What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate. More money is flowing in from a new crop of angels, newly wealthy from a number of tech IPOs. And, we should expect angel activity to drop as new angels discover that returns from their seed investments aren’t so easy to come by. Any entrepreneur trying to navigate the financing landscape should be aware of the over-abundance of angel money compared with subsequent rounds.

How much capital should you raise?

Version One Ventures

Many new founders think that because they’ve secured their seed round, it will be easy to find investors for the next round, and the next… However, a startup needs to demonstrate significant progress between funding rounds. Take the money, but do it wisely.

4 Best Websites to Apply for Acceleration and Incubation Programs

Kodorra

Accelerators are mainly focused on helping companies achieve business growth in a short period of time, typically a few months, hence the term “accelerator” They support young companies by providing mentorship and seed money.

4 Best Websites To Apply For Accelerators And Incubators

YoungUpstarts

Accelerators are mainly focused on helping companies achieve business growth in a short period of time, typically a few months, hence the term “accelerator” They support young companies by providing mentorship and seed money. by Melvin Wong , founder of Kodorra.

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

A company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. Assuming equity is raised at or above that cap, the total dilution, before the new money, is 16.6% (equivalent to an equity financing of $1m at a $6m post money valuation. ” They are running out of money. The term sheet converts all the convertible debt into a post-money valuation of $100, essentially making the convertible debt worthless.

Doing The Right Thing In A Recap

Feld Thoughts

Six weeks ago I wrote a post titled The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds. My answer was simple – I would have given the early seed investors some percentage of the company as part of the financing. Given the amount raised, the new financing, and the cap, I would have asked the seed investors to waive the terms and instead accept a smaller percentage of the company than they would have otherwise gotten. Investments fg angels recap seed

5 Unusual Ways To Fund A Business Without Going Into Debt

YoungUpstarts

If you have a great idea for a new business but you need the money to make it happen, consider one of these unusual ways to fund your business without going into debt. Additionally, RocketHub will let you keep the money you raised, even if you didn’t meet your goal.

6 Tips To Tell Your Story Effectively

YoungUpstarts

Did the seed money really come from tips you made as a waiter, or did it have something to do with that gift your parents gave you? by Adam Witty, Founder and CEO of Advantage | ForbesBooks.

Startup Accelerator The Brandery Opens Applications For 2013

YoungUpstarts

The Brandery provides each company with $20,000 in seed money, training sessions with other entrepreneurs and industry experts, and networking with more than 60 mentors who work with startups to provide insights and help grow each idea into an investable, scalable product.

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8 Guidelines For Friends And Family Startup Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. Don’t take money from family or friends who can’t afford to lose it.

Your Startup Culture Can Transform You Into a Multi-Million Dollar Business

Up and Running

My first company, Digital-Tutors , grew from a startup in my living room with $54 of my own seed money into a multi-million-dollar business with customers around the world. I was proud of the fact that we never used any outside investment money to grow the company.

Series Seed or Convertible Note? Which one is more founder friendly? Which one do investors prefer?

Gust

Assuming the company is able to make effective use of the seed money to greatly increase the value of the enterprise, all of that value therefore accrues to the founder, rather than the investor. For example, let’s say the “real” value of a startup is $900,000, a seed investor puts in $100,000 on a Convertible Note with a 20% discount, and the company then raises a Series A round of $1 million at a $4 million ‘pre-money’ valuation.

Innovation at Argonne National Laboratory Incubator

The Startup Magazine

Energy might be cheaper now than it was a few years back, but the need for innovation has never been greater. Chain Reaction Innovations. That’s why I’m so excited to serve as Director of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program at the U.S.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

Both Sides of the Table

Let’s assume $2 million in seed money. If the money comes from professional investors it usually has a “liquidation preference” meaning that their money comes out before the founders or common stock. (If Get some famous angel or seed money.

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups

SoCal CTO

They might have some seed money and are thinking or raising a Series A based on success of an early release (MVP). He just post: Establishing the Pre-money Valuation of Pre-revenue Startups. A lot of my time is spent helping early-stage companies get to proof points so that they can raise capital. Because of this, I've always tried to stay up-to-speed on how early-stage investors look at valuation of companies. What are they really looking for?

Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere

ReadWriteStart

They offer seed money and mentoring in exchange for equity, normally about 7%. It takes years for companies to get traction and get an exit, so if you’re trying to optimize for making money now you’ll make some pretty terrible decisions.

