Ananda Raj Pandey
Ananda Raj Pandey Developer at SavvySME

How do I find VCs or angel investors for my startup?

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Timothy Hitchens

Timothy Hitchens, Partner at Quaywelsh Australia

The answer is simple "Network". Don't hide under a rock expecting the money to find you.  Most serious investors are dong the same just from the other side of the table.  Remember they are not just looking to invest in your idea but your founding team.  So in summary if you want to be found you have to put up flares make some noise and be passionate about your idea. You will then get noticed and be in good training for the real battle head "Business".

Wendy Huang

Wendy Huang, Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes

I agree, it's important to get to know the people that intend to invest in you. Question is how do you turn it from a simple networking relationship to a I want to invest in you relationship - are there any key traits that investors look for in their founding team?

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Nick Chernih

Nick Chernih, Founder at LinkBuildSEO

From what I've heard you need to know the right people as well. Get to know a few investors and find out what they are looking for is a good start. Get some people backing your personal brand as well is also a bonus as they are mostly investing in you as a founder as opposed to the business.

Jane Jones

Jane Jones, Manager at SavvySME

Great point on backing your brand @Nick Chernih - You want investors that are invested in you and what you're trying to achieve.

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Brian Dorricott

Brian Dorricott, Business Specialist at

Short answer: if you're heading to investors searching for money, you're probably too late. It's going to be a real challenge.

Top tip: Research who is likely to invest when you need it, find out which events they go to, find them, talk to them and build a relationship. Keep them informed of progress. Then when (and if) you need money, you'll be talking to someone who knows you and the chances of success are way higher.

Jane Jones

Jane Jones, Manager at SavvySME

Thanks for the tip @Brian Dorricott 

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Jane Jones

Jane Jones, Manager at SavvySME

@Ananda Raj Pandey - It's important to building a relationship first before discussing money. You want to find people who have an interest in your business / product / what it is you're trying to do.  Check out this article too - https://www.savvysme.com.au/article/1745-investors-for-startups-where-to-find-them
 

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