What Are the Different Types of Funding Sources Available?

A startup’s guide to fundraising.

Jun 11, 2024 · 2 Minute Read

Mana Tech Types of Funding Lecture

At Mana Tech, we’re committed to equipping entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to scale their businesses effectively. Funding is a critical aspect of this journey, and understanding the various sources available is key. Below, we offer a comprehensive overview of funding options tailored to different stages of your startup’s growth.

Family and Friends:

Often the first source of funding for startups, leveraging personal connections can provide crucial initial capital. However, as your business expands, the need for larger investments may render this option insufficient. 

Crowdfunding Platforms:

Examples include traditional platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where backers pre-purchase goods or services in exchange for rewards. However, this model suits product-based startups best, while SaaS startups can explore Equity Crowdfunding.

Angel Investors:

These individuals are willing to invest in early-stage startups in exchange for equity. They typically seek an exit strategy to realize their investment, such as a company sale or going public.

Venture Capital Firms:

Unlike Angel Investors, VCs don’t use personal funds; instead, they deploy money from a fund provided by investors. They seek promising startups and provide funds in exchange for equity, aiming for a profitable exit strategy.

Private Equity:

This involves a group of investors making direct investments in a company, typically focusing on mature companies beyond the growth stage. They aim to enhance the company’s value to generate a return on their investment.


These programs offer crash-courses to fast-track your entrepreneurial journey. Their goal is to help you save time, money, and effort. While some accelerators offer capital in exchange for equity (usually no more than 10%), such as Mana Tech, we take 0% equity. 

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