8 Key Actions for Entrepreneurs Needing Early Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. Don’t take money from family or friends who can’t afford to lose it.

[Event] Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 To Hit Record 123 Countries

YoungUpstarts

Movers & Changers Forum: Finalists in this mtvU/NYSE Euronext competition will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the opening day of GEW and compete for $25,000 in seed money to help start their companies.

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How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

*. If you are a 20-something tech entrepreneur you could be forgiven for thinking that seed-stage investors, Angellist Syndicates and widely available angel money always existed. I was out to raise my first seed money in my second startup of $500,000.

Fundraising pitches are not actually pitches.

Hippoland

But then one day, I pitched 2 seed partners at a VC firm. Although you do not need a deck to raise seed money, this is why I like to use a deck in my conversations with seed investors. The startup industry should stop using the word “pitch”.

Startup Business Investments Around The World

YoungUpstarts

They are investors who provide you with all the resources you need, including seed money, physical space for your startup, advice, and connection with other investors in their network. by Rocky Chan, business consultant for Enterph.com.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Most schools have business plan competitions, and even give out seed money to winners. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.

6 Ways To Make Your Startup More Attractive To Investors — Even With A Criminal History

YoungUpstarts

But he chose to move forward with a positive attitude, raise seed money for his company, and network his way to a profitable future. by Catherine Hoke, founder and CEO of Defy Ventures. If you knew entrepreneur Marquis Hayes 10 years ago, you would barely recognize him today.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

The bootcamp requested that participants do what entrepreneurs do before requesting seed funding – Discover, Network and Accelerate. (In I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

The bootcamp requested that participants do what entrepreneurs do before requesting seed funding – Discover, Network and Accelerate. (In I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

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Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Most schools have business plan competitions, and even give out seed money to winners. Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard via ShinyShiny.tv.

So Just How Do You Start A Startup?

YoungUpstarts

They originally set out to make money selling programming languages. Only Money Can Make It Happen. Every startup needs money. There are a few ways to go about this, you can get loans, raise the money yourself, or get investors.

Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming

Startup Professionals Musings

The number of startups getting seed funding in 2012 jumped by 65% over the previous year to a total of 1749, according to a recent report by CB Insights. Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 Seeded companies will take longer to raise a next round.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Most schools have business plan competitions, and even give out seed money to winners. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.

3 Reasons To Seek Only What You Need During The Funding Process

YoungUpstarts

The startup scene is not short on fun ideas like Yo, but without the ability to justify the amount of money you are seeking and how it will be used to grow your company most investors are going to decline to open their wallets. By Paul Jackson, founder of Worthworm.

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Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re a venture-backed tech company or even an early-stage business fueled by angel or seed money I assume you have a good group of board members or advisors who will give you time to be helpful and they want to be helpful.

11 Entrepreneurs Explain Their Major Accomplishments in 2018

Hearpreneur

Thanks to Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers ! #3- Literally, one week later we had secured seed money, established business roles, added on another partner, ran the numbers, and started a pest control company! The end of every year is the opportunity reflect on a 365-day journey.

5 Reasons To Use Your Personal Credit Card For Business Expenses

YoungUpstarts

Unless you have a healthy bank account or investors to fall back on you’re likely going to use your personal money to finance portions of your business expenses at some point. This could come in very handy when you need seed money or need to make several large purchases at once.

A Year in Review: 2016

Version One Ventures

At the same time, seed money is still abundant due to the proliferation of micro VC over the past few years. They started with a simple question: if 100 startups raise a Seed round, how many of those will go on to raise a Series A, and then a Series B ? The challenge here is that founders – having an easy time raising their seed rounds and maybe Series A – can be lulled into thinking that each subsequent round will be just as easy.

Early-Stage Startups Need Friends, Family, and Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. Don’t take money from family or friends who can’t afford to lose it.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

We also know that even though many of us who are experienced in startup successes & failures look at businesses and say, “That will never work” (as many people said about Uber) or “You can’t make any money in that business” (as many said about WhatsApp or Dropbox) and of course some entrepreneurs pull off extraordinary things we never thought possible. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail.

No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers – Business Plans versus Business Models

Steve Blank

We thought we’d take our plan and go raise seed money. We can’t raise money knowing our plan is wrong.”. This includes how the product gets distributed to your customers and how money flows back into your company. No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy.

6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

Up and Running

David sold his recording equipment for $50,000 and they borrowed the rest of their seed money from a bank. Beth developed her own intensive curriculum and, with the help of seed money from a student, founded YogaFit® in 1994 to fill the niche.