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Raise Capital Program

✔️ More than 50k angel investors!

✔️ Find different funding sources!

✔️ Advanced AI matching system!

✔️ Experts and Investors' feedback!

Raise Capital

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  • We help businesses in getting funded from a huge global network of more than 50,000 angel investors and with VCs organized according to industrial and geographical interests. We help you find and connect your business with angel investors and Venture Capitals worldwide. Whether you are looking to raise $1M or $100M we help you find investors and VCs that are interested in investing in your project and we facilitate the introduction. We also help you pitch to other Venture capital firms, accelerators and incubators that will help you fund your startups.

  • It doesn’t matter how much money you need to raise for your startup, we will help you fund your startup and raise money in small amounts or on larger scales.

  • We facilitate introductions to angel investors and VCs. We also advise startups on how to pitch to angel investors, Venture capital firms, accelerators and incubators which will help you in raising funds for your startup more successfully.

  • We review the necessary documents (Pitch deck, business plan and financial forecast). We make recommendations and/or improvements. Our team will help you in preparing a professional pitch deck, business plan, and other raising capital documents.

  • We also recommend and advise on the valuation of your company and how to prepare the right plan to fund your startup successfully. We offer experts’ feedback when it comes to equity dilution, startup evaluation, and issuing shares.

  • Through our Raise Capital Program, you will be able to find and connect with angel investors and many other funding sources (get a grant, get a loan, get funded by a VC, and others) and then pitch with the right materials to a curated segment of angel investors and other funding sources. We will advise you on the right steps and recommendations of how to fund your startup and raise the capital and the money needed for starting your business or growing and scaling it. We will also work on introducing you to the right angel investors, government funds, grants, business loans (whether they are banks or other financial institutions), accelerators/incubators, crowdfunding platforms and different Venture Capital companies.

How will we help you fund your startup more successfully?

  • Pitching to 50,000 Angel Investors, Thousands of Venture Capitals, and Different Funding Sources


Our program covers almost all possible sources of raising capital by including many funding opportunities and provides you with solutions on how to overcome raising money challenges to help you get funding for your business.

 

We also help you fund your startup and raise money online through advising you on how to build a successful crowdfunding campaign to help you increase your chance of getting funded through crowdfunding platforms.

 

We are an online incubator and we have very good contacts with many partners, Venture capitalists, angel investors, government funds, NGOs, and other accelerators/incubators that can help in funding your startup and raising capital.

  • Increase your Chances of Getting Funded for your startup

We don’t just introduce you to investors but we first make sure that your current presentation is good enough and will get you the result you need. Otherwise, all of your efforts will go in vain as the angel investor, government fund or financial institution might get the wrong idea about the business and decide not to invest as a result.

 

The review team includes some of the most professional business plan, pitch deck, financial forecast consultants who have experience in this domain and some of the top angel investors who have spent 15 years already investing in different startups. The team will provide you with investors' feedback and work with you on implementing improvements. We grade the documents and assess the likelihood of success. We also estimate the number of angel investors that you have to approach to be able to fund your startup and raise the capital.

  • Raising Capital Plan

We will give our recommendation about the amount of money to be raised and how it should be invested, and on the best and most effective ways to find investors in your specific industry and stage. We would advise on the amount of equity you have to give and the money to be raised. This is usually a difficult decision especially for startups in early stages of investment.

Brief

 

Our Raise Capital helps you in raising the money needed for your business in the most efficient way by dedicating a team for that.


How it works

 

  • The team will include an expert in raising money plus 2-8 people who will be contacting angel investors and VCs and who will help in improving the pitching materials and offering constructive feedback.

  • We will use our own AI system that matches angel investors (50,000 angel investors) to startups based on the history of investment of the angel investor and their successful exists.

  • We will create a solid funding plan and match your startup or scaleup with different funding sources; local and global angel investors, VCs, grants, loans, and others.

  • We invest half of the money needed for the team and you should supply the other half.

  • The program’s duration is 3-6 months and it is automatically renewed for a year with no extra payments.

 

Payment and costs

 

FasterCapital covers 50% of the costs needed for the whole process. The founder should cover the other 50% that should be paid in advance in order to start the operations and the matching process directly.

 

Money back Guarantee: worse comes to worst, you can get a FULL refund!

 

We will plan with you based on practical and factual grounds but we know that funding a project is sometimes more than just numbers! In this program we guarantee that we will introduce you to angel investors and VCs. If we failed to do that over the period of raising capital, then you will get your money back or part of it depending on the results achieved. So for example, if we planned to introduce your startup to 1000 angel investors and we could only introduce you to 500, then you will get 50% of your money back. Our success rate so far is %92

FasterCapital covers 50% of the costs, the founder needs to cover the other 50% This amount of money should be secured prior to the matching process. This will cover the resources needed for the team and operations involved.

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Money back Guarantee

Pay only for results achieved!

