- Fundraising - more difficult after the pandemic
- Digitization of the fundraising process
- How to obtain financing with the help of VDR
- Clear documentation structure
- Estimation of the investor's interest level
- Due Diligence - in one place, online, 24/7
- Greater range, greater comfort, better image of the project
Acquiring financing is a process that requires proper planning based on the current economic conditions, especially in times of crisis. In order to increase the chance of obtaining capital to finance business activities on favorable terms, it is necessary not only to develop a solid business model, but also to structure the process, taking into account the investor’s perspective – a bank, a fund or an industry investor. What challenges should we expect and how can VDR support the process of obtaining financing?
In the current economic environment, financing is often becoming more expensive and less accessible. This is especially present in the area of SMEs, which can rarely afford to secure adequate funds for development internally. The problem is mostly related to the manufacturing industry – challenges have arisen here due to the pandemic, rising inflation, and the consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Fundraising - more difficult after the pandemic
In 2020, banks tightened the requirements for granting loans to entrepreneurs. This includes lower overall loan amount, the requirement to achieve better financial results or a shorter total loan period. Companies looking for ways to raise funds find themselves in a difficult situation, especially entrepreneurs relying on complex supply chains, more expensive raw materials, and those for whom predicting how the profits of their companies will develop over the next few years is difficult. The rise in commodity and energy prices in the following years made the situation even more disadvantageous.
However, the changing economic landscape also influenced the very process of obtaining financing. It has made banks, investment funds, private investors, or business angels change their approach. The pandemic increased the importance of digitization, the scope of remote proceedings, and the information security in fundraising.
Digitization of the fundraising process
Noteworthy, the importance of remote operation has not been diminished with the decline in the epidemic threat. The world of finance has adapted to online working as much as technology companies have, which nowadays sometimes even resign from renting office space and start operating 100% remotely.
Digital structuring of fundraising processes has become one of the most important factors to optimize it. Today, the speed, convenience and safety of fundraising projects are more substantial than just a few years ago. These characteristics provide additional security and mean lower costs for the financing institutions. How does Virtual Data Room perform as a tool to meet these needs?
How to obtain financing with the help of VDR
Acquiring capital for financing a business activity is a project-like task. Entrepreneurs define goals, threats and deadlines, the scope of work and the degree of involvement of external entities in this type of projects. Success depends – apart from the meritoric side – on how well planned and structured the process of sharing the documentation and what will be its scope.Virtual Data Room is a platform that ensures transparency, security and availability of materials and documents at every stage of obtaining financing.
Thanks to the VDR solution, it will be possible to:
- Limit communication to one channel, also in the case of contacting with many investors
- Control over what is shared – information teaser or business models will not fall into the wrong hands, and access to them can be withdrawn at any time
- Insight into whether and which documents are of interest to potential investors, thanks to activity reports in VDR
- One-time structuring of all documents and its continuous sharing through a link and a detailed authorization system for each group/investor invited to the system
- Confidentiality – investors will not know about the existence of other interested parties
- Improving the company’s image thanks to the use of an industry standard tool in this type of processes
Clear documentation structure
The VDR system enables the creation of a transparent document structure, which in the case of financial projects will allow for easier management of financing stages. Separate folders may contain an investment teaser, available to all potential investors, as well as more detailed investment materials and a business plan. If the investor is interested in the project after reading the teaser, it only requires granting the appropriate access permissions to the documentation loaded in subsequent folders in order to further share them.
Estimation of the investor's interest level
The entrepreneur and their advisers will be able to accurately determine the investor’s interest in each file made available. Activity reports in VDR allow, among other things, to check who and when logged into the system, what files were opened, how long they were browsed, or which files were not opened at all. This information will allow for a substantive assessment of the proceedings and the intentions of the investor’s party. VDR reports are exportable to Excel format, so they can be easily attached to project reports.
Due Diligence - in one place, online, 24/7
Further stages of the financing process, e.g. during Due Diligence, can be continued in the same instance of the VDR platform. Communication regarding the project is possible thanks to the Q&A module, with the help of which the investor can request additional documentation and conduct a Q&A session. Practically, the entrepreneur does not need to conduct additional email communication. Regardless of the number of investors invited, the process will be centralized, documentation easily accessible from anywhere online, and the access to it – strictly controlled.
Greater range, greater comfort, better image of the project
The project documents need to be loaded into the VDR system only once. The same folder can, in turn, be made available to many groups of investors via a dedicated link. This means that it will be easier and faster to reach a larger number of entities potentially interested in financing, regardless of the time zone. For the investor, no need to download documents or search the mail means greater comfort, which is especially important in the initial stages of the process. This also translates into a better reception of the project and the entrepreneur himself. Find more about the functions and the benefits of using Virtual Data Room in the process of obtaining financing on our Features page
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