Like many other startups in Asia, you too are planning to raise venture capital financing in Singapore and I hope you have got all the right things at the right place. Haven’t you? Singapore is currently the most developed destination in Southeast Asia in terms of venture capital financing. The government along with many private VC firms is giving an immense boost to the startup ecosystem and we can definitely expect to see more startups like yours scaling up to reach a profit-making stage.
However, you must ensure that you are always equipped to approach your potential investors at any point of time. Here’s a list of some of the most important things you must have for venture capital financing in Singapore.
- A unique business idea.
- A sizeable and scalable market.
- A strong value proposition to convince the investors.
- An efficient management team.
- A personal savings that you can invest.
- Ability to demonstrate market tractions.
- A strong social network.
- An intelligent network (not compulsory but vital)
The startup industry of southeast Asia is highly competitive. Everyone is looking for a single opportunity to stand in front of the venture capitalists. And out of, say 100 entrepreneurs they meet, they select not more than 2 or 3. So there is very high chance that the investor will not even bother to look at your proposal but you can still compel them to pay attention if you have all the above things in proper order.
Venture capital financing in Singapore is a rising industry. There’s a lot more scope for new investors to arrive, so you’ll get enough opportunities to meet them but you also have to see that you are missing out on the current market opportunities. It is ideal to leverage the demand as much as possible before your competitors arrive. If your idea is still unique, it is best if you can manage to raise capital as early as possible.
Venture capital firms often prefer to invest at the growth stage or the later stage. However, there are still many who invest in early stages but only for startups with high-growth potential. It is best if you explore various types of funding methods simultaneously as you never know what suits you best.
Also, the last point that I discussed above is vital for every entrepreneur. Try to become a member of an intelligent network that offers a common platform to entrepreneurs (like you), strategic and financial buyers and advisers of the startup ecosystem. This will benefit you in the way that you will get easy access to a suitable investor without wasting your valuable time and money. In simple words, you will opt for a cost-effective approach.
For more information on venture capital financing in Singapore, feel free to get in touch with us at Merger Alpha http://www.mergeralpha.com/.
Have you raised funds for your startup till now? If yes, how did you identify the right investor? Feel free share your experiences or leave your queries in the comment box given below.