Finding startup funding sucks. It’s super competitive, everybody and their grandma is contacting the same people, and often, you’re pitching to investors who don’t understand your space and will probably never invest in it anyway.
Like dating, the key to landing investment cash is to get matched up with people who have similar values, interests and priorities. And who love buying you stuff.
VentureFocus is looking to help bridge that gap with some effective data curation and pitch support services.
There are 3 Tiers of service available currently costing $39, $79 and $179 from levels 1 to 3 respectively. At the heart of VentureFocus is a database of over 6,000 venture and private equity firms from over 60 counties. Filters allows you to zone in on the most likely matches based on things like location, preferred funding stage and sectors of interest. At Level 1, users are provided 100 direct email addresses so that feelers aren’t falling on deaf eyes.
From there, as you bump up access levels, you get access to more email address, export functionality and dedicated services to help craft cold emails and pitch decks.
VentureFocus has a straight-forward framework entirely designed to avoid unnecessary hurdles and just get you capital.
If they don’t, they’ll actually give you your money back.
Of all the gambles a startup is going to have to take, this might be one of the safer ones out there; because of the money-back guarantee, there is actually good amount of incentive for them to help with the legwork.
Options for connecting founders to investors have never been optimal, with events like startup weekends meaning you’re pitching against a bunch of other startups, too. The fact is, every pitch in the room could have a great team and product behind it, but you’re broadcasting your message in a competitive environment to investors who might not even be interested in your type of business. VentureFocus is hoping to streamline the connections…without any of the humiliation of startup weekends in between.
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Marie Zamora says
This seems like something that is actually a very low risk to take. The money is there, you need the money and the right person will get matched up for you.
Mary Parks says
Well, this is a nice option for those that are a little freaked on the idea of asking for money. There is a little giveback and getting around some of the hurdles is one less thing for you to worry about when you are trying to start a business.