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Venture Capital

The Missouri Department of Economic Development, other state agencies, and federal agencies have a broad array of resources to facilitate capital formation for new and expanding high growth businesses.

Seed Venture Capital
Venture Capital is equity financing.  Equity financing involves no direct obligation of the business to repay any fund; however, it does involve selling a partial interest of the business to the investor.  Because the investor owns a share of the business, they are interested in the long-term success and future profitability of the business.  Equity financing tends to be very complicated and will require the business to seek the advice and representation of an attorney and accountant.

New Enterprise Creation Act
The New Enterprise Creation Act is intended to generate investment for new, startup Missouri businesses that have not developed to the point where they can successfully attract conventional financing or significant venture capital from later-stage funds.

Certified Capital Companies
A CAPCO may invest in an eligible business, which is in need of venture capital and cannot obtain conventional financing. The eligible businesses must derive their revenue primarily from manufacturing, processing or assembling of products; conducting research and development; or, service businesses, which can demonstrate that more than 33% of its revenue would be from outside the state of Missouri.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Follow this link to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Venture Capital Program.

Missouri Market Maker
The Missouri Market Maker website is your source for venture capital resources, tools, news and information.


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