Learn what to expect with debt or equity financing.


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Private capital: Is your startup ready for outside investors?

You’ve got a great business idea, but how do you tell if you’re ready for an outside investor? Here are some things to consider.


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The business due diligence process of investors

Once you’ve engaged an investor and they’re interested in your opportunity, they will conduct due diligence.

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Financing your business idea choosing between equity and debt

Debt or equity? Which is your best funding strategy when you’re seeking financing from outside investors?


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Terms of investments

What you need to know before entering a partnership with venture capitalists (VCs), including the model they use when selecting startups and how to effectively set up the terms and conditions of the investment.

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Using your business plan’s executive summary to attract investors

The executive summary is a key document for entrepreneurs and new companies looking for investors.


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Venture capital: Financing a startup in the growth stage of company development

As businesses develop, they attract different types of investors. Growth-stage companies attract more venture capital.

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Venture capital: Financing a startup in the later stage of company development

Some venture capitalists (VCs) or other investors focus on later-stage investing—providing the financing to grow beyond critical mass and to attract public financing through a stock offering.


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High-tech startups and the venture capital (VC) investment model

Certain venture capital investors focus on certain industries. Entrepreneurs should be aware of this, and of investment trends.

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Stages of company development: Angel, seed and venture capital investors

The type of investor most appropriate for your business is based not only on your industry but on the stage of your company’s development.


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Startup financing: Venture capital (VC) and private equity

Knowing about private equity and venture capital can help you navigate when seeking financing for your startup.

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Common share investments and early-round equity financing

Common share investments and non-valued investments (convertible debentures) are most often used in early rounds.


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Convertible preferred share investments: Benefits for VCs, angel investors and angel networks

Learn how your startup can raise significant capital through convertible preferred shares. Preferred shares appeal to VCs, angel investors and others

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Equity investments and debt financing for startups

Determining the amount of debt you take on to finance your business is a balancing act.


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Startup financing: Debt instruments offered by banks

Understand debt instruments offered by banks and other financial institutions for financing a startup.

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Debt financing: Angel investors, leasing companies, venture debt funds and more

Understand loans or debt available from non-bank sources to help finance your early-stage company.


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The due diligence process in venture capital (VC)

Once you’ve engaged an investor and they’re interested in your opportunity, they will conduct due diligence.

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Convertible preferred stock: How investors maximize their return on investment (ROI)

Understand the features of convertible preferred stock to fully assess how much value you will receive upon liquidation or exit from your venture.


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Product demonstrations: How to demo your product for investors

If you can do a live demonstration for potential investors, they will better understand how your product works and how it addresses the problem in the marketplace.