Aimed at SMEs looking to raise new finance, Venture Capital Funding provides a detailed examination of the funding options available, the most effective approaches to venture capitalists, and new material on the legal and regional perspectives.
The business of helping firms to become 'investment ready' has long been seen as vital to the long-term development of any economy, but the process of identifying and attracting the right kind of investor can be a difficult process for many small- and medium-sized businesses. Venture Capital Funding gives you a detailed, step-by-step guide to obtaining venture capital - from building a management team, through to the maze of due diligence procedures and necessary legal procedures.
The practicalities of competing for, and winning, additional capital are broken down into key areas, such as:
- the significance of the business plan;
- types of investor
- targeting and attracting a funder;
- negotiation and initial valuations;
- the due diligence process; and
- the available investment vehicles.
It also explores the many reasons why companies seek out additional funding, and discusses the points in the business life cycle when such injections are appropriate.
Stephen Bloomfield is Associate Dean of the Ashcroft International Business School. He has an extensive background in venture fund management, having been involved in the running of three venture capital funds and leading and participating in numerous deals and syndications. He is now actively involved in research into the way in which venture funding is conducted nationally and regionally.