We will study the opportunity of our collaboration and how FasterCapital can help and then we will list clear time-bound milestones that need to be met. Our team will do its best to deliver the best results in terms of quality, time frames, and offering the best technical and business insights. On the other hand, if the results were not met as planned you can get a refund and pay only for what have been achieved

Raise Capital Benefits

  1. The Right Approach to Funding your startup

    You need to know where you stand and what you need. Many entrepreneurs fail because their plans are unrealistic. Deciding to raise too much or too little money from an early stage is one of the mistakes that can lead to failure in funding their startup and raising capital. We advise you and offer a new perspective on what approach to adopt.

  2. Valuating your Startup

    Many entrepreneurs fail to value their business accurately. They might tend to overvalue it (considering the work time and effort they have given) or undervalue it (considering the difficulties they face in raising the capital). We give an objective assessment of your startup and how much its valuation is.

  3. Funding through Angel Investors

    FasterCapital has a strong network of more than 50,000 angel investors (some are listed here). We will help you to find and connect with as many angel investors as possible.
    Our investors network includes angel investors from different countries who are interested in investing in different industries (FinTech, EdTech, B2B, B2C AI, and others).
    We can also work with different stages, we have investors who are interested in early-stage, MVP stage, seed stage, series A stage and beyond.

  4. getting funded by VCs

    We will work with you on approaching Venture Capital firms and getting funded for your startup successfully. FasterCapital has established many partnerships with many VCs worldwide.

  5. crowdfunding your startup

    We will help you in creating improving and promoting your crowdfunding campaign through our network of angel investors and partners.

  6. Improve your Pitch DeckBusiness Plan, and Financial Forecasts,

    We help you first prepare the right documents. Without the right documents you have almost zero chance of funding your startup and raising the capital. Even if your idea is attractive and you have already passed the MVP stage, your chances of convincing an angel investor or getting funded by a Venture capital will be very low. You might be wasting weeks or even months without any results missing many opportunities.

  7. Find solutions for Fundraising Challenges

    Many entrepreneurs spend six months to one year to fund their startup and raise capital. To get investors’ attention you will be competing with a lot of professional and serial entrepreneurs which requires a good level of professionality and quality on your part too. In order to reach quicker results in raising capital, we make sure that your documents are well prepared, you have a clear vision and you can find and connect with investors quickly and effectively. We have a very big network of investors that are classified according to their interests in industries and countries. We will be selecting only those who could be interested, send them the details about your startup and introduce you to them.

How can you refer entrepreneurs to FasterCapital?

If you have read about this program and you know of a startup (or startups) that might be interested in this program or any of our other programs (four programs: Raise CapitalGrow your StartupTech Cofounder or Idea to Product) then we appreciate it if you can introduce them to us. You can join us as an individual (Representatives) or as an organization (Partners). Please fill either of these forms and we will contact you back. You can check the list of our representatives/regional partners (individuals) or partners (companies) worldwide. In either case you will be rewarded with equity in the startup(s) accepted that we will be buying back immediately from you (around $10k).

Raise Capital Acceptance Criteria

In order to join our Raise Capital program, the startup can be at any stage (even idea stage) and it can be located anywhere. We will never ask you to relocate. There are basically no prerequisites for acceptance. The goal of the program is to help the startup raise capital and find investors.
There’s, nonetheless, a fee associated with our services. The costs will be discussed from early on according to the case and the services you are interested in.

Raise Capital steps

  1. Value your startup

    Coming to a good valuation of your startup is a big challenge. Especially in their early stages, startups don’t have a clear record of revenues and are just relying on vague assumptions making it difficult to put a value on the business. We help you come to a fair valuation of your startup taking lots of parameters into account [including but not limited to: financial forecast, people behind the idea, MVM, profit margins, scalability, risk factors, and many more. We rely on different valuation methods to come to the best conclusions.

  2. Identify how much to raise

    We will help you examine many factors before deciding on the amount of money to raise. We help by tuning the amount to meet your expectation, the valuation of your startup, how much equity to give at each stage and what we believe you can raise.

  3. Reach out to different funding sources

    FasterCapital has a big network of investors (some are available on the website Investors network). Our investors are categorized according to their interest in certain industries and territories. We won’t be sending your pitch to hundreds of thousands of investors but rather we will match it with a small number of well-selected investors.

    FasterCapital will help you in creating and improving your crowdfunding campaign and in getting funded through crowdfunding platforms more successfully and effectively.

    FasterCapital has done a lot of partnerships with other Venture capital firms worldwide. We will be approaching them based on their interest and the stage of your startup.

  4. Review the Pitch Deck

    We help you write/review or improve your pitch deck. If you don’t have a business presentation, then we will gather as much info from you and then prepare a draft that you can review and discuss. If you already have one, then we will try to review, edit and highlight some of the shortcomings that we can see. We will also help in the design of the presentation to ensure its high quality.

  5. Review the Business plan

    We prepare/improve/review your current business plan. It’s absolutely important that your business plan is well-written, in a clear, concise, and comprehensive manner. An entrepreneur should also be able to discuss and explain the business plan when they are in a conference call or a meeting with an angel investor.

  6. Review the Financial model

    FasterCapital will help create/review and improve your financial model. We will discuss thoroughly and challenge the assumptions that you have and try to come up with several versions. Making sure assumptions are highlighted and different scenarios are created will allow us to pitch more confidently to angel investors and show them that we are prepared not only for best case scenarios.

