How to Fund a Startup

Fund a Startup

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Innovation is a valuable commodity, but many entrepreneurs recognize that it's only one of the many aspects that go into creating a successful firm. When it comes to starting a new business, timing and pure luck are just as important as any other factor. In this blog, we are going to read how to fund a startup. Let’s get dive into it.

According to venture capitalists, there are normally five stages of startup fundraising. The seed-funding phase is the initial step in the startup process. The majority of these funds come from the founders' own pockets, although angel investors, Crowdfunder, and other sources also contribute. There is no venture capitalist (VC) companies engaged at this stage, but seed money allows entrepreneurs to put together an experienced, skilled team and create an actionable business plan, both of which are a pre-requisite for receiving VC investment.

Startups that make it beyond the second round of investment are well on their way to success, assuming nothing untoward happens. Rather than venture investors, the firm begins the growth stage when it is close to becoming self-sufficiently profitable and has raised sufficient securitizations and/or preferred stock to do so.

Other than having a fantastic concept in a promising field, the key to attracting venture capitalists is to ask for money at the proper point in their lifecycle. Here are the stages of a startup's fundraising and how they connect to the lifespan of a VC.

Phase 1:

Investing in the Start-Up:  In most cases, seed money comes from the entrepreneur's bank account, angel investors, or crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter. To attract venture capitalists, you must have a strong team and a well-thought-out business strategy in place. A business named Neptune is now gathering initial money on Kick Starter intending to develop a smartphone smaller than a watch before Apple does it.

Phase 2:

When a group of individuals agrees to invest money into a pot and not receive profits for ten years, VCs are born. A venture capital firm worth $100 million will invest around a third of the cash in a range of startups in the first round. At this point, as an entrepreneur, your startup concept has to be discovered and financed for it to succeed. With $238 million from 11 different investors, Square Trade Inc., a start-up that offers warranties for your digital products, recently revealed that it has received around one funding.

Phase 3:

Offered your organization is doing well, users may get another round of funding after three years. By now, the startup will have reviewed all of its investments, weeded out the failed projects, and reinvested in the successful ones. Photobucket just received an additional (and, according to the startup, last) round of VC investment in the range of $5 to $10 million.

Phase 4:

With 3-5 years under its belt, your start-up should be close to breaking even. For now, the startup will rely on subordinated debt or preferred stock to meet its needs. This is the stage of growth. Twitter looks to be in the fourth phase of its development at this time. It's holding off on an IPO until it's made a full year's worth of earnings after obtaining $15 million in 2008. Start-ups don't get this "growth" money from venture capitalists, but it helps them go from "financed" to "successful."

Phase 5:  

Your start-up is now at least five to ten years old, and you've either succeeded or failed. When you sell or go public, the venture investors will get their money. When businesses go public, most venture capital firms get a 700% return on their investment. However, many of their investments will never reach phase 5.


This blog post has discussed how to fund a startup and concluded that it's common for venture capitalists to form a partnership with several other investors. During the initial round of financing, the business will spend around one-third of its budget on a range of prospective firms or ideas; effective venture capitalists recognize that they may not receive any ROI on any of their investments for up to ten years.

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