Hi Amy, the main reason why your search for investors didn't yield the desired results is because you didn't do your homework. "I need investors now!" is just as unlikely to produce the feedback you're hoping for as if you would throw together a piece for your collection without sketches, proper patterns, mindful selection of the fabric, research of potential customers, competition, and price points.
As Robert and Sylvia pointed out correctly, VCs are not a good starting point for a company like yours. Besides their rather aggressive financial return expectations, they usually invest in portfolio companies where they feel they can contribute extensive industry and operational expertise in addition to their investment. Also, let's keep in mind that equity transactions are usually rather costly to consummate, so pursuing equity investments for $30,000 hardly makes any sense.
Which leads me to my next point. Do you really believe your capital requirements are only $30,000. Based on my experience in the fashion industry, this will hardly cover the costs for creating your Spring/Summer 2010 collection, let alone leave you with any funds to market it or think of Fall/Winter 2010.
Unless you have signed commitments/orders from customers, what is the investor getting out of this?
I think you may want to take a look at our white paper "How to reach High-Net-Worth Individuals with your Private Placement" to learn more about the process of forging strategic relationships with potential investors. This paper is a step-by-step decision making guide that covers the entire spectrum of building successful investor relations, specifically with high-net-worth individuals. Keep in mind that private equity is a relationship business.
The white paper is available at http://www.publications.fastventures.com/reaching-high-net-worth-individuals-with-your-private-placement
I think this document will help develop a better understanding of the process.
If you're interested in striking up a conversation to further discuss your project, please feel free to send me a PM and I'll try to give you a few additional pointers.
I hope this helps.
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