There are a number of ways to bring capital into a company. There really isn't one right or best way. The key to success is to choose the optimum way for you, the business and your circumstances.
Selecting your optimum path to capital should consider several factors beginning with how much capital is required -both now and in the future.
1. If there are grants for women based startups - they will likely be relatively small amounts and offered on a local basis.
2. Generally, loans from institutions (banks,etc) will require you to have a good personal credit record and may require you to pledge significant collateral.
3. Investors are a possibility but consider:
a. Most professional angels invest in an industry that they "know" and usually with a company that is geographically close.
b. While there are a number of sites which offer the opportunity to post your request for capital - in the 10 years I've been working with early stage companies, I've yet to encounter anyone who has actually received a check from a capital source that found them on one of these sites.
c. Before actively seeking capital, you should familiarize yourself with the key regulations and "traditions" of this arena. Being prepared (I call it Capital Ready) will greatly improve your chances of success and help you avoid the pitfalls.
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