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Financing the Venture – Venture Capital

Equity investment is the source of outside financing that offers the greatest capital generation potential.  It is the investment of capital in a venture in exchange for partial ownership in the firm.  In contrast to bootstrapping a venture using the entrepreneur’s...

Financing the Venture – Angel Investors

Equity investment is the source of outside financing that offers the greatest capital generation potential.  It is the investment of capital in a venture in exchange for partial ownership in the firm.  In contrast to bootstrapping a venture using the entrepreneur’s...

Financing a Venture – Government Programs

Government lending programs offer increased access to debt financing.  The role of small businesses and entrepreneurship as the engine of most of the world economies is well known and as such has spurred the development of many federal and state programs designed to...

Financing a Venture – Sources of Debt Capital

Commercial banks are often the first place entrepreneurs turn to when beginning to consider debt financing.  Banks provide 64 percent of the credit available to small businesses and 67 percent of small businesses use some form of bank financing (Scarborough &...

Financing a Venture – Debt Financing

Debt financing is the most common form of external financing used by small businesses.  While much entrepreneurial finance literature focuses on equity financing, equity financing is often difficult to obtain, leaving entrepreneurs to borrow to meet their...

Establishing a Venture – Indicators of Success

Entrepreneurial research has yielded significant results in identifying success factors and indicators for nascent ventures but researchers are still far from fully understanding the variables.  The number of factors that contribute to the ultimate success or failure...

Establishing a Venture – Strategy

When writing a business plan and preparing to take advantage of an identified opportunity the appropriate strategic approach is a vital component.  Note, however, that the business model outlined in the business plan is different from the firm’s strategy.  The firm’s...