Every day I receive new requests on how to get in touch with the right investor and how to attract capital to scale up its Startup.
Of course the best way is to rely on a qualified Advisor, who has contacts with the world of Venture Capitals and can organize a road show for presenting it to Startup Venture Funds, Business Angels, Business Banking, Club of Angels.
You can also instruct operations related to risk capital from public funds. Today many Italian regions invest in startup with operations in equity, through the funds dedicated to the development of Startup highly innovative and technological value by creating many jobs in their territories. Many calls do not even require that the Startup is legally constituted under submission of the application, just a good and convincing project if awarded you have 30 days to establish it.
It’s possible also be able to be financed by European instruments of Horizon 2020 program providing for a fund lost 75% to 100%. SME instruments, a program dedicated to SMEs, in Phase 1 provides a non-repayable grant of 50,000 Euro for each submitted and approved project. According to the executive program approved in the second phase you can get a loan of 500,000 euros to 2.5 million euros.
Another option is to access finance through the debt operations. In this case you can use very advantageous tools for Startup registered in the register of Innovative Companies that allow you to get more easy and convenient guarantees as defined by the Law Decree 179/2012. The entry into force of the criteria and simplified procedures for access to the Guarantee Fund was notified by circular n MCC. 652 of 26 July 2013 and provides that the operation should not be assisted by additional guarantees beyond those of the Fund. In such cases, the Fund intervenes for a maximum guaranteed amount of 2.5 million euro and the extent of the direct guarantee of 80% of the amount disbursed.
There are also public debt instruments, such as Invitalia calls as Smart & Start, which allow you to obtain financing at a zero or minimal interest rate with a medium to long-term repayment.
It’s possible also use the equity crowdfunding, ie platforms that launch of the collection via the web capital campaigns on innovative projects and startups, collecting online capital. In Italy it was normed the ability to manage equity crowdfunding platforms by a 2013 regulation issued by Consob. One of the most used by the market is KickStarter platforms.
Let us finally to a tool that few use but very powerful: the matching portals between Investors and Startups. These are platforms that aggregate from a side companies and startups, and other investors who are looking for interesting deals for its area. The portal becomes the facilitation instrument to matching.
Some examples are:
Opportunity network – https://www.opportunitynetwork.com/: It ‘a very good platform, born from the brilliant idea of a young Italian landed in the US, I had the pleasure of meeting in December in New York, Brian Pallas, which today it is valued at over 150 million dollars and has already opened offices around the world
Axial – http://www.axial.net: It ‘s very good platform that enables the matching of investors and Startup. It has already concluded over 500 million dollar operations
CrunchBase – www.crunchbase.com: it’s the Wikipedia of Startup. It’s, now, a tool for investors to have information on each Startup.
Match Capital – www.matchcapitaluk.com: It ‘s very good platform that operates by placing the focus on the startup world. It looms the Startup, it activates the research profile of the ‘Investor you want and the system automatically puts in contact with the Startup profiles best suited to that type of investment facilitating the matching.
Thundering herd – www.thunderingherd.com: It ‘s market of continuous opportunities for investors, where the Startups are presented and put on display.
Venture connects – www.ventureconnects.com: It ‘s known platform which brings together investors and Startup favoring the matching through the portal
Gust – www.gust.com/startups: It ‘s platform for Startuo and helps entrepreneurs to manage the fund raising process.
Angel list – www.angel.co: It ‘s popular platform that contains a list of every startup and used by the Ventures
These few examples represented, make sure the idea of how many possibilities there are to be able to finance a project.
Experience teaches us that if the idea is a winner, the team is consolidated and the clear vision and the money always come right away.