Investors Appeal: Here’s 1 Interesting Truth To Make You Stand Out To Investors

Why having a co-founder can make you more appealing to investors.

The journey to securing investment is often a challenging one. But, there’s a strategic move that might just tilt the scales in your favour: teaming up with a co-founder. 

I recently spoke with SME Today and explained how having a co-founder in your start-up can make your business more appealing to potential investors. Having raised equity investment for my own business, and having supported angel investors with their investments, I’ve seen both sides of the investment table. 

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As a solo founder myself I enjoy steering my business in-line with my own vision. This is echoed by other solo founders that I work closely with on our Funding Accelerator programme. But, I realise that as my company grows the quantity of decisions to be made may become overwhelming. Having someone to share the decision making with can help relieve those pressures, and may even help obtain a better work-life balance!

How having a co-founder in your start-up de-risks investments 

Investing Angels prefer investing in businesses with multiple founders because it helps mitigate risk, a primary concern for investors. While backing fledgling ventures inherently carries high risk, spreading this risk across a diversified team enhances capital protection, rendering the business more enticing. A founding team boasting diverse skill sets not only reassures investors but also enhances the business’s appeal. Moreover, investors are perpetually seeking novelty, and finding the right co-founder can inject originality into your venture.

As a founder, your aspiration is to give your customers the product or service they desire, perhaps bringing about positive change for a community or our planet in the process. Collaborating with one or more co-founders expands your capacity to achieve this goal, whilst also broadening the range  of potential investors you can attract. During pitches, showcasing the synergies between your ideas and the skills of your founding team underscores your commitment to building a robust brand.

Recognising that no individual excels in all areas, assembling a team that complements each other’s strengths demonstrates a dedication to meeting customer needs and maintaining a unique selling proposition which investors expect. Embracing the ethos of constant adaptation and discovery, founding a business with co-founders who bring different perspectives not only expands your horizons but also propels your venture to new heights.

Investors know there are risks, but there is truth in the safety of numbers:

In the world of business, risk is an ever-present reality, whether you’re expanding your customer base or redefining your business model. As a sole founder, the weight of these risks can feel particularly daunting. Investors, whilst understanding risk,, will seek reassurance that the founding team are minimising risk and have the skills to succeed. For many, having a co-founder diminishes risk, shows you have build a strong team equipped to deliver business success  and bolsters investors’ confidence.

How does having a co-founder make you stand out?

A well-rounded founding team, with expertise spanning technical, operational, marketing, and commercial domains, not only instils confidence in investors but also equips you to tackle whatever  business challenges might come up. This diverse skill set becomes the bedrock upon which you build your business, your investor pitch and is how you showcase your strengths to potential investors. What is more, the presence of multiple co-founders gives you greater  capacity for growth and scalability, be that providing “hands to the pumps” to get things done in the business or bringing a range of viewpoints that can support  your start-up’s ability to pivot and adapt to market demands swiftly—all of which matter to investors eyeing up high-growth potential.

How do you choose the right co-founder?

Choosing the right co-founder is pivotal. Ideally look for  someone who has worked in startups before, perhaps someone experienced in scaling businesses or adept at marketing. Any co-founder’s skills should complement yours, and, of course, you’ll want to be aligned on the vision for the company. Co-founders can emerge from unexpected places—be it a neighbour or a former colleague—so long as they bring tangible value and share your commitment to success, don’t be afraid to consider anyone. Collaboration not only distributes decision-making responsibilities but also fosters a critical examination of strategies and provides invaluable support, thereby enhancing work-life balance and fortifying your position in the eyes of investors. You can read more on choosing the right co-founder here

If you’re a solo founder seeking funding for your start-up, it’s worth considering finding a co-founder to improve your investability. If you are a little way off finding a co-founder, an option could be to surround yourself with some great mentors. Our Funding Accelerator program – along with helping you to become “investment ready” in 90 days – also gives you access to a pool of expert mentors who offer one-to-one support and advice, a good interim option until you are ready to find a co-founder.

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