23 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 6, 2016
Entrepreneurs raise money for start-ups by acquiring debt, selling stock, mixing the two, and crowdfunding. This chapter explains the pros and cons of those start-up ﬁnancing options. Start-ups must repay debt on time, which is hard for them to do before they start making proﬁts. Stock investors collect repayment only when the start-up is acquired or goes public, but entrepreneurs cede some control of the start-up to stockholders. Hybrid options like convertible debt provide a temporary solution to some of ﬁnancing problems. Crowdfunding is a new way to fundraise through peer-to-peer networks, but it works well only for a few types of start-ups. Entrepreneurs should perform careful analysis before choosing a fundraising option because fundraising has long-term consequences for start-ups.
Keywords: Angel, Capital, Company, Crowdfunding, Debt, Entrepreneurship, Equity, Financing, Fundraising, Investment, Start-up, Venture capital.
JEL Classification: G00, G3, M13, O16, G24, K22, K2
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