Online Funding Resources: 10 Entrepreneur and Investor Communities & Portals
As a follow-up to last week’s post DC Investors Venture Capital (VC) List, here are some resources to reach out beyond your local geographic area, wherever you are.
Some of these sites attempt to use the best aspects of online social communities to enable entrepreneurs to help each other, in areas of financing their ventures, and in other areas such as networking and business planning.
Online Funding Communities For Entrepreneurs
A community designed “to bring the power of collaboration technologies to the early-stage investment industry”, from both the entrepreneur side and the investor side.
A portal who’s mission is “to connect entrepreneurs and investors”, and also showcases submitted videos on RaiseCapitalTV.
A “community powered capital” website that allows funding of ideas using crowd-powered techniques. Members can submit ideas, and also vote on ones they like with a points-based system. Winners get real financing.
These additional sites below offer similar resources to those listed above by operating as more of a listing or evaluation service without as much community-based interaction:
- CapitalVector – offers a paid downloadable list
- FundingUniverse - makes recommendations based on each funding needs situation
- VCAonline – A listing service along with related tools sold to help in the pitching and funding aspects.
- vFinance – A site that has both a VC search and an angel search.
The video for this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek connection to the subject discussed – Dire Straits‘ “Money For Nothing” song, performed live in October 1985 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The video is almost 7 minutes long. If you want to hear a version with Sting singing the “I want my MTV” part you can try here for a 1997 live version including Eric Clapton & Phil Collins (Music for Montserrat concert).