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Investors: Concept and types

An Investor is a person or entity that allocates capital with the expectation of a future financial return. The most common investors include banks, venture capitalists, peer-to-peer investors, angel investors and personal investors. The requirements, investment amounts, and funding process will vary according to the type of investment and the business/personal circumstances.

Banks as Investors

Some small businesses seek bank loans to help with their startup costs. After the mortgage crisis of 2007, it is more challenging to qualify for a bank loan. Companies may have to provide collateral, such as a home equity loan, and as much cash as possible to qualify. Usually, the banks will require a comprehensive business plan that includes:

- A complete, detailed description of the business
- A description of the business core products and/or services.
- Financial Projections.
- Management Projections.
- Planning for goal implementations.

Venture Capitalists*

The United States is currently home to more than 460 active venture capital firms that together invested $22 billion in prior years. The average investment in each company is $2.6 million. Venture capitalists typically invest in only 1 out of 100 deals they see, compared to about 1 in 10 for angel investors. They also conduct substantial due diligence, a process that takes up to five months for each investment.
Venture Capitalists invest millions in a company by securing a share in the company known as equity capital. The investment is predicated on the idea that the equity capital will increase in value over time and they'll receive a return on their initial investment. This type of investor typically works with companies who have a solid business plan and have already displayed some measure of success. You'll need to show a solid business plan and high-profit return. Venture capitalists rarely invest in startups perceived as risky.
Business owners should know that when investing with a venture capitalist, they are giving up partial ownership in the company. Some venture capitalists will want a say in management decisions. You'll also likely pay a higher ROI (Return On Investment), to this investor than the cost of interest on a traditional business loan.

Peer-to-peer lending

With peer-to-peer lending, startups and entrepreneurs can create online profiles for their projects on dedicated websites to be considered by investors. These services strive to match small-business owners with entrepreneurs while cutting out the middleman.

Potential peer-to-peer loan investors will have access to your credit history. In some cases, lenders will ask you to take steps to raise your credit score before receiving loan approval. Once you've been approved, you'll negotiate an interest rate for the investment with the lender, who is often a private individual. It's important to understand the terms of the loan and avoid falling behind on payments.

Angel Investors*

Angel investors provide more favorable terms compared to other lenders since they usually invest in the entrepreneur starting the business rather than the viability of the company.

Angel investors are also called informal investors, angel funders, private investors, seed investors or business angels. These are affluent individuals who inject capital for startups in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt.

An estimated 268,100 active "angel" investors in the United States invest an estimated $20 Billion into 60,000 companies a year. Angel investors are usually wealthy entrepreneurs who want to leverage their wealth by investing in projects they are passionate about, especially startups that may have difficulty accessing more traditional forms of financing. Many angel investors are successful entrepreneurs themselves, as well as corporate leaders and business professionals.

In some cases, these "angels" make a high-risk investment in hopes of receiving a significant return if the company is bought out by a larger corporation or is publicly traded on the stock market. This type of angel investor is usually most active when the economy is strong or stable.

The terms of a loan from an angel investor are detailed in a promissory note. With angel groups, angel investors can pool their capital to make more substantial investments.
Contact us for details and a tailored analysis of your situation and specific need.

Personal Investors

While you might not have considered approaching friends and family to invest in your startup, this is not an uncommon approach. In fact, personal investors represent a more significant piece of the pie than any other type of funding source, investing over $66 billion annually.

This approach is best suited for funds to get a new company off the ground. However, loyalty and affinity for the business open personal investors up to potential long-term investments.

A contract should govern personal investments just like any other type of investment. This may prevent the risk inherent in mixing business with family. Sign a promissory note spelling out the terms of the loan as well as a separate agreement if a partnership is on the table.
Contact us for details and a tailored analysis of your situation and specific need.
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