Business angels are private individuals or groups that invest their capital into start-up companies and entrepreneurial ideas in return for partial company management and/or a return on a set amount of the company's profit (known as an "equity stake"). They often have other benefits for a company, such as experience in the particular sector and often a wide range of industry contacts that can help get your business in motion.
Most new businesses will have trouble getting significant amounts of capital, but business angel investment can help companies reach the next level of financing and expansion. Over the past few years, angel investor groups have formed across Ireland, especially with the recent surge of companies worldwide investing in Ireland, and the market is ripe for new start-up companies to develop. The Irish Investment Network is part of a worldwide network that provides a service to all entrepreneurs and investors. It allows members to find and connect with other members regarding business investments and funding. Thousands of business angels use our network to search for ideas, and we have entrepreneurs signing up on a daily basis.
Whether you're an entrepreneur looking to get a new business off the ground, or looking to expand your business into new areas then you'll have to consider business capital, which is the money that you need for your venture. When a new business has limited business capital then it can be very difficult to launch that business successfully and many businesses fail because of a lack of funds, whether that is due to low initial business capital or on-going cash-flow.
Writing a comprehensive business plan will help you work out just how much business capital you should need to make a success of your business venture and this initial planning is the corner stone of success for many businesses. However if your business plan is telling you that you need to generate more business capital then you'll need to explore what options that you have.
Whilst there are a lot of ways to raise business capital some of these ways such as grants or loans can be difficult or unlikely to succeed due to the restrictions imposed by the organisations providing the business capital. Traditionally businesses might have considered going to their bank for a business capital loan, but banks have become stricter on their lending criteria and are less likely to loan money to an entrepreneur who has not got a perfect or long track record.
Luckily business owners do have other options open to them, such as private investment and in many cases this option make more sense for a new business in the long term. Whilst any investor will expect the business they are investing in has a solid plan behind it, entrepreneurs may have a better chance to gain the vital business capital that they need.