How to Raise the Funds You Seek for Your Medical Device Company

Rick Baron, Dave Sheppard, Teresa Gonzalo, and Enzo Villani led our panel at our fifth annual 10x Medical Device Conference.

Among the topics they discussed:

What kind of capital should I raise?
• Talk to angels, friends, and family; after that stage get an advisor who will guide you. Another: Go to VCs when you are pre-revenue and seriously consider debt once you’re post revenue so you don’t dilute your ownership.

Is there such a thing as “bad money?”
• Yes. That’s when you end up with a partner you can’t tolerate. Find money that wants to work with you and that understands what it takes to succeed in medical devices. Better still if they are connected in the industry and can make introductions for you.

How do investors determine how risky an investment is?
• They evaluate the management, engineering and regulatory expertise, size of market and financials, the strength of your IP, your freedom to operate, and reimbursement.

Rick added: Whenever you’re raising capital ask yourself, “How much do I need? Why do I need it? How will I pay it back?” And, “The day you get the check is the day you start the next round.”