SXSW 2023

Fund Your Business Without Raising Venture Capital


This topic will go in depth on 6 different ways in which entrepreneurs can gain access to funds and find capital to grow an existing start-up or fund a new start-up. How top level accountants and grant providers look at capital from a different viewpoints and show that money is still available as long as you know where to look.

1: Cost of Equity w/ formula Ashby
2: Loans - Bridge , Venture debt, SBA and traditional bank loans (requirements for each and how to access)
3: Pitch Competitions – (Grants, Angels, Networking Opportunities)
4: Government Programs - Economic/Tax Stimulus Incentives (Offerings vary by State)
5: Purchase Order Financing, Pre Orders – Deposits, factoring & bootstrapping
6: Accelerator Programs, Fellowships (accelerator programs, incubators and more

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  1. How to find the right alternative financing options based on your type of company that you have started or wish to start. i.e. product vs online
  2. Where to find the appropriate partners and how to identify what area's of focus different funding sources offer. i.e. Coca-Cola = Women Founders
  3. How to start a business affordably by bootstrapping a company without going into credit card debt or high interest financing debt.



Ajay Shah, Strategic Partnerships, AWV

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startups
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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