5 Places to Find Investors

5 Places to Find InvestorsYou’re an entrepreneur. You know all about networking and getting your pitch together. Now the only thing you have to do is get it in front of investors. Have you defined what kind of investor you’re looking for? If yes, you are well on your way to investments. So, where do you find those investors?

Here’s a list of places to find investors.

1. Conferences

You need to participate in your community. Whether you go to an entrepreneur conference or a conference more specifically targeting your area of business. You don’t always have to be presenting, you don’t always have to be pitching, but if you can get yourself in front of people, you will start to be a recognizable leader in your industry. You will inevitably meet people who will be interested in your business. So, always be prepared.

2. Follow your mentors

Your mentors didn’t get where they are alone, so you shouldn’t have to go it alone, either. Ask your mentors where they found their investors. Ask them how they went about it. Who knows? They might be willing to fund you. Or, they might know someone who is just looking for the right opportunity. Don’t be afraid to ask.

3. Go to school

Okay, I’m not saying you need to get a degree to be an entrepreneur. But, if you can find a school with a strong entrepreneurial program, you might be able to find some connection to investors through them. Also, it might be another way to network with like-minded people to share ideas and problems.

4. Like for a Venture Capital firm

Do a quick Google search to find local venture capital firms. You might find some good ones in your area. See if some look good for your business. Have they invested in similar businesses before? Are they looking to invest now? Go ahead and do your research before reaching out to contact them.

5. Online

With all the crowdfunding options now available to the public, it’s becoming a more and more popular way to raise money for your business. Whether with Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or Rock the Post, you can put your pitch on film and get yourself out on the web. Online crowdfunding isn’t just a set-and-forget way of raising money. You still have to do some legwork and get your project out there. Try pairing it with a press release as well as spreading your message through social media.

What are some unlikely places you have found investors? What did you say that landed the sale? Share in the comments below.

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Posted on January 29, 2014, in Biz Tips, Entrepreneur, Small Business and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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