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October 24, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

The Spectrum of Business Financiers

There are numerous types of business investors and a multitude of names by which they are coined; angel, seed, start-up, venture capital, private equity, mezzanine, leveraged buyout, management buyout, public companies, etc.

Investors are usually more active within a certain bandwidth corresponding to the growth cycle of a company from birth to maturity. A simplistic view is to divide investors into the following main categories, which coincide with the phases of a company’s maturing process:

  • Angel – founding
  • Venture Capital – early stage
  • Private Equity – growth phase
  • Mezzanine – growth/maturing
  • Public – mature