If you're looking for financing for your fast-growth startup, there are a wide variety of resources you can turn to for help. These sites can help:

Active Capital

    Are you an entrepreneur looking for equity dollars?

    Initiated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Active Capital (formerly known as the Access to Capital Electronic Network) is a not-for-profit, Internet-based listing service that allows accredited investors (primarily angels and venture capitalists) to learn about small companies seeking funds.

    Active Capital, is a national securities offering listing service that allows institutional and individual accredited investors and small, growing companies to find one another through a secure Internet database, while meeting the legal requirements of federal and state securities regulators.

    As such, it's an opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain access to equity financing from accredited investors (called "angels") in amounts typically too small - $250,000 to $5 million - to attract most venture capitalists.

    As an angel investor, you can search for investment opportunities and review business plans on the secure, encrypted Active Capital Web site with full anonymity. Small businesses will not be aware of your interest until you directly contact a company.

    Companies considering joining Active Capital should seek the advice of securities attorneys and accountants to assist in the preparation of offerings and business plans.

    Active Capital also provides educational programs to help entrepreneurs and angel investors better understand relevant issues, prior to consulting with such professionals.

    Active Capital

Garage Technology Ventures

    Garage Technology Ventures is an Internet-based matchmaking service that links technology and life sciences startups in need of initial financing with potential investors. Entrepreneurs can confidentially submit business plans for consideration through the Web site, which also offers valuable news and information about equity funding sources.

    Garage Technology Ventures invests in entrepreneurial teams seeking to transform big ideas into game-changing companies.

    Garage Technology Ventures invests in unproven teams attacking unproven markets with unproven solutions. They’re not interested in teams creating the nth solution to the same old problem nor companies trying to improve things by only 10 or 20 percent.

    Garage Technology Ventures

PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree

    The PricewaterhouseCoopers quarterly Money Tree study tracks equity investments made by venture capital companies in U.S. private companies. The site is extremely useful for tracking financing trends, and can give you an idea of the kinds of companies that are getting money.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree

The Private Investments Network

    The Private Investments Network was founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs who had been working together since 1999 and they were brought together by the complementarity and the passion for offering solutions to the problems they encounter. In one of the companies they were managing the minority stakeholders regularly required information about the company, asked about the price at which they could sell their shares or if any of the other partners would be interested in acquiring their shares. Responding to all these information requests, together with the legal and administrative management of the company, turned out to be time-consuming and they preferred to dedicate this time to their core business.

    The Private Investments Network site offers a range of useful resources, including educational materials, publications, and venture investment industry news. Much of the basic information is free, but paid membership is required for premium services.

    The Private Investments Network


    Founded by a Chicago-based venture capital firm, VCapital is a professionally managed online venture capital firm led by a proven team offering equity crowdfunding opportunities that has never had a down decade in the past 30 years. The organization generally focuses on early-stage businesses.

    In addition, VCapital has listings of law firms, accounting firms, and other service providers for VC-seeking companies.

    VCapital has reviewed hundreds of business plans, decks and presentations; met with many founders; served on Boards; and worked closely with entrepreneurs to help facilitate numerous exits.



National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC)

    Small Business Investment Companies are privately organized and managed venture capital firms licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make equity capital or long-term loans available to small companies. The Small Business Investment Act of 1958 provided the legal basis upon which this program has been developed and outlines the licensing procedures used by the SBA to register SBICs.

    The National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) is the association that unites these independent SBICs. The primary concern of the NASBIC is providing representation before government on behalf of the SBIC industry.

    The NASBIC is the professional trade association representing federally-licensed venture capital firms, also known as small business investment companies (SBICs). Its site contains a directory of SBICs, along with tips and hints for approaching and working with these providers.

    The association is located at 666 11th St., NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; 202-628-5055. The association's Web site is www.nasbic.org.

    National Association of Small Business Investment Companies

International Business Incubation Association (InBIA)

    The International Business Incubation Association (InBIA) is a global nonprofit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors, and policymakers, we help guide, mentor, and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe.

    InBIA's goal is to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events, and global programming to help members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions. Their mission is to help communities enable their entrepreneurs to transform their dreams into innovative businesses that make global prosperity a reality.

    National Business Incubation Association

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

    National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents the venture capital and private equity financing industries, the NVCA is an excellent source for VC trends and industry statistics.

    The NVCA empowers the next generation of American companies that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. As the voice of the American venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking.

    National Venture Capital Association

Publications & Newsletters

Red Herring

    Red Herring is a global media company which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters and major events for technology leaders around the globe. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy.

    The Red Herring website is full of news and analysis of the latest venture capital deals. Subscribe to the free Catch of the Day email newsletter to find out about some of the latest Internet and technology trends.

    Red Herring


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