Raise Capital Process

We need first to review the startup and its documents and we will prepare a list of suggested improvements. Once finished, we will start contacting angel investors, accelerators/incubators, venture capital, government funding and wait for their feedback. We will sometimes do a direct introduction for you to follow up with.

1. Submission

 A few minutes!

The entrepreneur has to submit the info of the project/startup by filling the Raise Capital brief form. We hope the entrepreneur will submit as much relevant info as necessary. There’s no need to submit any confidential information at this stage because we are in the assessment phase. So please submit whatever you feel is important to help us understand your startup, come with the right ideas on how to fund your startup, grow and expand it.

2. Initial Review

 One to two days

Our team will work on reviewing your applications and screening the opportunity. We will send you more info about the program and send questions to learn more about what you need and about the project.

3. Providing our offer and preparing for a call

 One week to two weeks

We will provide you with a pricing and possibly a discount based on the services that you have chosen. We will make a quick research about your competitors and try to forecast how the raising capital process will move forward for your business. We will have a call to discuss the offer in more detail with you.

4. Execution

 One month to three months

We will start working according to the plan we have agreed on. We can start reviewing and improving your business plan, financial operating model and pitch deck. We will also start contacting angel investors, accelerators/incubators, venture capitals, government funding and crowdfunding platforms. In some cases, we will do a direct introduction via email where the entrepreneur can check what they can do.

Raise Capital FAQs
Raise Capital Questions

Finding Angel Investors and venture capital (VCs)

Finding Angel Investors

How many investors and Venture Capitalists can FasterCapital introduce us to?


Depending on your budget and the needs of your startup, we can match you with a network of about 50,000 investors. We help you find and connect with angel investors and get funded through VCs that are already interested in the industry/stage/country your startup belongs to.




Can I limit my search for angel investors to be only in a specific country?


Yes. Our database can be easily filtered based on the country of the investor. You might want to sit down with the investor and make sure that they can contribute beyond just cash (smart money). Maybe your product is specific to a set of countries (Baltic, DACH, or Gulf) and you want to find an angel investor or a VC from these countries only. In our database, investors also have a preference on which countries they are willing to invest in. An investor in the US might choose to invest in India or not. We will also make sure to match and connect you with investors who usually invest in your country as well.




Will investors look into my financial projections? Can you help me with that?


Certainly. It’s one of the most important documents that you need to prepare. Any investor or investment institution is trying to make money by investing in your startup. So, it’s important to show that your startup will be generating good income in the future to prove to the angel investor or VC that they are making the right investment and that the value of their investment will grow with time. If you can’t show that your startup can generate good income then clearly this will keep many angel investors away.




What is the expected rate of return for Angel investors?


Most angel investors will expect to receive no less than 30%-40% annual returns on their early-stage and startup angel investment. This is not the ideal but it is acceptable. Ideally, they will be thinking of 100% annual returns on their investment. In an early-stage startup this could be easily accomplished as the value of your startup should be multiplied by 3x to 10x through the first year. You have to note that the angel investor sees your startup as riskier than you do. This is normal. You have been working on your startup for some time, You have done the right validation. They haven’t. For angel investors, your startup is only one of the candidates for investment and they want to be sure that it is not too risky for them and that the return of investment is as high as possible. Don’t promise investors a huge return of investment because, if unrealistic, this might send the wrong message.




Why would I raise money from angel investors?


Raising money from angel investors might be the path most startups are following. Angel investors are wealthy people who can invest early in a startup and can invest anything between $100k to $1M. They take equity in return and they want to invest in the new unicorn. Pitching and connecting with angel investors is very difficult because there’s a fierce competition going on and there are more ideas/entrepreneurs than there are angel investors. Economic situations also play an important role as investing in startups is one of the options for an angel investor. If the stock market is doing well, then they would rather invest in the stock market which offers a more safe investment although with less return.




What are the pros and cons of raising money from Venture capitalists?


Venture capital funds are actually managed by professional people who have in-depth insight into the industry and can provide great prospects for startups (in terms of growth, target segment, pricing, and many more). The advantage you get is that you have a strong partner on your side who is helping you verify the options that you are taking and monitor your progress. They can also give lots of insights about competitors and the industry to know how well you are performing in general and how well you are reaching your targets. You can also expect some free advice/mentorship that would have costed you lots of money otherwise. The disadvantages on the other hand are: it’s difficult to attract VCs when you are in a very early stage. Many would like to see a stable company that is generating more than 500k per year in sales. So it’s not suitable for early-stage funding. The Venture Capital is also not a long term partner, as soon as they recover their investment then they might leave. Also one of the main disadvantages is that the decision-making process will no longer be the entrepreneurs’ or the team’s responsibility as the Venture capital will sometimes interfere with the decisions of the startups and sometimes steer it away from its original mission/vision to make more money, for example.




How can you match my startup with the right angel investor(s)?


