The second phase in funding the growth of your company is called Seed Funding. This is done by “seed” or “angel” or “early stage” investors. These are usually the earliest investors in a business. You have come to the point where pitches, business models and fund-applications have to be rock-solid. These venture capital firms mostly invest in startups with high growth potential.
Seed funding platforms
There are also some interesting Seed funding platforms. Both Get Funded and Uniiq have a more complex fund-application. They don’t ask for a stake in your company in return.
Get Funded is your gateway to the European Horizon 2020 SME Instrument program. Competition is fierce and therefore writing an excellent proposal is crucial. Together with VanPaz and RVO you’ll be assisted by top notch advisors that will help you in this process.
Uniiq is a €22 million fund focused on the proof-of-concept phase for companies based in the province of South Holland, it is a collaboration with knowledge institutions and incubators.
Via the seed capital fund of the Dutch Government each technostarter can receive funding between € 50.000 and € 500.000.
Overview of Seed Funds
There are many Seed Capital Funds. All with a different field of investment-focus like healthcare, impact, ICT or transport.
Angel investors participate in businesses that are so early-stage they may be pre-revenue with few clients. You could simply have a well-developed business plan, beta test or a great proof of concept. With a thorough proposal and a convincing elevator pitch in which the market potential is clear, you will have a good chance to secure venture capital from an angel or early-stage investor.
Phenix Capital supports investors committing capital to impact and start-ups with SDG goals.
PYMWYMIC is a creative gathering for impact investors. The global movement aims to shift capital towards a positive impact.
The Postcode Loterij is a lottery approved by the Dutch Government. Profits are invested in charity and projects, such as start-ups with SDG goals.
Stichting Doen helps people who are willing to take risks, in order to bring world changing ideas to life.
The Intellecap Impact Investment Network is an angel network from India that helps early stage enterprises get funded.
Acumen catalyzes entrepreneurship to fight poverty worldwide.
European Business Angels Network connects and supports start-ups with funders. EBAN even offers a knowledge center.
Once you have passed the yearly €1 million turnover milestone, NLgroeit (Dutch) is the network for you. They facilitate access to mentors and investors.
Tip – contact us
ImpactCity is in contact with Seed fund investors / venture capital firms. We can also give you advice on presentation and creating a solid fund-application. Contact.