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There are many ways that entrepreneurs can raise money for their startup, including:

  • Bootstrapping: This involves using personal savings, credit cards, sales revenue, and other financial resources to fund the business.
    • Self-funding
    • Commitment to major customer
  • Crowdfunding: Raise small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically through an online platform. Crowdfunding is not only a potential source of non-dilutive capital, but is a great way to cheaply validate your business idea, and has become the most popular means of funding new businesses.
  • Angel investors: These are individuals who invest their own money in exchange for ownership equity in the company.
  • Venture capital: This is funding provided by firms or funds to startups in exchange for ownership equity. In Michigan, the Michigan Venture Capital Association is a great resource for connecting with both Angels and VCs.
  • Bank loans: loans provided by banks or other financial institutions to businesses. Usually they'll require a business plan, a business bank account, and some collateral.
  • Incubators and accelerators: These organizations provide funding, mentorship, and other resources to help startups grow. Famous examples are Y Combinator and Tech Stars.
  • Government grants: These are funds provided by government agencies to support the development of new technologies or businesses. Usually they are available for businesses in specific industries that the government is interested in strengthening and growing.
  • Partnering or licensing: This involves partnering with another company or licensing your technology to them in exchange for funding. Often one partner provides critical intellectual property or contacts while the other partner provides funding.

I'll cover each of these in more detail in future blog posts.

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