We have developed our own system that uses AI when we match your startup with the right angel investor. Our platform has the data of 50,000 angel investors and their contacts. We have their investment history, exits and how they invest in general. We will use those info and try to find the right investors for you. This will allow us to lower the number of angel investors to contact to help you reach a deal. We also have them all in our database, so maybe if you try to search for some of them then you can’t find them (mostly outside of your network).




Why matching with the right investor is important?


Simply because you don’t want to waste your time talking to hundreds of angel investors who might not be interested in the first place because you are outside of their investment strategy. It’s important to save that wasted time. It’s also important not to speak about your startup to a lot of people or else you will be creating potential competitors and probably copy-catters.




What are the future effects/results of raising the money from investors on my startup?


Investors who are funding your project with their money expect to have shares in the business. There are no hidden negative effects as long as you know what you are doing and are approaching the right investors. The equity investors will get depends on which stage you are at and the valuation of your startup. During the program, we will help you estimate the valuation of your startup and have an idea about what a fair equity for potential investors should look like.




What rounds of funding are supported during the program?


The program supports a very wide range of stages and funding rounds as the investors network includes angel investors who are interested in investing in Early-Stage, Idea-Stage, Seed-Stage, MVP-Stage, among others. We can help idea stage startups find and connect with angel investors and we will work with the team on writing and reviewing the documents used for approaching investors (Business Plan, Pitch, Deck, Financial Forecasts). We also help seed-stage companies get matched with investors and venture capitals worldwide. We also work on improving the approach and pitching skills employed. Whether you are in your early, idea, Pre-MVP, MVP, Post-MVP, Seed, Series A, round of funding, then the program will help you in funding your startup and raising the money you need and in finding and connecting with angel investors.




Why would I need your services to find an investor/angel investor for my startup? I can do that on LinkedIn and other sites?


Yes, you surely can, but it’s a difficult and lengthy process. You have to note several things:
A. On social networks, you are limited to your own 2nd or 3rd which might not include a lot of angel investors.
B. You can’t filter investors based on their territories or preferences nor can you limit your search to investors who are still interested in the domain you have.
C. Finding angel investors then adding them is a time demanding process. Most of these angel investors are being approached by hundreds of other entrepreneurs like yourself who are looking to raise money for their startups and they can’t cope with this huge amount of requests. So your efforts will end up in a buried message in their inbox or your invitation will not be accepted in the first place.
D. In many cases those angel investors would prefer a recommendation coming from one of their network/friends than a cold message landing in their inbox. That is exactly what we offer in many cases.
E. There’s always a risk that an angel investor will find the idea interesting and try to copy-cat it using their own network and teams. This is the worst case scenario that can happen to you. We know that execution is important and that you will be executing the idea in a much better way because you have given it much more thought or because you have left lot of things out of the pitch deck/business model but still you don’t want to run to such risk!
That is why we provide our services. It will save you time. You can find and connect with angel investors who are beyond your network. We will be filtering them based on their preferences and then we can have a glimpse on whether they will be interested in your startup or not depending on these metrics. Those who are interested will be introduced to you later.




What is the real challenge of finding funds for my startup?


There are actually a lot of challenges. First, you need to find potential sources of funding for your startup (finding angel investors,getting funded by a venture capital, accelerators/incubators, banks loans..etc) and then you need to convince the other party to give you the money needed. There are lots of details in this process such as the amount of money to raise, equity to be given, other conditions such as voting power or ownership of the startup. It all depends on how well you are connected with the financial institutions or wealthy people (angel investors, super riches). It all depends on your ability to convince them to give you the money and on how good your business plan and pitch deck are. An investor will always be thinking about the risks and gains involved.




How will the process go? Will you introduce me directly to angel investors?


We will first analyze what you need and recommend how to get the funding for you startup. We can use a combination of several funding options (getting funded through angel investors, getting funded by a Venture capital, getting bank loans, government funding, crowdfunding your startup, getting small business grants, etc.) We will discuss such a plan with you and then we will use our own AI system to match your startup with the right angel investor(s). We will then approach those angel investors on your behalf (using multiple methods) and update you when there's any interest. Of course, it's always better if you do the pitching yourself.




I give up! I have been looking for investors for more than 3 months. I have contacted a lot but few are returning my calls and I give up!


We understand how frustrating it can be. Most probably, the problem is that you are trying to approach people who might not be interested or are not looking to invest in your startup. Let’s do a quick calculation. Let's assume you can reach around 30 angel investors per day (which is already a lot). Of course, this will be time-consuming as you need to search and find them but let's assume you can reach that number. The response rate that you can expect without a good filter is around 1%-5%. Usually, those are the angel investors that return your hellos. Out of those that respond back only a fraction of 5%-10% will be ready to move forward. So if you need to find funding from angel investors for your startup, you have to contact on average around 600 to 6000 angel investors. The range is wide because there are lots of other factors like the industry of your startup, the stage, and how convincing your business plan/pitch deck is. On average, you will need 20 days to 200 days to reach 3 angel investors who might be willing to sit down and discuss term sheets with you. It's that difficult!
So, quick pieces of advice:
1. Don't try to do it if you don't have the right material: a professional pitch deck, a professional business plan, and a professional financial forecast in terms of content and form.
2. Try to consider FasterCapital's Raise Capital program as you will be saving yourself a lot of time and effort by leaving it to professional people who have the connections (50,000 angel investors) and the right matching algorithm. After all, it will cost you at least 20 days in the optimized scenario.
3. We didn't mention that finding more and more investors at some point will become more and more challenging. Everybody's network is limited and to reach 6000 investors, you might need to spend extra efforts expanding your network.




