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How to raise Venture Capital Funds for an LLC

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Did you know that raising venture capital funds for an LLC is attainable without violating  any laws?  The resources help small businesses fulfill different roles and achieve their objectives.

Getting  capital funding can help companies achieve productivity and attain new heights. It provides them with the resources to operate optimally and grow without hindrances.

Are you an LLC owner seeking information about raising  capital funds for your business? Join us as we discuss everything you should know about the process. Let’s get started.

 

Venture Capital basics and how the funds work

Venture capital is a financing method where investors provide small businesses with capital. New organizations without enough cash flow for the markets benefit from these funds.

These investors typically demand shares from the company through independent limited partnerships. It’s often designed by venture capital firms. They can take up to 50% of new business ownership and hope to make significant returns on the investment.

This financing can be broadly divided based on the receiving company’s growth stage. They usually include the following:

Pre-Seed:

The first business development stage. It’s where the founders turn their ideas into an effective business plan.

Some venture capitalists can fund your new business, even without a setup. They provide early funding to make product samples and cover administrative costs.

Seed funding:

It’s the stage where new companies seek to launch their first products. Venture capital funding covers the operational cost since there’s no business revenue streams

Early-Stage funding:

After developing a product, the company needs capital to complete production. It also fund marketing strategies for sales. Most businesses need more than one early-stage funding round to achieve desirable results.

How to raise Venture Capital funding for an LLC

Creating a pitch, determining your business valuation, and the required funding are a few ways to start the process. Targeting venture capital investors and following due diligence is also integral. Let’s dig into the details:

Determine business valuation

Most venture capitalists take a percentage in a business in exchange for funding. The higher the company valuation, the more money these investors provide. It’s best to research and calculate your business valuation by industry.

Venture capitalists consider the company’s age and growth potential. They also look lean towards leadership, cash flow, customer base, and revenues. Traditional methods of determining your business valuation include the following:

  • Net asset valuation involves combining all company assets’ value on the balance sheet and removing any long-term debt.
  • Discounted cash flow: This method ignores your projections for future cash flow with interest rates that come up with a value.

Determine the required funding

Create plans about how much to raise and start with a minimum investment amount that can change the LLC’s risk profile.

It’s best to have a contingency plan if you can’t raise the required amounts. You might also get more than expected, but determine the money with these factors:

  • Capital needed for business operations
  • Dilution and valuation preference
  • Current business stage

Dilution represents how much ownership you give to new investors in your company. The more you raise, the more you give up. For example, if you want $2 million but offering only 20% of your company, a valuation of $10 million is necessary.

Create your pitch deck

Your pitch deck briefly introduces your business to potential investors, so tailor it to specific investors. A professional-looking pitch is integral to securing funding from venture capitalists.

The average deck is about 19 slides or pages with numerous details about your company. It usually includes the following:

  • The problem your services solve
  • How your service is the solution
  • What the market looks like
  • Your competitors
  • Projected financials
  • Required funds

Venture capitalists often demand references when evaluating your business. It should include personal recommendations for the customers and senior management team.

Target potential investors

Create a list of potential venture capitalists and reach out to everyone. Identifying those who can invest helps you connect with the right people.

The most preferred method of getting an investor is through a mutual introduction. Go through your professional and personal networks and evaluate how they connect to others you know.

Another way to meet venture capitalists involves accelerators or competitions. Good public relations is also an excellent way to network with potential investors and build business credit.

Proceed through due diligence

After agreeing to the conditions, follow due diligence to avoid legal liabilities. Start the process in advance to ensure the process goes smoothly. 

Although due diligence questions vary based on business type, it’s best to prepare answers to questions regarding:

  • The market and competition
  • Your business policies and team culture
  • Your human resources (HR) and finance systems
  • Your potential and existing customers
  • Marketing and sales plan
  • Product development plans
  • The legal contracts bind the business.

Identify workers at the firm and send them the necessary information. Consider creating a checklist of every document sent, to whom, and when.

Finalize the deal

After negotiating all terms with the venture capitalists, it’s time to finalize and close the deal after passing due diligence.

The process usually involves legal documents detailing the process. It’s often prepared and reviewed by professional attorneys from both parties. You’ll receive funding for your LLC or corporation from investors after closing the deal.

Key takeaways

Walk the process of raising venture capital funds for an LLC or corporation with a lawyer. Not knowing your business valuation or the required documents might jeopardize your chances.

Confirming every detail and filing appropriate paperwork is best to avoid unnecessary drama. Create a pitch deck, target potential investors and follow due diligence when raising capital funds for an LLC.

About Author

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Rick Mak

Rick Mak is a 30-year veteran businessman, having started, bought, and/or sold more than a dozen companies. He has bachelor's degrees in International Business, Finance, and Economics, with masters in both Entrepreneurship and International Law. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the world during his career on entrepreneurship, international tax law, asset protection, and company structure. Business Anywhere Editorial Guidelines

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