There can be no doubt about it that recent economic uncertainties have changed the financial industry landscape.
Since hedge or venture capital funds usually don’t invest their own money and thus require sizable capital investments from high-net-worth individuals, corporate entities, other funds, banks, or endowments, recent economic jitters can severely impair their ability to raise cash and thus reduce the overall availability of risk capital.
If a fund is closed, meaning they already raised all their capital requirements and they are not fully-invested, they will continue to consider viable investment opportunities, although I think it is fair to assume with that they do so based on heightened due diligence procedures.
Having said that, there probably isn’t a general answer to your question, except that with capital requirements of only $250,000, you would hardly qualify for venture capital investments under any economic circumstances.
I think your best bet is to approach angel investors, as they are more likely to invest smaller amounts of their own money.
I hope this helps.
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