5 Tips to Finding Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists

  • Do some research. Identify the most likely candidates by asking your accountant, banker and lawyer.
  • Keep an open mind—potential investors may be anywhere. According to Success magazine, one entrepreneur found an angel investor among the motorcyclists he rides with on weekends.
  • Surf the Web. Good places to start are www.nvca.org., the Web site of the National Venture Capital Association and www.mavf.com., the site of Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, a venture-capital firm in Bethlehem, PA.
  • Make presentations at venture capital forums or fairs. Your local university business school or Small Business Administration office should have information on such events.
  • Check your library or the Web for such references asPratt’s Guide to Venture Capital Sources and The Directory of Buyout Financing Sources, both published by Thomson Financial Securities Data atwww.tfsd.com.


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