Can you help me reach investors in multiple rounds of funding?


Yes. If you have already joined the Raise Capital program, connected with the right investors and raised the amount of money you needed, but after a while you needed to raise more money for the next round, then you can join the program and we will work with you on the new round.




What are the chances I might not get chosen by any investor after applying to your program?


The chances of this happening are very low, as our team will be fully engaged and committed in preparing all of the documents you need step by step and will contact investors on your behalf. The segment of investors and VCs contacted is curated by matching your startup and the preferences of the investing party.




Does FasterCapital invest in startups joining the program?


Does FasterCapital invest in startups joining the program? A. In Raise Capital program, we don’t invest in startups ourselves. We help you find and connect with angel investors and other investment institutions ( getting funded by venture capitals, banks, other incubators/accelerators). We match you with the right angel investors based on the industry of your startup (FinTech, EdTech, B2B, B2C, AI, Media, Entertainment, Agritech, Food, etc.), its stage (seed funding, pre MVP, post MVP, series A funding) and the history of investment of the angel investor.
B. In our other programs “Technical cofounder” and Grow Your startup, we do invest ourselves but we provide only 50% of the capital needed.





Funding Through Loans and Grants for Startups

Can you help us in getting grants/loans from Banks as a source of raising capital?


Yes, we can introduce you to banks in your country/offshore that can help you by offering loans/grants.





Funding for Early-Stage, Seed Stage, Advanced Stage Startups

What are the stages that you can invest in? (idea? early stage? growth?)


We work with different stages and offer different services to each. If your startup is in the idea stage we can help in building and developing the product while covering 50% of the costs ( Tech Cofounder Program) and if your startup is in an advanced stage and you have built a product, we can help with sales, growth, and marketing services also while covering 50% of the costs ( Grow your Startup Program)




Do you deal with later-stages startups or just early stages?


We are ready to help any startup that needs technical support regardless of its stage. We also work with startups from advanced stages - SeriesA, SeriesB, and beyond - that are looking for business development (sales marketing and growth) services.




Do you invest in seed funding?


Yes. Seed funding is the most challenging round of funding for any entrepreneur. In Raise Capital, we help the early stage entrepreneur fund their startup and raise money from different sources. We try to help them prepare a plan for raising capital. We target super angel investors who are interested in investing in startups that are in the seed stage. If you are looking for seed funding, then many angel investors or VCs will tell you that your idea is interesting but they will demand a demonstrated record of traction and sales. So the real challenge is to boot your startup/idea from the ground up.





Creating a Funding Road map

How do I create a funding roadmap?


It’s important that we work together on creating a plan for funding your startup and raising capital. We will consider the current stage that you are in, the amount of money that you want to raise, the people that we need to talk to, and make a clear schedule of when to approach each investor/VC or bank. A funding roadmap is a plan of capital raising that is beyond the current round of funding. Such a plan will include how much money you want to raise, when, and what kind of milestone to achieve in order to fund your startup and raise capital. For example, you can set a goal to raise capital when you reach a specific number of users, or when you have a specific net income or monthly income. You can set in advance the valuation of your company and how much money you need to raise. Of course, nothing will go exactly as planned because of unexpected events or the fluctuations of the market. But having a clear funding roadmap will show investors or investment institutions that you know what you are doing and you know where you are heading.





Fundraising

Finding Angel Investors

How many investors and Venture Capitalists can FasterCapital introduce us to?


Depending on your budget and the needs of your startup, we can match you with a network of about 50,000 investors. We help you find and connect with angel investors and get funded through VCs that are already interested in the industry/stage/country your startup belongs to.




Can I limit my search for angel investors to be only in a specific country?


Yes. Our database can be easily filtered based on the country of the investor. You might want to sit down with the investor and make sure that they can contribute beyond just cash (smart money). Maybe your product is specific to a set of countries (Baltic, DACH, or Gulf) and you want to find an angel investor or a VC from these countries only. In our database, investors also have a preference on which countries they are willing to invest in. An investor in the US might choose to invest in India or not. We will also make sure to match and connect you with investors who usually invest in your country as well.




Will investors look into my financial projections? Can you help me with that?


Certainly. It’s one of the most important documents that you need to prepare. Any investor or investment institution is trying to make money by investing in your startup. So, it’s important to show that your startup will be generating good income in the future to prove to the angel investor or VC that they are making the right investment and that the value of their investment will grow with time. If you can’t show that your startup can generate good income then clearly this will keep many angel investors away.




What is the expected rate of return for Angel investors?


