Funding and finance for a business or freelancing

Every company requires money to run its business, and sometimes it is impossible to continue business without injection of cash from time to time.

There are different ways to collect money and keep the business running. Sometimes, a loan from banks and other financial institutions, or they can also take funds from investors in the form of share capital. Retained profits are also utilised for this purpose. No matter what way they use for to collect money, it can be done either by funding or financing.

Generally, funding and financing are interchangeably used in the financial world, but there is a difference between these two terms.

Funding

Funding is actually the money provided by companies or by a government sector for a specific purpose, whereas, financing is a process of receiving capital or money for business purpose, and it is usually provided by financial institutions, such as, banks or other lending agencies.

Funding is an amount of money provided by the organization or government on the basis of an agreement. It is usually free of charge.

There may be certain contractual requirements in that agreement, but there are no requirements to pay back the capital. The most common facilitators that normally fulfil the funding needs of an organisation are the donations made by governments, or philanthropists.

Financing

Financing, on the other hand, is an amount of capital or the sum of money provided to an organisation with the expectation to repay, and organizations are liable to pay back the capital amount along with a certain percentage of interest. Therefore, the repayment also includes an interest component. It is usually provided by financial institutions like banks, or investors like venture capitalists, business angels, shareholders, etc.

We have finance expert 1:1 appointments available to discuss finance and funding - please contact thecube@plymouth.ac.uk to book an appointment.

FounderCatalyst

The FounderCatalyst platform quickly and professionally creates all of the legal paperwork and helps manage investor engagement.

Your business journey mapped out.

Starting and running your own business can be both challenging and exciting. You focus and work hard to grow your business, then before you know it you're looking for that all-important funding to catapult you to the next level.

FounderCatalyst was borne out of a desire to help founders with the legal stage of the funding journey, to be a partner you can trust. Our aim is to make your journey as simple and easy as possible; to save you time and money without any compromise on quality. Ultimately, it's about making you stand out from the crowd and boosting your chances of success.

For free you can get:

  • Your own professional tailored company term sheet
  • A secure data room to upload supporting material, such as your pitch-deck, business plan and financial models
  • The ability to invite investors to access your documents and term sheet in your data room in a safe and secure way
  • Non-disclosure agreements signed by investors before they view your company information
  • Watermarked versions of your legal documents which you can check before you commit to pay