Prominent VCs and angel investors may dominate the headlines with their big sticker investments, but personal loans and credit – along with investments from friends and family – make up the lion's share of funding for startups in the U.S.
According to recent data only 0.91 percent of startups are funded by angel investors, while a measly 0.05 percent are funded by VCs. In contrast, 57 percent of startups are funded by personal loans and credit, while 38 percent receive funding from family and friends.
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Like many entrepreneurs, Jim Martin built his big idea in the garage. Martin, a 55-year-old associate professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, fashioned a pedaling workstation from an old recumbent bicycle and some lumber. The bike-desk, he thought, would not only help deskbound workers pump off the pounds, it could also make a great business.
But Martin faced the classic start-up quandary: How to fund it? Building enough desks to launch a business could run $250,000. A traditional lender would be unlikely to stake him that much on an untried business. Was he willing to cash out his retirement and tap his daughters' college fund? "I guess I am just too conservative for that," Martin says.
Instead, he turned to the university's Technology Commercialization Office, which helps faculty convert research into businesses. It suggested a new tool for raising start-up cash — equity crowdfunding.
Profitant du mouvement de désintermédiation du financement de l'économie, les sociétés de gestion multiplient les créations de fonds de dette d'entreprise. Dernier exemple en date : Avenir PME Obligations, lancé par Twenty First Capital.
Small investments from a lot of people can equal a lot of money.
What it is: Crowdfunding is about persuading individuals to each give you a small donation -- $10, $50, $100, maybe more. Once you get thousands of donors, you have some serious cash on hand.
This has all become possible in recent years thanks to a proliferation of websites that allow nonprofits, artists, musicians -- and yes, businesses -- to raise money. This is the social media version of fundraising.
There are more than 600 crowdfunding platforms around the world, with fundraising reaching billions of dollars annually, according to the research firm Massolution.
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