Getting started as a venture capitalist is a risky but rewarding activity. Knowing the ins and outs of the company a venture capitalist might invest in is always of prime importance because this determines whether the risky investment will flop or pay off with above average results. Knowing exactly what venture capitalism is and what it means to be a venture capitalist is just as important. Research is required to become knowledgeable of exactly what to expect, especially since the majority of projects one invests in will fail, however, once that specific company is found that does succeed with a venture capitalist’s help the payoff can easily make up for previous lost investments. The article below is a good start on the road to determining if venture capitalism is for you and how to begin.
by: Low Jeremy
Venture capitalism is a system wherein a venture capitalist invests money in small and fledgling companies to finance its start up or restructuring with the hopes of greater yield in the years to come. Instead of providing a loan, venture capitalists exchange their investments for a stake in the company often in the form of shares, which they will later unload.
Often, venture capitalists target companies with innovative products and services, which they feel have the potential to become successful brands in the years to come. Other times, people with ideas for products and services seek venture capitalists with the hope of being provided with start-up funds. These are the people who are just starting in the industry and therefore have no access to other forms of traditional financing like those provided by banks and financial institutions.
Often, they will provide the company with about three to seven years’ support. Venture capitalism may seem really fruitful when it comes to generating profits but not all investments that venture capitalists go into pay off.
In fact, most of the companies that they invest on will probably fail to return their investments. Remember that investing in new or troubled business is pretty risky. According to statistics, about 20 to 90 percent fail. They, however, recoup their losses with the companies that do go well. The return of their investments can reach from 300 to about a thousand times over.
Oftentimes, venture capitalists do not only provide money for the company but also managerial and strategic advice. They will often help the company stand on their own feet when they are just starting. Venture capitalists can also help in terms of providing contacts and in opening doors of opportunities.
If you are looking for a venture capitalist, make sure that you have researched the person or the company thoroughly. This is because there are venture capitalists that are more into providing seed money for companies that are starting up. Others concentrate on investing funds for restructuring and expansion.
Those with high growth potentials are good investments for these venture capitalists especially those in fields that are rapidly expanding like Information Technology, Bio-Technology and the Life Sciences. There are some that specialize in buyouts, turnarounds and recapitalizations.
It is important that you choose the right venture capitalist on your project. Do your homework and find out whatever you can about the venture capitalist that you are targeting. Otherwise, you will only be wasting your time and will just be turned down by these people.
A company is formed after someone is able to invent something. Take for example Henry Ford who was able to invent the first vehicle using an engine instead of it being drawn by a horse. This classic example is just one of many. The only difference is during that time; Henry had the funds available so there was no need to borrow from the bank.
But these days, those who want to start something have to borrow money. A student who wants to continue further studies on a project has to be a given a grant from the school. In the world of business, the entrepreneur can go to a bank or get someone to work with as an investor and as a partner.
This partnership is better known as venture capitalism. The cycle looks for simple as an entrepreneur will prepare the details and then submit the proposal to an investor. If after rounds of meetings, everything is sound and both parties have agreed on the details, then the funds are released and the business can begin.
But the venture capital cycle is not just for startups. The same thing can also be done to help expand an existing business. The same details are prepared by the person with the hopes that the creditor will approve the request.
The time it takes to do the research to the moment the business becomes a reality takes months. This is because the entrepreneur will have to do the research first. This means checking on the feasibility of the business given the location and the market, the cost of the machines, sales projections and of course the return of investment.
When this is ready, the proposal is sent out to a list of prospective partners. Some people will respond quickly while there are those who don’t. This is because of the other proposals given by other entrepreneurs. There is usually a meeting that will happen if the documents submitted are promising. This will give the investor an idea of who the entrepreneur is. Some investors feel a good vibe and take it from there while those who don’t will turn down the proposal.
An effective way to make a good impression will be by answering each question instead of stuttering there which does no help at all. It won’t take long anymore after that to hear a response from the investor. The answer is either a yes or a no which could make the entrepreneur happy or strive harder.