Most angel investors will expect to receive no less than 30%-40% annual returns on their early-stage and startup angel investment. This is not the ideal but it is acceptable. Ideally, they will be thinking of 100% annual returns on their investment. In an early-stage startup this could be easily accomplished as the value of your startup should be multiplied by 3x to 10x through the first year. You have to note that the angel investor sees your startup as riskier than you do. This is normal. You have been working on your startup for some time, You have done the right validation. They haven’t. For angel investors, your startup is only one of the candidates for investment and they want to be sure that it is not too risky for them and that the return of investment is as high as possible. Don’t promise investors a huge return of investment because, if unrealistic, this might send the wrong message.




Why would I raise money from angel investors?


Raising money from angel investors might be the path most startups are following. Angel investors are wealthy people who can invest early in a startup and can invest anything between $100k to $1M. They take equity in return and they want to invest in the new unicorn. Pitching and connecting with angel investors is very difficult because there’s a fierce competition going on and there are more ideas/entrepreneurs than there are angel investors. Economic situations also play an important role as investing in startups is one of the options for an angel investor. If the stock market is doing well, then they would rather invest in the stock market which offers a more safe investment although with less return.




What are the pros and cons of raising money from Venture capitalists?


Venture capital funds are actually managed by professional people who have in-depth insight into the industry and can provide great prospects for startups (in terms of growth, target segment, pricing, and many more). The advantage you get is that you have a strong partner on your side who is helping you verify the options that you are taking and monitor your progress. They can also give lots of insights about competitors and the industry to know how well you are performing in general and how well you are reaching your targets. You can also expect some free advice/mentorship that would have costed you lots of money otherwise. The disadvantages on the other hand are: it’s difficult to attract VCs when you are in a very early stage. Many would like to see a stable company that is generating more than 500k per year in sales. So it’s not suitable for early-stage funding. The Venture Capital is also not a long term partner, as soon as they recover their investment then they might leave. Also one of the main disadvantages is that the decision-making process will no longer be the entrepreneurs’ or the team’s responsibility as the Venture capital will sometimes interfere with the decisions of the startups and sometimes steer it away from its original mission/vision to make more money, for example.




How can you match my startup with the right angel investor(s)?


We have developed our own system that uses AI when we match your startup with the right angel investor. Our platform has the data of 50,000 angel investors and their contacts. We have their investment history, exits and how they invest in general. We will use those info and try to find the right investors for you. This will allow us to lower the number of angel investors to contact to help you reach a deal. We also have them all in our database, so maybe if you try to search for some of them then you can’t find them (mostly outside of your network).




Why matching with the right investor is important?


Simply because you don’t want to waste your time talking to hundreds of angel investors who might not be interested in the first place because you are outside of their investment strategy. It’s important to save that wasted time. It’s also important not to speak about your startup to a lot of people or else you will be creating potential competitors and probably copy-catters.




What are the future effects/results of raising the money from investors on my startup?


Investors who are funding your project with their money expect to have shares in the business. There are no hidden negative effects as long as you know what you are doing and are approaching the right investors. The equity investors will get depends on which stage you are at and the valuation of your startup. During the program, we will help you estimate the valuation of your startup and have an idea about what a fair equity for potential investors should look like.




What rounds of funding are supported during the program?


The program supports a very wide range of stages and funding rounds as the investors network includes angel investors who are interested in investing in Early-Stage, Idea-Stage, Seed-Stage, MVP-Stage, among others. We can help idea stage startups find and connect with angel investors and we will work with the team on writing and reviewing the documents used for approaching investors (Business Plan, Pitch, Deck, Financial Forecasts). We also help seed-stage companies get matched with investors and venture capitals worldwide. We also work on improving the approach and pitching skills employed. Whether you are in your early, idea, Pre-MVP, MVP, Post-MVP, Seed, Series A, round of funding, then the program will help you in funding your startup and raising the money you need and in finding and connecting with angel investors.




Why would I need your services to find an investor/angel investor for my startup? I can do that on LinkedIn and other sites?


Yes, you surely can, but it’s a difficult and lengthy process. You have to note several things:
A. On social networks, you are limited to your own 2nd or 3rd which might not include a lot of angel investors.
B. You can’t filter investors based on their territories or preferences nor can you limit your search to investors who are still interested in the domain you have.
C. Finding angel investors then adding them is a time demanding process. Most of these angel investors are being approached by hundreds of other entrepreneurs like yourself who are looking to raise money for their startups and they can’t cope with this huge amount of requests. So your efforts will end up in a buried message in their inbox or your invitation will not be accepted in the first place.
D. In many cases those angel investors would prefer a recommendation coming from one of their network/friends than a cold message landing in their inbox. That is exactly what we offer in many cases.
E. There’s always a risk that an angel investor will find the idea interesting and try to copy-cat it using their own network and teams. This is the worst case scenario that can happen to you. We know that execution is important and that you will be executing the idea in a much better way because you have given it much more thought or because you have left lot of things out of the pitch deck/business model but still you don’t want to run to such risk!
That is why we provide our services. It will save you time. You can find and connect with angel investors who are beyond your network. We will be filtering them based on their preferences and then we can have a glimpse on whether they will be interested in your startup or not depending on these metrics. Those who are interested will be introduced to you later.




What is the real challenge of finding funds for my startup?


