Consider Alternative Financing Strategies

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Consider Alternative Financing Strategies

Most founders are not in a position to bootstrap, or solely fund, their way to startup growth and success. Initial product development and market entry is typically funded through external investments, such as common stock financing or venture capital investments. Consider alternative financing strategies such as those offered through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. The EB-5 program enables foreign nationals to become lawful permanent residents by making substantial investments in U.S. businesses designated as Regional Centers. This, and similar financing options, offer an opportunity for founders to raise capital while contributing to initiatives designed to strengthen the U.S. economy and spur job growth.

Today’s tip was adapted from “EB-5 Investments: The New “Old” Alternative Finance Tool” by Melanie Rubocki and Matthew Purcell.

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