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How to Find Investors From Your Network

2 min read So you have begun your fundraise, but how to find investors? Start with your personal network.

This includes family, friends, coworkers, past coworkers, and those you know through 1 to 2 degrees of separation. For most contacts, this comes to about 15 to 20 accredited investors.

Your Network

The first place to start is with those in your network so you’ll get initial questions (usually easy ones) that you can start to flesh out your deal and update the investor documents.

As you expand the circle from your close friends to acquaintances to friends of friends, you’ll find the questions become increasingly more difficult.

This initial phase is helpful in making sure you have the answers to the questions investors will ask.

Some entrepreneurs are surprised at how some investors just don’t get it and why don’t they see the great opportunity it is. This is because the entrepreneur looks at the opportunity in the deal while the investor looks at the risk.

Be Prepared

Although they understand there’s an upside, the questions will revolve around the downside. The key is to have a response for each risk and demonstrate how you have ALREADY solved it and not just promise to solve it.

What if you can’t sell the product? “We have already sold it.”

What if you can’t recruit the right team members? “We have already recruited most of the team members.”

Once your deal fleshed out and you have some funding, you don’t want to take it to non-family and friends and say, “no one in my network would invest, how about you?” That’s what they will hear, no matter what you say, if you don’t have some funding in the deal.

Investors for the most part don’t want to be the first and they look for someone else to lead.

Read more in the TEN Capital eGuide:

Hall T. Martin is the founder and CEO of the TEN Capital Network. TEN Capital has been connecting startups with investors for over ten years. You can connect with Hall about fundraising, business growth, and emerging technologies via LinkedIn or email:

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