NEXT LEVEL

PREPARE FOR GROWTH

Boost your business with funding, new hires, leadership tools and more

TYPES OF FUNDING

Explore different kinds of capital and how they impact your business

Bootstrapping allows you full control: no need to worry about keeping investors or shareholders happy. It may also be your main option if your business is too new for bank loans. 

Early-stage bootstrapping: Many founders use their personal savings to launch their company and continue to work in their jobs as they build. 

Customer-funded models: Often considered the second stage of bootstrapping, customer-funded companies operate only with the money they make. These businesses have either a sizable customer base or a business model that includes operating capital.

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This option is best-suited for high-growth startups with a significant potential market share. Equity financing means giving away some of control over the business, including hiring and growth decisions. 

Venture capital and angel investors: Venture capital firms supply capital to a company in its early stages in exchange for equity. Angel investors are high net worth-individuals who operate similarly. Both kinds of investors are looking for scalable companies that will bring them a high return on investment.

Accelerators and incubators: Accelerator and incubator programs support early-stage companies with resources like networks and education in exchange for equity ownership.

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You may be a candidate for debt financing such as bank loans if your business has been operating for at least two years and you likely have a strong credit rating. Before pursuing debt financing, talk to your bank about your options and goals.

Traditional banks: Banks usually have stringent requirements, including some pretty high annual revenue minimums. Many even require collateral. Applying for a traditional bank loan is also a lengthy process that can take one to three months.

Microlenders: These lenders allow business owners to borrow as little as $500 to support their companies, and have repayment periods that start at three months long.

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TOOLS

FUNDING FINDER

Our interactive guide will help you determine which sources of capital to consider

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COMMUNITY

THE FELLOWS PROGRAM

Each year, we select 50 women entrepreneurs for a yearlong program designed to grow their businesses through workshops, coaching sessions, network-building, and financial resources. The program ends with a company presentation and trip to New York City.

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