There are actually a lot of challenges. First, you need to find potential sources of funding for your startup (finding angel investors,getting funded by a venture capital, accelerators/incubators, banks loans..etc) and then you need to convince the other party to give you the money needed. There are lots of details in this process such as the amount of money to raise, equity to be given, other conditions such as voting power or ownership of the startup. It all depends on how well you are connected with the financial institutions or wealthy people (angel investors, super riches). It all depends on your ability to convince them to give you the money and on how good your business plan and pitch deck are. An investor will always be thinking about the risks and gains involved.




How will the process go? Will you introduce me directly to angel investors?


We will first analyze what you need and recommend how to get the funding for you startup. We can use a combination of several funding options (getting funded through angel investors, getting funded by a Venture capital, getting bank loans, government funding, crowdfunding your startup, getting small business grants, etc.) We will discuss such a plan with you and then we will use our own AI system to match your startup with the right angel investor(s). We will then approach those angel investors on your behalf (using multiple methods) and update you when there's any interest. Of course, it's always better if you do the pitching yourself.




I give up! I have been looking for investors for more than 3 months. I have contacted a lot but few are returning my calls and I give up!


We understand how frustrating it can be. Most probably, the problem is that you are trying to approach people who might not be interested or are not looking to invest in your startup. Let’s do a quick calculation. Let's assume you can reach around 30 angel investors per day (which is already a lot). Of course, this will be time-consuming as you need to search and find them but let's assume you can reach that number. The response rate that you can expect without a good filter is around 1%-5%. Usually, those are the angel investors that return your hellos. Out of those that respond back only a fraction of 5%-10% will be ready to move forward. So if you need to find funding from angel investors for your startup, you have to contact on average around 600 to 6000 angel investors. The range is wide because there are lots of other factors like the industry of your startup, the stage, and how convincing your business plan/pitch deck is. On average, you will need 20 days to 200 days to reach 3 angel investors who might be willing to sit down and discuss term sheets with you. It's that difficult!
So, quick pieces of advice:
1. Don't try to do it if you don't have the right material: a professional pitch deck, a professional business plan, and a professional financial forecast in terms of content and form.
2. Try to consider FasterCapital's Raise Capital program as you will be saving yourself a lot of time and effort by leaving it to professional people who have the connections (50,000 angel investors) and the right matching algorithm. After all, it will cost you at least 20 days in the optimized scenario.
3. We didn't mention that finding more and more investors at some point will become more and more challenging. Everybody's network is limited and to reach 6000 investors, you might need to spend extra efforts expanding your network.




Can you help me reach investors in multiple rounds of funding?


Yes. If you have already joined the Raise Capital program, connected with the right investors and raised the amount of money you needed, but after a while you needed to raise more money for the next round, then you can join the program and we will work with you on the new round.




What are the chances I might not get chosen by any investor after applying to your program?


The chances of this happening are very low, as our team will be fully engaged and committed in preparing all of the documents you need step by step and will contact investors on your behalf. The segment of investors and VCs contacted is curated by matching your startup and the preferences of the investing party.




Does FasterCapital invest in startups joining the program?


Does FasterCapital invest in startups joining the program? A. In Raise Capital program, we don’t invest in startups ourselves. We help you find and connect with angel investors and other investment institutions ( getting funded by venture capitals, banks, other incubators/accelerators). We match you with the right angel investors based on the industry of your startup (FinTech, EdTech, B2B, B2C, AI, Media, Entertainment, Agritech, Food, etc.), its stage (seed funding, pre MVP, post MVP, series A funding) and the history of investment of the angel investor.
B. In our other programs “Technical cofounder” and Grow Your startup, we do invest ourselves but we provide only 50% of the capital needed.





Funding Through Loans and Grants for Startups

Can you help us in getting grants/loans from Banks as a source of raising capital?


Yes, we can introduce you to banks in your country/offshore that can help you by offering loans/grants.





Funding for Early-Stage, Seed Stage, Advanced Stage Startups

What are the stages that you can invest in? (idea? early stage? growth?)


We work with different stages and offer different services to each. If your startup is in the idea stage we can help in building and developing the product while covering 50% of the costs ( Tech Cofounder Program) and if your startup is in an advanced stage and you have built a product, we can help with sales, growth, and marketing services also while covering 50% of the costs ( Grow your Startup Program)




Do you deal with later-stages startups or just early stages?


We are ready to help any startup that needs technical support regardless of its stage. We also work with startups from advanced stages - SeriesA, SeriesB, and beyond - that are looking for business development (sales marketing and growth) services.




Do you invest in seed funding?


Yes. Seed funding is the most challenging round of funding for any entrepreneur. In Raise Capital, we help the early stage entrepreneur fund their startup and raise money from different sources. We try to help them prepare a plan for raising capital. We target super angel investors who are interested in investing in startups that are in the seed stage. If you are looking for seed funding, then many angel investors or VCs will tell you that your idea is interesting but they will demand a demonstrated record of traction and sales. So the real challenge is to boot your startup/idea from the ground up.





Creating a Funding Road map

How do I create a funding roadmap?


