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To find your "right" investor - I would create a profile. The starting point would be how much capital you require.
They are out there but you may have same problem as i do. see following.
- Most entrepreneurs in the region are untrained in how to identify and approach investors, how to credibly present their opportunities to investors, and how to make their companies attractive from an investment perspective.
- Much of the investment community in Atlanta is disengaged from entrepreneurs. They do not make themselves available to coach and teach entrepreneurs how to make their opportunities more financially attractive.
- Most "professional networking" meetings are attended neither by investors nor by executives of emerging high-growth companies. The mass of service providers and salesmen have scared them off.
- The few consultants who are competent to advise companies are prohibitively expensive.
- Most "professional networking" meetings are located in the parts of Atlanta to which are the least convenient for most investors to travel.
- Almost none of the investment community in Atlanta is willing to tolerate the risk associated with what used to be called true capital opportunities.
- Unscrupulous members of the business community attempt to monetize their rolodexes by promising introductions to potential "investors" in exchange for buying their professional services or for paying thousands of dollars to deliver presentations ("pay-to-pitch") to rooms of strangers. Others act as amateur brokers, seeking finder's fees for early-stage investments that result from their introductions. All of these forces create friction in the start-up market that prevents capital from locating investment opportunities.
- Successful entrepreneurs who achieve a successful high-value exit for their companies frequently withdraw from the entrepreneurial community, often because they realize that they lack the skill and experience to invest in other, Start-up companies to give someone else the chance that someone years ago gave them.
- The myths: Many entrepreneurs believe that there is no early capital available in Atlanta, and investors think there is a scarcity of quality investment opportunities. Neither is true, but the environment is dysfunctional and there are systematic characteristics of the environment that actively prevent capital and quality opportunities from finding one another.
I don't necessarily agree with your implication that it is "easier" to raise capital in San Francisco and Boston. Although there may be more investors - they are subjected to a higher "noise" level from would be entrepreneurs.
I agree with your first point that entrepreneurs don't know how to make their opportunities attractive to investors.
Thank you A very good point to consider. My respective is from atlanta only. My personal research just indicated that there are more individual's and group's in aforementioned markets then Atlanta. However I can see where they would be approached more in there respective market.
I would like to know a little more about your business, where are you located? How long have you been in business? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to help.
HAVE YOU ATTEMPTED TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR COMPANY PRIVATELY?
FACT - It is easier to attract private placement investment capital if your company's common stock is already publicly traded. A ticker symbol provides liquidity for shareholders and is a great corporate tool to attract private placement capital. This tool provides assurances to the restricted capital investors that there is a ‘light at the end of the tunnel" and they will be able to realize an eventual return on investment.
Advantages of Being Public
- A public offering of company stock will improve the company's net worth, enabling the company to obtain capital or borrow money on more favorable terms.
- A public company can more easily expand through acquisitions, using its own stock rather than depleting needed cash.
- The company may be better able to attract and retain more highly qualified personnel by offering stock options, bonuses, or other incentives involving company stock with an ascertainable market value.
- Through public ownership of its securities, the company may be in a position to gain prestige, become better known nationally, and improve its business operations.
- There is an easier possibility of converting debt to equity and to strengthen the company's balance sheet.
- An equity offering from a lender's perspective strengthens the financial condition of the company (reduces leverage).
- Future financing may be obtained more easily since the company can offer investors a security that is liquid, more freely tradable, with an ascertainable market value.
- Liquidity for the owners of the company, including founders, venture capital and other professional investors, can be achieved under Rule 144
- Taking a company public may enable the company to eliminate existing personal guarantees to lenders and others and generally allow the company to avoid any future personal guarantees.
- Establishing a public market for the stock usually allows the founders and owners to achieve a psychological sense of financial success and self-fulfillment and an exit strategy.
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We are a newly established company which is financed with our personal monies. We are quickly realizing that we will need additional funding to support the growth and viability of our organization. Are there any suggestions that can be offered on finding the right investors to join us in our growth with financial support? This is truly an unique and promising healthcare-related business. We are opened to investment options and support.