Would there be any VC invest someone from abroad


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I'm interested to build a startup company and I am interested that there are many VCs located in USA. Would it be possible to get funding from American VCs if you are from another country? I don't mind moving to USA too if that is one of the requirement. Anybody has experience about this?

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asked Oct 17 '09 at 00:05
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Jpartogi
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While some VCs like to invest only in companies that are located near them (which makes it easier to follow the startups' progress) others do invest abroad. If your company is worth investing in, then investors will come.

You said that you are interested in building a company... It takes a while between the time that a company is started and when it is big enough for a VC to invest in it. They won't invest less then $1M, which means that your company needs to be worth at least that much. Until you get that big, you can try to get an investment from the 3 F's (Family, Friends and Fools) or from an angel investor.

There are plenty of considerations when choosing in which country to start a company, including where the main market is, taxes and other legal issues, where your family and friends live and many other things to consider. The internet and globalization make these choices even more interesting.

I saw in your profile that you are from Australia. You might want to check out the The Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association ( http://www.avcal.com.au/ )

answered Oct 17 '09 at 02:46
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Ron Ga
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  • Thanks. That's a valuable info for me. – Jpartogi 10 years ago

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Most VCs tend to stay in their geographic area for investments.

The best thing to do (once you are ready to raise capital) is to look for VCs that have invested in companies in your area (as many firms have local offices in major markets all over the world).

If there aren't many startups in your area that have received VC funding, it's going to be much harder.

answered Oct 17 '09 at 04:43
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Dharmesh Shah
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