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How to find investors to fund a company?

Is there a known site/forum/bank that offers listening to ideas and provides the investment to fund a new company with a specific idea?

I have a software idea and prototype very unique but I can't pull it off alongside a day job ... so I thought maybe there is a way to present this to a set of investors with the goal of funding a company. Also taking into consideration signing non-disclosure and non-competition agreements before presenting the idea.
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Old 13.04.2015, 22:14
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Is there a known site/forum/bank that offers listening to ideas and provides the investment to fund a new company with a specific idea?

I have a software idea and prototype very unique but I can't pull it off alongside a day job ... so I thought maybe there is a way to present this to a set of investors with the goal of funding a company. Also taking into consideration signing non-disclosure and non-competition agreements before presenting the idea.
Well if you are dealing with anything other than amateurs, you'll need more than a prototype to be taken seriously. You'll need a good business plan that shows the investors what they are getting into what they are likely to get back in return.

The other think is that European venture capitalists have a different of venture - they don't expect to loose any money!!! Have you looked into Crowdfunding??
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Old 13.04.2015, 22:27
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The other think is that European venture capitalists have a different of venture - they don't expect to loose any money!!! Have you looked into Crowdfunding??
I looked into kickstart.com but they won't accept Swiss residents, however, I saw couple of listed projects from Swiss people ... odd.

I like crowdfunding but it is a bit like a chicken and the egg problem, I need the funding to build the actual solution, but that site already shows built solutions in every detail so I am wondering.
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I need the funding to build the actual solution, but that site already shows built solutions in every detail so I am wondering.
Well there too is a problem, what are you bringing to the table? Serious investors will expect to see that you are committed and locked into the project, so you have something very real to loose if the project goes pear shaped. You'd certainly need to be offering well over 50% of the ownership if all you got is the idea and you are expecting them to 100% finance the exercise and even then you'd need a very strong business plan.
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Re: How to find investors to fund a company?

Why don't you try https://www.indiegogo.com/campaigns/new
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I have a software idea and prototype very unique but I can't pull it off alongside a day job ... so I thought maybe there is a way to present this to a set of investors with the goal of funding a company. Also taking into consideration signing non-disclosure and non-competition agreements before presenting the idea.
Go to some events for start-ups and listen around. I am thinking of launching one myself and went to some discussion evenings with VCs on a discussion panel. Within three lines did you meet every stereotype they explained... and without proper preparation will you fail:
1. investors do not invest in ideas, they invest in people... YOU have to convince them of your business skills to set up a shop that makes money, that's one important step more than developing a software.
2. investors get swamped with good ideas. You will not get anyone of them to sign an NDA before listening to you. They won't copy your idea as they are investors... not interested in getting their hands dirty and build something themselves.
3. I talked to VCs in Asia and the rates might be different in Europe but the average venture capitalist gets some 1200 approaches a year from all angles but actually has just the money and time to really tend to 5-10 start-ups in total. So you better prepare more than a prototype.

My personal take away was: Investors will only jump on board if something is as crystal clear as it gets and ideally does not even need their money...
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Re: How to find investors to fund a company?

Have you tried crowdfunding? Should be a lot of investors with spare cash in CH I would think.
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Old 14.04.2015, 20:40
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Re: How to find investors to fund a company?

At which stage? If you are actually already in business, have steady sales and need a boost in capital to expand, then you are looking for an investor? If it is not as further along - prototypes, secured Intellectual Property, market research and plans, and even a little bit of actual sales and revenue, then you are looking for a business partner? If it's just ideas, then it is just as if you're looking for a job?
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Re: How to find investors to fund a company?

Just wondering how unique and good an idea it can be if you're not willing to risk your daytime job for it? Not sure why you would expect others to commit to an idea if you're not going to put yourself 100% behind the cause.

If it's low revenue but fun, then run it like a hobby, evenings and weekends.

I could bore you to death with all the hurdles, but if you're truly convinced that you have a great idea, then go for it. Entrepreneurial spirit is often more important than just the product itself.
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