By Venture Planning Associates. Used by permission.

Venture Financing Funnel

Venture Financing: Key Documents

  • Learn to sell, "Face-to-Face", "One-on-One".  Not just your product or service, but your entire business vision.

  • Buy an HP 19B or equivalent financial calculator and become proficient in all aspects of finance for startup companies.  Weakness in the financial area will drastically reduce your chances of funding. 

  • Surround yourself with a quality team.  Build your network in sales, finance, and management.

  • Take a public speaking course and learn to give tight presentations to tough audiences.  Try Toastmasters, Rotary, or Junior Achievement, Sales and Marketing Executives, etc.

  • Learn how to do the due diligence on those "too good to be true money sources".

  • Attend investor oriented meetings, a local Venture Capital Association meeting or the industry meetings for your business type. 

  • Angel investor groups are more difficult to find, however, some web resources may help.

  • Or find a local business incubator to assist you with your startup