Table of Contents:
- 1. Develop a solid business plan
- 2. Have a compelling story
- 3. Think like potential investors
- 4. Ask for advice and learn tips
- 5. Try the organic soft-sell
- 6. Have a great team
- 7. Be confident
- Bonus Tip: Attract Investors by Wearing a Suit!
- Let’s Work Together!
You’ve got a great product idea for a business. You’re passionate about it, and you know it has the potential to change the world. But the question arises: how to attract investment for your startup?
Venture capitalists, angel investors, and bankers are always looking for the next big thing, but it’s not always easy to pique any investor interest.
If you’re looking for ways to take your new business off the ground, here’s how:
1. Develop a solid business plan
If there is one thing that investors love, it’s a solid business plan.
Business ideas don’t materialize on their own. Think of any big-time companies out there today. All of them had come from serious business planning. Of course, yours is no exception!
This document may not automatically attract investors, but it definitely increases your chance of getting the funding that you need. It should outline your:
The first section of your plan includes introducing your idea with a bang. Make it clear what your business is all about and why it’s different from the rest. This will help you get investors interested from the start.
All industries have competition, and the catch is how you stand out. This section provides thorough research and analysis of the market landscape. This will help your potential investor understand where your business fits in and how you can make it grow.
Who are you selling your product or service to? This information is critical in understanding the potential success of your business. Consider providing investors with specific demographics or, better yet, a first-hand customer review of your product or service.
Sales and marketing strategy
What’s your budget for marketing? How will you generate leads and conversions? These are important questions to answer in your plan as they will show potential investors that you’re serious about how you’ll grow your business.
Create cash flow projections for the next three to five years. Past financial statements will also show potential investors that you have a handle on your finances and that you’re planning for the future.
Finally, don’t forget to include a timeline of your project milestones. This section of your plan provides investors with the progress and how you plan to achieve your goals in a span of time.
2. Have a compelling story
Your company might have the best product or service in the world—but if you can’t tell a compelling story about it, good luck with attracting investors.
Aside from having the technical requirements for the startup process, translating your passion into a story that can convince investors to fund it is another thing you should think about. How will you do that?
- Share personal stories
- Create an emotional connection
- Paint them a picture of the future of your company
Dropbox, for instance, was introduced by Drew Houston as a product that would solve problems when he forgot his flash drive going to school. He provided investors at Y Combinator with this experience and was soon funded to become an MVP (minimum viable product). Years later, it became one of the most popular cloud-based file storage companies in the world!
These are not new ways to approach investors, but it definitely works. As a business owner, you should remember that they are humans too, and they are not the type to take a hard sell from aspiring startups.
So, when pitching your great business, tell them why your product is important and why it’s needed in the marketplace. Personal stories can attract investors when they see that you have heart and passion for your business!
3. Think like potential investors
Whether you’re reaching out to venture capitalists or angel investors, you need to think like them.
If you were to invest money in a company, how would you find out if they have what it takes to be established in the industry? You ask them tough questions.
From your business model to your target market, you need to be able to answer everything with confidence. You should also be familiar with the investment process and what’s expected.
Some offer small initial funding injections, while others secure funding for later-stage expansion (Series, A example). What investors you seek depends mostly on how far you’ve grown your company and how much control you’re willing to give up.
Try these questions:
- What will your daily business operations look like?
- Are you ready to hire a team, and how will you delegate tasks?
- What are your thoughts on expanding your business in the future?
- What are the risks and challenges associated with your business?
- What is your exit strategy?
Investors want a well-thought-of business that has the potential to scale. So, when you’re preparing for your pitch, always think about how your company will grow in the future.
4. Ask for advice and learn tips
Attracting investors is not an easy feat. You will have to go through many rejections, but that’s okay. It’s part of the process of raising money, and it only makes you stronger.
One way to ease your journey is to ask for advice. Instead of begging them to invest in your business, you may ask them to give honest feedback on potential flaws with the way things are currently being handled.
Some may even give tips that may help expedite any future funds much more quickly than if there were no such relationship established beforehand. So, take every rejection as an opportunity to improve!
You’ll never know what they may say that could help you along the way.
5. Try the organic soft-sell
Networking events and meetups are a great way to connect organically with investors. You never know whom you might run into, so it’s important to be involved in the investing community.
Many meetings with investors are formed when I go to a conference or discuss a business idea. Obviously, this is awkward. Do they have to stop selling their products for money to sell it? Probably not. But, there is a way to bring your businesses to the table: soft sell pitching.
A soft sell pitch is a low-pressure way to introduce your business idea to someone. You’re not asking them for money or anything of value. You’re simply sharing what you’re passionate about. Here’s how you can start:
Attend a startup accelerator
Events are where you’ll find investors who are on the lookout for new ventures. So, keep track of the upcoming conferences in your area or even outside the city.
Prepare an elevator pitch
Investors are busy people, and they probably have a long line of eager startups who are just as desperate as you are. A 5-minute pitch is all you need to get their attention.
Keep in touch
After you’ve made that initial connection, don’t forget to keep in touch! Send potential investors an email or connect with them on social media. You never know when they might be ready to invest.
It may sound like a desperate move, but other entrepreneurs have done organic soft-selling. Most times, it works out for the best!
6. Have a great team
In today’s world, it’s not impossible to build a local startup on your own. Many may have done it in the past years. For instance, Stardew Valley was created by one person, and it was a huge success. But it’s not a feat that other professionals can do.
But, if you’re looking to attract investors, you need to show them that you have a great team behind you that are ready to take your business on the road. They want to see that you have the right people in the right places, working together to make your vision come to
At the core of your business, here are the roles you want to fill in:
- Lawyer Officer
- HR Officer
By informing your investors about who is involved in your company, they’ll be secure knowing you can focus on doing essential business activities.
7. Be confident
This is essential if you want to attract investors. If you don’t believe in your startup, why should anyone else?
Even if you’ve been working on your startup for years and you’re sick of hearing about it, try to look interested when you’re talking to investors. They want to see that you’re passionate about what you’re doing!
Bonus Tip: Attract Investors by Wearing a Suit!
If you want to represent your business well, wear your best suit! It gives off the impression that you’re professional and that you’re taking your business seriously.
Pair it with a persuasive presentation, a proven track record, and a great business partner by your side, and you’re one step closer to getting funded!
Let’s Work Together!
The right investor can make all the difference for your start up business. But how can you show them that there will be a great return on their investment?
Let’s work together to create an MVP! An MVP will provide investors with a glimpse of your product or service and how it works in the real world. By having a working prototype, you’ll increase your chances of finding people who want to invest!
StarTechUP can be the first investment to grow your business. We offer consultations that will help you validate your product, get feedback from customers, and generate revenue. With an MVP in hand, you’ll be able to show potential investors.
Don’t miss your chance to get funded! Contact us today and see business results.