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Funding

The first step in finding the right funding solution for your business is understanding what’s available to you. That’s what this guide is here for. We’ll explain everything you need to know about small business funding including when to start looking for financing, the difference between equity and debt financing, and some of the top options from traditional small business loans to more creative funding solutions, like crowdsourcing.

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There are multiple sources of funding available for startups. However, the source of funding should typically match the stage of operations of the startup. Please note that raising funds from external sources is a time-consuming process and can easily take over 6 months to convert.

Ideation/
Pre-Seed Stage

This the stage where you, the entrepreneur, has an idea and are working on bringing it to life. At this stage, the amount of funds needed is usually small.

Validation/ Seed Stage

This is the stage where your startup has a prototype ready and you need to validate the potential demand for your startup’s product/service.

Early Traction / Series A Stage

This is the stage where your startup’s products or services have been launched in the market. Key performance indicators such as customer base, revenue etc. 

Scaling/ Series B & Above Stage 

At this stage, the startup is experiencing fast rate of market growth and increasing revenues. 

Initial Public Offering / Exit

Initial Public Offer (IPO) refers to the event where a startup lists on stock market for the first time.

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Why is Funding Required?


A startup might require funding for one, a few, or all of the following purposes. It is important that you, as an entrepreneur, are clear about why you are raising funds. You should have a detailed financial and business plan before you approach investors.

  • Prototype creation, product development, website/app development
  • Team hiring
  • Legal and consulting services for your startup
  • Raw materials and equipment
  • Licenses and certifications
  • Working capital
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Office space and other admin expenses




What are various types of Funding?


  • Equity Financing
Angel Investors, Self-financing, Family and Friends, Venture Capitalists, Crowd Funding, Incubators/Accelerators
  • Debt Financing
Banks, Non-Banking Financial Institutions, Government Loan Schemes (CGTMSE, Mudra Loan, Standup India)
  • Grants
Central Government, State Governments, Corporate Challenges, Grant Programs of Private Entities
  • Convertible Debt
  • SAFE Instruments




What are various Stages of Startups Funding?


There are multiple sources of funding available for startups. However, the source of funding should typically match the stage of operations of the startup. Please note that raising funds from external sources is a time-consuming process and can easily take over 6 months to convert. Ideation/Pre-Seed Stage This the stage where you, the entrepreneur, has an idea and are working on bringing it to life. At this stage, the amount of funds needed is usually small. Validation/Seed Stage This is the stage where your startup has a prototype ready and you need to validate the potential demand for your startup’s product/service. This is called conducting a ‘Proof of Concept (PoC)’, after which comes the big market launch. To do this, the startup will need to conduct field trials, test the product on a few potential customers, onboard mentors, and build a formal team. Early Traction/Series A Stage This is the stage where your startup’s products or services have been launched in the market. Key performance indicators such as customer base, revenue, app downloads, etc. become important at this stage. Funds are raised at this stage to further grow user base, product offerings, expand to new geographies, etc. Scaling/Series B & Above Stage At this stage, the startup is experiencing fast rate of market growth and increasing revenues. Initial Public Offering Initial Public Offer (IPO) refers to the event where a startup lists on stock market for the first time. Since the public listing process is elaborate and replete with statutory formalities, it is generally undertaken by startups with an impressive track record of profits and who are growing at a steady pace. One of the benefits of an IPO is that a public listing at times can increase the credibility of the startup and be a good exit opportunity for stakeholders.




What are the various sources of procurement of Funding?


