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: 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

Venture Network of Iowa
The Venture Network of Iowa is operated through the Iowa Department of Economic Development. It showcases approximately 25 emerging businesses each year. Click here for more information.

List of Venture and Angel Funds serving Iowa
The Iowa Capital Investment Corporation (part of the state of Iowa) has been co-investing in angel and venture capital firms that want to serve businesses in Iowa. Click here for a list venture and angel funds operating in Iowa.

Plains Angels
The Plains Angels, based in Des Moines, invest in Midwest companies in the technology, agriculture and manufacturing industries Click here for more information about the Plains Angels.