Need an Investor for Your Startup?


Startups often run into the same problem: where to find investors to raise capital. This especially is true for hardware startups that have a harder time getting investors interested in their products.
Some founders think that the only way to get investors on board is if an accelerator or an incubator successfully selected them. But I’m here to show you that you have options to find investors.
As someone being around startups and getting this question almost on a daily basis, I decided to enumerate in here the best places where you could get the opportunity to find your next investment for your business and jump to the next level of your startup.

10. OurCrowd

OurCrowd is an equity crowdfunding platform investing in global startups. They have a community of over 30,000 investors worldwide.
For startups, they share a 5-step process. Startups will be screened in step one before meeting with OurCrowd in step two.
Step three involves due diligence meetings with the investment teams. Afterward, your startup will be presented to the investment committee where they will make their final decision in step four.
Once accepted, your startup will move on to step five to the fundraising stage. At this stage, you will have access to investors and you will be able to participate in events.

09. FundersClub

FundersClub claims to give startups an unfair advantage by using innovative software and their powerful, global network of 22,000 members.
Startups get access to a founder community where they can communicate with other entrepreneurs and get help through online and in-person events.
You will also have access to mentorship through FundersClub’s own team members. These members have been through every step of the startup cycle from launch to exit.
FundersClub receives a percentage of the profits of the investment. They are only charged if there is a positive outcome for the campaign.
Eligibility requirements are not limiting, however, they only accept 2% of applicants into their platform. They are looking for startups with early-stage companies with seed or Series A round being preferred. They want to see if your startup has the potential for enormous growth.

08. SeedInvest

SeedInvest’s startup investment platform gives startups access to 250,000 investors. So far, they have helped raise over $100 million for 150+ startups.
Accepted startups receive $0 retainer from SeedInvest. They will pay all upfront costs which startups will pay with a $10,000 flat fee at closing. Startups are only charged with successful campaigns. SeedInvest will eat the upfront costs if campaigns are unsuccessful.
Other fees include placement fees and equity fees. Again, these are only charged for successful campaigns.
SeedInvest has a rigorous application process and only accept 1% of startups that apply. Startups need to meet the minimum requirements before moving forward. Startups need to have a minimum viable product (MVP), proof of concept and at least two full-time team members.
They also have a strong preference for technology and consumer-based businesses. So, if your hardware startup meets that criteria, SeedInvest is a great opportunity.

07. Equity Crowdfunding by Indiegogo

Built by the popular crowdfunding platform Indigogo, Equity Crowdfunding by Indiegogo is made to help startups raise funding for their businesses, not just individual products.
Startups get the option of raising capital through flexible or fixed funding goals. Flexible funding lets startups keep all money that was raised, and fixed funding requires the goal to be met before startups get the money.
You’ll also receive tools to help with marketing, promotion, fulfillment support and campaign management through different devices.
Equity Crowdfunding by Indiegogo charges a 5% platform fee when crowdfunding, and the platform is free for startups pre-launch.
Indiegogo offers additional services for entrepreneurs, so they can be your one-stop shop. Explore their directory for creative services, marketing services, prototyping, retail distribution, and website development.
Being built by a reputable company, this platform will pair great with your hardware startup.
UPDATE: This platform does not exist anymore since March 2019.

06. StartEngine

StartEngine is an equity crowdfunding platform ready to help startups raise capital.
With a creative team to help you design your campaign, you can attract investors from their community of 200,00 people. You’ll also have access to an account manager and a drag-n-drop feature to create the perfect campaign page.
Startups set their own terms with their investors who can invest easily through credit cards, ACH, bank wires and cryptocurrency.
For hardware startups to be accepted to StartEngine, startups need to be based in the US. StartEngine will also review startups based on revenue, team, customer engagement, previous funding, marketing budget, and market growth to see if your startup will have a fair chance in crowdfunding.
StartEngine is a good choice for startups looking to crowdfund their raises. There’s no listing fees and only a 6% charge from StartEngine after campaign success.

05. Wefunder

Wefunder is another crowdfunding option for raising funds. With a detailed stats page for proof, Wefunder has been in the game for a long time and know how to get results.
So far, they have helped hardware startups raise over $9million in total. You can raise between $20,000 to $50 million dollars with Wefunder.
Startups pay $0 upfront to start their campaign. Only startups with successful campaigns are charged by Wefunder. Their fee is 7.5% of the total fundraiser, and they’ll match the price if you can find a better deal anywhere else.
However, only a for-profit, US-based corporation or LLC is accepted.
With no startup fees, you have nothing to lose by trying Wefunder to raise your funds.

04. GlassDollar

GlassDollar focuses on matching your startup with investors. They have their investors fill out criteria and match startups to them that meet that criteria.
This makes sourcing and finding investors easy. You will only be matched with relevant investors and saving time and energy in the process.
You get to approve which investors you would like to give your pitch and then move on from there.
GlassDollar is free to use and there’s an easy assessment to see if your startup qualifies.
With this cool machine learning technology, finding investors have never been easier — or cooler.

03. Republic

Republic is another great platform to crowdfund your startup funding. The website is powered by AngelList, which is featured next, so it’s highly reputable.
Using Republic gives you access to the general public so you don’t have to rely on angel investors or venture capitalists. Anyone can invest in your startup for as little as $10USD. This makes it accessible to more people wanting to invest.
They will hook you up with great tools to create a branded campaign page that will accept all types of investments including ACH and wires.
There’s a baseline cost of $3,000 to raise money with Republic and then they will take a commission on successful campaigns.
Only US-based companies that are accepted are able to raise money on this platform.

02. AngelList

One of the most popular platforms out there is AngelList. AngelList offers startups opportunities to find seed fundings and angel investors.
It also has a job board for people looking to find a job in a startup environment. You can post job ads as well if you’re looking for new members.
AngelList lets you build your own network on the site, through email invite or by connecting your social media accounts, to increase your chances of getting funding. Or you can use its search tool to find investors that will be a good match for your startup.
It is free to make an account with AngelList, so you have nothing to lose by using this platform to search for investors.

01. Investor Hunt

Sitting at number one for the best online platform to find an investor for your startup in 2019, we have Investor Hunt.
Investor Hunt gives you access to over 40,000 angel investors and venture capitalists. You can choose between three different plans.
A basic plan, $69/month, that gives you unlimited searches, investor name data, social media links and past investment data per investor.
A pro plan, $149/month, that builds upon the basic plan with exporting options and direct email addresses. And a premium plan, $299/month, that also includes phone numbers and office addresses of investors.
Their database is filled with investors investing in digital products to physical products, so your hardware startup can find what it’s looking for.
Since it’s built by Product Hunt, you can guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth with Investor Hunt.

Bonus: Foundersuite

Founded by Nathan Beckord in 2016, Foundersuite has helped numerous startups raise over $2.2 billion in seed and VC. It gives the opportunity to get access to an impressive database of about 41,000 funds including VC, strategics, family offices, and more, but also more than 100,000 angel investors.
This platform offers affordable monthly subscriptions, in different plans, with a free one to at least check what the platform has to offer and how it works.
It also does have an interesting concept: an investor CRM, where you can check and follow up with the progress of your investment research, using a pipeline.
Definitely another platform to try out if you want to raise money efficiently, especially with this CRM pipeline that will definitely help you save time and focus on other matters as we all know how raising funds can be really time-consuming. There is a more thorough article on medium on Foundersuite.

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