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What Is Seed Funding? A Simple Definition Of Seed Capital

Seed capital also referred to as seed funding is a commonly used term in the business world. But what does it mean and how exactly is it used? Well, in this article I will try to explain its basics. So, seed funding is a form of financing in which the owner of a business receives money in exchange of a part of the equity of his/her company. It is called ‘seed’ because it happens at the very beginning of the business before even the latter generates any money (before it is started). This makes seed funding a very risky investment and this is why traditional financial institutions such as banks and credit companies are typically not eager to provide it. Forms of this type of financing are crowdsourcing and angel funding. Money from friends and family and personal savings are also included here. The higher the risk, the greater the required return is. This is why angel investors for example usually aim at startups with big growth potential, which can generate two, even three digits yields.

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Seed Capital Funding

Seed Capital

The difference between venture capital and seed funding are mentioned in the table below:

 

Seed Funding Venture Funding
Very early business stage Later stage of the business
Usually Private investors Institutional investors
Relatively small investments Relatively big investments
High-risk Moderate risk

 

The similarities between these from above are that in both of the cases, the investors acquire a part of the company/business in exchange for their money. According to recent studies, around 95% of new companies are funded with the help of angel investors, friends, and family, or entrepreneur’s savings.

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