Comparing Acceptance to Harvard Versus an Entrepreneur Getting Angel Funded

airplane-the-movie-excessive-sweatingBased on percentages, more people get accepted into Harvard and Stanford than people who seek angel funding investment. The acceptance rates at Harvard and Stanford are 6.3% and 7.1% respectively. Source: USNews

Brian Brewer states that 60,000 companies are funded by angel investors each each year. While that may sound like a lot of companies, it’s not. I just read an article in Business Week from 2010 that states only 2.8% of those seeking money actually get it. Doing that quick math, that means approximately 2.1 million companies seek funding from angels. The article also states that only 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent get funded from venture capital firms. So if you’re looking for angel funding, what are you going to do to stand out?

What’s it take?

When I think about what it takes to get into the top level of anything, it’s about total commitment, planning, dedication, and whether you like it or not your experience both personal and professional that people are evaluating to see if you have the guts to weather the challenge. At the top, it’s an incredible challenge and the environment is not always friendly. The weak do not survive and even the strong one’s have poor survival rates.

What do you think it takes to survive and be successful? I think it requires prior experience where you’ve shown serious conviction and unflappable determination. The business idea that you come up with is important but that will likely shift, change, and evolve. When that happens, what were the angel investors putting their money on? Three letters: You.

Event at thinkspace tonight: Is Angel Funding Is Right For You? With speaker Brian Brewer.

2 replies
  1. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    I’m not sure this is applicable, but I feel like if someone really wants something they will find a way to make it happen. This is what separates people that whine and complain from people that are out there fighting for their ideas. Entrepreneurial tenacity is an admirable trait.

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    • Peter Chee
      Peter Chee says:

      It’s totally applicable — most people bootstrap their companies. While it’s a challenge to start a company with just a tiny bit of money it actually forces the founder to be more resourceful. It also means the founder needs to have a broader range of skills as you can’t just hire people to make up for your knowledge gaps or bring in advisers that can fill that gap. I agree with you if someone really wants to launch a start up idea they will find a way.

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