Chart illustrating a survey on financing the growth of companies.
How did you finance the growth of your company?
Venture capital 44%
Personal funds 43
Individual investors 35
Private placement 30
Bank loans 28
Loans from personal 12 sources
Revenues from operations 9
Sweat equity 3
Note: Total is higher than 100% because of multiple answers.
Source: An Inc. survey of 89 public companies reporting a five-year growth rate of 1,088% or higher since 1985.