If a company is producing revenues, these might be sufficient for re-investing into growth. This is termed "bootstrapping".
For many, bank loans are the best option. Many founders take out new mortgages on their house and their assets to help finance their new venture.
Many new ventures survive on backing from family and friends, ensuring that the ownership of the venture remains within a close-knit group.
There are a number of New Zealand technology incubators who invest in and actively help commercialise complex technologies and concentrate on taking your concept to the next level by building a business around the technology. A number of founder incubators also exist to support founders through business support and networks to help accelerate your business.
Businesses that are engaged in significant research and development can seek Government funding through Universities, Research Institutes, and Callaghan Innovation. You may also be able to take advantage of Inland Revenue's research and development tax incentive scheme which has been extended to assist start-ups who are in a tax loss position
There are a range of other investors that finance business growth in search of financial returns. Angel investors, crowd funding, seed funds (including the Aspire Fund), venture capital and corporate investment are all options depending upon your stage and size and the growth profile of your business. NZGCP has extensive networks and partners with a wide range of government, universities and other third party investors. Please contact us to see if we can help.
Private equity and public debt and equity (as a result of listing on an appropriate stock exchange) are both options as your company matures.