Bootstrapping/Self-financing: Bootstrapping a startup means growing your business with little or no venture capital or outside investment. It means relying on your own savings and revenue to operate and expand. This is the first recourse for most entrepreneurs as there is no pressure to pay back the funds or dilute control of your startup. Friends and Family: This is also a commonly utilized channel of funding by entrepreneurs still in the early stages. The major benefit of this source of investment is that there is an inherent level of trust between the entrepreneurs and the investors Business Plan/Pitching Events: This is the prize money/grants/financial benefits that is provided by institutes or organizations that conduct business plan competitions and challenges. Even though the quantum of money is not generally large, it is usually enough at idea stage. What makes the difference at these events is having a good business plan. Incubators: Incubators are organizations set-up with the specific goal of assisting entrepreneurs with building and launching their startups. Not only do incubators offer a lot of value-added services (office space, utilities, admin & legal assistance, etc.), they often also make grants/debt/equity investments Government Loan Schemes: The government has initiated a few loan schemes to provide collateral-free debt to aspiring entrepreneurs and help them gain access to low-cost capital. Some such schemes include CGTMSE, MUDRA, and Stand-up India. Angel Investors: Angel investors are individuals who invest their money into high potential startups in return for equity. Reach out to angel networks such as Indian Angel Network, Mumbai Angels, Lead Angels, Chennai Angels, etc. or relevant industrialists for this. Crowd funding: Crowdfunding refers to raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount. This is typically done via online crowdfunding platforms. Venture Capital Funds: Venture capital (VC) funds are professionally managed investment funds that invest exclusively in high-growth startups. Each VC fund has its own investment thesis – preferred sectors, stage of startup, and funding amount – which should align with your startup. VCs take startup equity in return for their investments and actively engage in mentorship of their investee startups. VC funds with larger ticket size in their investment thesis provide funding for late stage startups. It is recommended to approach these funds only after the startup has generated significant market traction. A pool of VCs may come together and fund a startup as well. Venture Debt Funds: Venture Debt funds are private investment funds that invest money in startups primarily in the form of debt. Debt funds typically invest along with an angel or VC round. Banks/NBFCs: Formal debt can be raised from banks and NBFCs at this stage as the startup can show market traction and revenue to validate their ability to finance interest payment obligations. This is especially applicable for working capital. Some entrepreneurs might prefer debt over equity as they debt funding does not dilute equity stake Private Equity/Investment Firms: Private equity/Investment firms generally do not fund startups however, lately some private equity and investment firms have been providing funds for fast-growing late-stage startups who have maintained a consistent growth record. TReDs: To decrease the financing concerns faced by MSMEs in India, RBI introduced the concept of TReDS in 2014, an institutional mechanism for financing trade receivables on a secure digital platform. Trade Receivable Exchanges such as M1xchange, standardizes the process of funding MSMEs via Invoice Discounting. TReDS addresses the gaps in MSME industry as enterprises face challenges in getting their payments on time, thus creating working capital discrepancies. TReDS is a timely and effective solution to drive the MSME sector to the next phase of Indian economy.




How to raise equity funding?


The entrepreneur must be willing to put in the effort and have the patience that a successful fund-raising round requires. The fund-raising process can be broken down into the following steps: Assessing Need for Funding: The startup needs to assess why the funding is required, and the right amount to be raised. The startup should develop a milestone-based plan with clear timelines regarding what the startup wishes to do in the next 2, 4, and 10 years. A financial forecast is a carefully constructed projection of company development over a given time period, taking into consideration projected sales data, as well as market and economic indicators. The cost of Production, Prototype Development, Research, Manufacturing etc should be planned well. Basis this, the startup can decide what the next round of investment will be for. Assessing Investment Readiness: While it is important to identify your requirement of funding, it is also equally important to understand if your startup is ready to raise funds. Any investor will take you seriously if they are convinced about your revenue projections and their returns. Investors are generally looking for the following in potential investee startups:

  • Revenue growth and market position
  • Favourable return on investment
  • Time to break-even and profitability
  • Uniqueness of the startup and competitive advantage
  • The entrepreneurs’ vision and future plans
  • Reliable, passionate, and talented team
Preparation of Pitchdeck: A pitchdeck is a detailed presentation about the startup outlining all important aspects about the startup. Here is what you need to include in your pitchdeck Investor Targeting: To target the right set of investors, it is necessary to research their past investments in the market and speak with entrepreneurs who have successfully raised equity funding. This exercise will help you:
  • Identify active investors
  • Their sector preferences
  • Geographic location
  • Average ticket size of funding and
  • Level of engagement and mentorship provided to investee startups
  • Pitching events offer a good opportunity to interact with potential investors in-person. Pitchdecks can be shared with Angel Networks and VCs on their contact email IDs. Response time can be easily more than a month – rejection communication is not typically shared.
Due Diligence by Interested Investors Angel networks and VCs conduct a thorough due diligence of the startup before finalizing any equity deal. They look at the startup’s past financial decisions and the team’s credentials as well as background. This is done to ensure that the startup’s claims regarding the growth and market numbers can be verified as well as to ensure that the investor is able to identify any objectionable activities beforehand. If the due diligence is a success, the funding is finalized and completed on mutually agreeable terms.





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