There were times when people had big dreams but not enough money to realize them. Young creative minds had brilliant business ideas but lacked funds to ‘startup’.
The good news is that starting a business is not a distant dream now in the era of ‘Venture Capitalism’.
Business leaders Chris Kape and Richard Mackellar offer advice on Investing in Emerging Businesses.
What is Venture Capitalism?
It is the process of investing in innovative startups having high-profit potential. A Venture Capitalist (VC) is an individual or a company that invests in high potential businesses. They choose to fund a venture in anticipation of long-term growth and high returns. The money invested in a startup is ‘venture capital’.
A venture capitalist can function as an individual, but they usually operate through a venture capitalist firm by pooling money from different VCs. The participating members of a venture capitalist firm can be a wealthy individual, insurance companies, pension funds, and the like.
How Venture Capitalists function
A Venture Capitalist provides funds to a startup in exchange for an equity position in the company. VCs look for a high growth company to churn maximum profits out of their investments. They have analysts to research and decide which businesses to invest. The VCs pay consulting charges to the analysts and make investments as per their calculations and reports. They take significant risks for high gains by investing in small businesses.
VCs get an equity portion of the company and rights to take significant decisions too.
Vancouver based Christopher Kape’s venture capital offers well-established and high standard service by demonstrating high financial competency.
Why new businesses seek Venture Capital
A non-established business doesn’t easily attract debt financing from financial institutions. New ventures lack cash flows and collateral at the startup stage to acquire debt financing. Moreover, other financial institutions don’t invest in startups due to their high-risk profile. Such new businesses sell a portion of their equity to venture capitalists for their investments.
While losing some of the ownership in a business has its downside, the VCs with their expertise can help a business grow and turn profitable in no time. Startups with a new idea but not much business experience take advantage of these business experts.
Venture Capitalists stick with a new company for a long duration, until it matures and opens its doors to public investments.
How businesses acquire venture capital
Not every business idea fetches venture capital. The VCs are very particular about the business they would want to risk their money in. Your business idea should be exciting and extremely promising for them to attract investments.
Facebook and Spotify received funds from Venture Capitalists.
Now, you know how unique and promising your business idea should be to capture a VC’s attention.
It is easier to pull VCs in your business if you have already passed the startup stage. Nevertheless, you will need a lot of momentum around your business, a promising outlook, awards and recognition, and big names to excite Venture Capitalists