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Raising funds when angels are not an option

In previous posts, we have discussed revenue-enhancing strategies that startup companies can utilize should their budgets not support their ambitions. There are myriad opportunities available to those who already have a substantial source of income at their disposal; however, the cost associated with engaging in reverse mergers or filing an IPO may be prohibitive for smaller startups without VC backing. For these organizations, other options exist beyond applying for another line of credit.

Pitching your product in a post-unicorn quarter

Although market analysts have pegged 2016 as a sluggish year for small and mid-size companies seeking VC funding, they have more positive outlook on financial opportunities that may be available in 2017. The singular focus on funding the next unicorn, the name given to startup businesses valued at $1 billion or more, has been cited as the reason VCs were reticent to invest in smaller organizations.

VC funding is down, but one NYU endeavor is on the rise

Following global trends, New York saw a significant decline in the number of venture capital deals executed in this year's second quarter. According to New York Business Journal, only 178 projects received VC funding between April and June - the lowest quarterly tally since Q4 of 2011. The news isn't necessarily negative, however. While the number of deals is down, the average deal valuation - $23.9 million - is up nearly 20 percent from a year ago.

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