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Angel investors and venture capital

Many dream of receiving millions of dollars because they have been backed by angel investors or venture capitalists. This takes an excellent business plan which shows the potential to earn millions of dollars, lots of networking, and a willingness to give up control of the business to let "the professionals" grow your business.

Angel investors and venture capitalists don't want to waste their time on small opportunities, so your business must be geared to grow to be a market leader in a short period of time.

Angel investors and venture capitalists also want a clear exit strategy, so your business needs to be designed so it can go public or be sold to another company within 2 to 3 years.

Angels and venture capitalists invest in their areas of expertise and focus on a particular stage of the business (seed capital, early stage, etc.). Networking to find the right fit is essential.

Some corporations can also act as angel investors if your product or service is adding significantly to their business. However many times they want full control, so they buy your company rather than investing in it.

Read this BEFORE you start looking for an angel:
Businessfinance.com has this free venture capital workbook

Raising Equity Learning Center
You can also find information and view videos about the equity market, creating a pitch and doing a deal at the Raising Equity Learning Center. Click here for more information

Videos and templates from the Wisconsin Angel Network
The Wisconsin Angel Network has developed videos and a presentation template to help people get venture funding. The National Venture Capital Association provides sample documents for a venture capital agreement. These documents try to fair, eliminating bias or hidden legal traps that might benefit the experienced venture capitalist. You should compare any documents that you have with this "best practices" agreement. Click here to go to the Model Venture Capital Financing Documents

Launch Tennessee Co-Investment
The State of Tennessee has funds to use with angel and venture funds to fund Tennessee businesses. Click here for information about the Launch Tennessee CoInvestment Fund

Tennessee Angel Fund (TAF)
Tennessee Angel Fund is a statewide angel co-investment fund that leverages the experience, expertise and capital of a network of angel investors to grow Tennessee-based early stage companies. TAF targets early stage companies that are raising equity capital in the $500,000 - $2,000,000 range, who expect to raise additional funds in later rounds. Click here for information about Tennessee Angel Fund

Meritus Ventures
Meritus Ventures is a venture capital fund that makes investments in private, expansion-stage companies in rural areas in central and southern Appalachia. Their investment area includes all of Tennessee. Click here for more information about Meritus Ventures

Nashville Capital Network and the Nashville Capital Network Angel Fund
The Nashville Capital Network has both venture and angel investors who invest in high growth potential businesses in Tennessee. Click here for more information about the Nashville Capital Network

TNInvestco
TNInvestco is a state-sponsored venture-capital type program for high-growth, transformational businesses. Click here for more information about TNInvestco