It’s important that we work together on creating a plan for funding your startup and raising capital. We will consider the current stage that you are in, the amount of money that you want to raise, the people that we need to talk to, and make a clear schedule of when to approach each investor/VC or bank. A funding roadmap is a plan of capital raising that is beyond the current round of funding. Such a plan will include how much money you want to raise, when, and what kind of milestone to achieve in order to fund your startup and raise capital. For example, you can set a goal to raise capital when you reach a specific number of users, or when you have a specific net income or monthly income. You can set in advance the valuation of your company and how much money you need to raise. Of course, nothing will go exactly as planned because of unexpected events or the fluctuations of the market. But having a clear funding roadmap will show investors or investment institutions that you know what you are doing and you know where you are heading.





Writing Pitch Deck & Raising Money

Writing a Pitch Deck and a Business Plan

How will you improve my pitching materials and presentation?


Our team will work on the content and the design of your Pitch Deck or Pitch Presentation. Investors in our network will give feedback and expertise on what would work best and what should be done.
We will also help in reviewing and improving your business plan. We create catchy and high-quality materials/files as a base to increase your chances of receiving investment in the near future.




Can FasterCapital work on separate packages; reviewing and improving only the pitch deck/presentation?


Yes, we can work on reviewing and improving only one type of documents. We can also work on different combinations. Our packages are diverse and inclusive. We can discuss the package in more detail after you send us the information by filling the form.




Will we first work on reviewing the materials (Pitch Deck, Business Plan, Financial Forecast) before matching with investors? What is the importance of this step?


Raising capital for your startup is a tedious and a lengthy process. You will have to do a lot of pitches in front of angel investors and this is both time consuming and a tedious process. All of these efforts will go in vain if your pitch is not good or not well prepared. That is why FasterCapital’s team believes that the first step is to review and improve your pitch deck. You need to be sure that your pitch deck is fundable, attracts attention, mentions all the details of the business and that you can present it in a short period of time (mostly less than 3 minutes). You also need to practice the pitch before you have the chance to do it in front of an angel investor.
Your Business plan is also a very important document. Many entrepreneurs overlook it because they don’t use it in their pitches but all angel investors or any other investment institution will take a deep look at the business plan and will surely come back with questions about your assumptions or the details of the plan that you have. It’s very important that this document is written and detailed or or else you will give the impression that you don’t know what you are doing.
The Financial forecast is the most important document for any angel investor, VCs or accelerator/incubator. It details the money flow of the startup, the expenses, and how both are in a balanced state that can ensure your business will bring good revenues with time. We will give you a full report about what works, what is missing, and what might cause a problem from an investor's point-of-view. We will also provide a detailed list of actions/suggestions that you have to use to improve your pitch, business plan, or financial forecast. We will debate false assumptions and present different potential scenarios for you.




How to prepare a plan for funding?


planning to fund your startup and raise capital is very important because it might mean the death of your startup if not done properly or correctly. The first advice is not to raise too much money. At each stage consider only one or two goals that you want to achieve. Angel investors dislike it when the entrepreneur is planning to raise a lot of money from an early stage. They prefer to see you move forward in clear steps following agile and lean methodologies. You should be able to have a clear plan on the milestones and how much to raise at each stage and how much equity to give. Of course this plan will be theoretical because a lot of things could change from now and then that might affect your startup or the industry you are in. But having a clear plan is very important as it will clarify to you what you need to do at each stage and making such plans transparent to angel investors will also allow them to assess and see the gain that they might be making.




Do I need to already have pitch deck and business plan in order to apply?


No. if you do not have a pitch deck, our team will work with you on preparing professional documents; pitch deck, business plan, and financial forecasts/sheets. If you already have prepared your documents we will work on improving them and highlighting some of the shortcoming that we can see depending on our investors’ and experts’ feedback. Regarding the business plan, it will be preferable if you at least had an idea where you’re heading, so we can start from there and help you create a business plan and that is clear concise, well-written and convincing to investors.





Raising Money for Startups

What is the right amount to raise for my startup?


This is something we determine together when we are working on your startup. We would like to study what your essential needs are. If you are in an early stage funding then in many cases you don’t need as much money as you think. You just need to go to the next stage with the minimum amount of money raised. We will also take into account your current cash-burn rate and try to optimize it. We always advise entrepreneurs on focusing on one or two goals maximum when they are raising capital. It is not very advisable to raise capital for more than two goals as investors will feel that you don’t know exactly where you are heading.




Why raise money in the first place?


Without raising money, your startup will most probably die. The amount of money that the startup needs exceeds in most cases what the founder or founders can put together. If you are in a situation where you can provide part of the money or half of the money then you can consider one of our other programs: Technical cofounder or Grow your Startup where we provide technical development per equity or business development per equity.




Is it necessary for startups to raise money by funding?


It is necessary to raise money at some point in your startup’s life. Funding is key in order to reach a point where you can already cover the costs and the bills without having to depend on funding from external parties. However, this might take some time and your startup should be producing revenues and attracting customers. You will probably need about 5 rounds of funding in order to have the chance of making ends meet and in order to actually make money. Technical development and scaling will need the money that you probably do not have at earlier stages.