Do you need a hand to help build up your business?
You can’t bootstrap your business by building it from personal finances or operating revenues.
Accelerators, angel investors funding and incubators offer alternative sources of funding, training and mentorship, facilities and services for people to start business and bring those start up seeds to fruition.
Accelerators receive small amounts of equity in a start up for small amounts of capital and mentorship in a short-time period, usually three to four months.
“The programs combine small amounts of funding with large amounts of help. Accelerators typically invest $25,000 for a 6 percent ownership stake. Selected startup teams (most accelerators favor groups over single founders) work with experienced entrepreneurs as mentors to build their products and learn business skills such as marketing and managing cash flow. They’re expected to learn from peers as well. The programs conclude with a pitch day during which teams show off their products to potential angel or venture investors.” Bloomberg Businessweek
May be what you need is an angel, an angel investor to provide seed money for you start up.
Angel Funding, Angel Investors
“An angel investor or angel (also known as a business angel or informal investor) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. A small but increasing number of angel investors organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to share research and pool their investment capital.” Wikipedia
“Of the $8.9 billion in total investments by angels in the first half of this year, 39% went into seed and start-up ventures, up from 26% of $8.5 billion in total investments over the same period in 2010, according to data from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research.” Wall Street Journal
Certain U.S. states offer angel investors tax credits, from 15% to 40% depending on the state, for investing in start ups. Angel investors are all around the world.
A business incubator helps out a start up with facilities, services and mentorship for an average of three to five years.
“Business incubators provide new businesses with office space and shared facilities, such as telecommunications systems and Internet connections, in a dedicated building. According to The New York Times, there are around 1,200 incubation centers in the United States, as of 2011. Entrepreneurs can also access advice and guidance from professionals such as accountants, marketing consultants and business advisers who are associated with the incubation center and act as mentors. Entrepreneurs typically stay in an incubation center for three to five years, although there is no maximum period.” Chron.com
You might be interested in flying high with an angel investor or connecting with an accelerator or incubator. Think about it.
Here are some resources for more information on angel investors, accelerators and incubators:
Amplify L.A.-based Accelerator
Women’s Capital Connection – Angel Investor Network for Women
Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator