“Entrepreneurs navigating the later stages of a startup face a mine field of funding options, and not all of them are suitable for their business,” writes David Spreng, founder and CEO of Runway Growth Capital.
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There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to raising money, but David walks through some of the options to help you choose the right one for your business. For example, a strategic partnership might be more suitable and can often help drive business growth. Another option might be to apply for a government grant, if that makes sense for your company.
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