Starting a business form scratch is not for the faint-hearted entrepreneur. From the cost, to the challenge of inadequate infrastructure and facilities faced in a business landscape like Nigeria, many businesses have emerged and faded out almost immediately.
Thankfully, the issue of cost is now becoming less of a problem, but this if only for those who are able to find and win the hearts of investors. To make it easier to set that business rolling without having to think of cost, then you must be ready to go out and find investors. Make them see reasons to put in their hard earned money into you business.
Here are a few ways to find investors:
Take advantage of angel investors platform
There are a few online platforms that house a database of venture capitalists and angel investors. Find them and begin to connect with investors, pitch your business ideas and win their hearts. Some of them include – , and .
Attend industry events and network
Industry events are great places to find and connect with angel investors. Successful people who are interested in funding startup businesses attend these events.
And since these individuals are attending such a conference, there are chances that they know your industry. This makes it easier for you to educate them on your business idea and often gives them the ability to give you strategic advice. You can find stay updated on events on sites like – like , , and .
Pay attention to radio and television shows
Radio and TV stations have shows that are dedicated to featuring and interviewing prominent individuals who are big players in their respective industries, business moguls and potential angel investors.
Look out for such shows, and be an ardent fan, Once you find one, go on to the next step and find ways to connect.
Attend charity events
Asides investing in businesses, you’ll most likely find investors take part in charity causes. You should also look out for charity events where you can play your part and volunteer for a cause. You just might stumble upon very successful business persons, such as large donors to a cause you are also donating to. These individuals may be interested in supporting your business with angel funds.
Lookout for them online
While there are many offline avenues where you can meet angel investors, you also have a good chance of meeting them online. You can join you online communities like Nairaland, but ensure you target the business or investment section. Also, search for online discussion forums that are made solely for entrepreneurs and investors.
Don’t forget social media too, take advantage of a platform like LinkedIn to search for investors.