Equity Finance is an option to access small business funding in which the business entity is given funding in exchange for partial ownership and future profits.
Examples of equity finance include: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Angel Investors, and more.
Read on to learn more about equity financing for small businesses.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Equity Financing

  • There is often no obligation to pay back the funding you receive
  • Intellectual capital
  • Sharing ownership
  • Sharing profits and power
  • Can be time consuming
  • Often comes with a lifelong obligation
  • Must consult with investors when making decisions

Types of Small Business Equity Financing

An SBIC, or Small Business Investment Company, is a privately owned company that receives financial backing and regulatory guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBICs are expected to invest in small businesses using their own funds along with the funds borrowed from the SBA, under the guarantee provided by the agency.

Venture Capital refers to a type of financing provided to early-stage, high-potential startup companies that are deemed to have long-term growth potential. Venture Capitalists (VCs) invest funds in these startups in exchange for an ownership stake. They typically take higher risks in exchange for potentially higher returns if the startup succeeds. Venture capital is often sought by entrepreneurs who need funding to develop or expand their innovative ideas or businesses.

Best For: Start-ups and young companies who do not have a long financial track record yet. These are typically high growth, high risk businesses with the potential for significant returns.

Private equity firms typically invest in more mature companies with established operations and a track record of profitability. These firms raise capital from institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals, and then use that capital to acquire or invest in companies with the aim of improving their performance and ultimately selling them for a profit. Private equity investments often involve taking a significant ownership stake and actively participating in the management of the company to enhance its value.

Best For: Mature companies with established operations and a track record of profitability.

Angel investors are individuals who provide financial backing to early-stage startup companies in exchange for equity ownership or convertible debt. Unlike venture capitalists, who typically invest funds from institutional sources, angel investors are usually affluent individuals who invest their own money. They often bring not only capital but also valuable expertise, industry connections, and mentorship to the startups they invest in. Angel investors play a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurs during the initial stages of their businesses when traditional sources of financing may be difficult to obtain.

Best For: Early-stage companies with a strong management team, clear business model, and a large addressable market.

Small Business Equity Financing Options

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