Venturing into a Finance Partnership; Venture Capital and Business Angel Finance Is One of the Main Ways in Which Ambitious Companies Can Fund Their Growth. Martin Hulls Looks at the Issues Involved

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Venturing into a Finance Partnership; Venture Capital and Business Angel Finance Is One of the Main Ways in Which Ambitious Companies Can Fund Their Growth. Martin Hulls Looks at the Issues Involved


ONE in three small business owners say venture capital is the best source of funding for growing businesses, while almost a quarter say business angels offer the best route. Yet just 12% actually use VC finance and a mere 2% get business angels to back them.

The obvious question this poses is: why? After all, cashflow is one of the top concerns for any business, particularly in the current climate.

For many businesses, these sources of finance represent a step into the unknown - while everyone has been to the bank, not many have outlined their ideas to a venture capitalist or a business angel.

Others are also reluctant at the prospect of what they see as handing over a degree of control of their company or a portion of their venture to a third party and are unsure of the consequences of such a step.

What is really required is someone who can demystify the process, outline the pros and cons and give unbiased, experienced advice. …

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