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What Investors Will Consider When Evaluating Your Business

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on March 13, 2008

Once you’ve decided your business needs funding, investors will need to carry out due diligence before finalizing their investments. Though all investors have their own particular considerations when deciding whether or not to invest in a given company, there are some areas most investors weigh heavily.

To start with, investors will look to the company executives—especially the CEO and CFO—to determine whether or not the current leadership is capable of driving the company forward. That means you need to surround yourself with high quality people who can help you along the way. Investors will also look for competitive differentiation. Make your business stand out by creating unique and innovative products and business models. The dynamics of external environments are always changing, and investors will look to see if you’ve altered your positioning accordingly.

Recognize what investors are looking for, position your business in the best possible light, and secure the most appropriate funding.

Peter J. Boni
President and CEO
Safeguard Scientifics
Wayne, Pa.

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