在您进入市场并销售新发明之前，您可能需要筹集一些资金，以便为您的产品的生产，包装，存储，运输和营销成本提供资金，您可以通过各种方式进行，包括收购投资者，获得商业贷款，或申请政府和拨款计划。虽然您可以对自己的发明进行个人投资，但通常很难赚到足够的资金来开发产品 – 特别是因为大多数人发现很难甚至支付基本的生活费用 – 因此您必须寻求投资者，贷款，赠款和政府创新计划提供的财务帮助。希望获得利润丰厚的商业伙伴关系的新发明者应始终以适当的商业方式行事 – 要求以非正式方式（充满语法和拼写错误等）提供的财务支持的电子邮件查询可能不会产生任何回应，但专业的电子邮件，信件或电话可能至少会得到答复。为了更好地帮助您实现自己的发明，您还可以加入当地的发明家团队，向您所在地区已经成功创建，营销和销售自己的发明的人学习 – 在筹集资金，寻找支持者和获得专利之后他们自己。政府的许多部门都提供赠款和贷款，以资助研究和发明的发展;但是，这些补助金往往非常具体，具体取决于什么类型的资金以及哪些发明可以申请联邦援助。例如，美国能源部为开发有利于环境的发明提供补助，或者可以节约能源，而美国小企业部提供小企业贷款以使新公司开始实施。在任何一种情况下，获得补助金或贷款都需要您的步法，研究和漫长的申请流程。此外，您还可以申请多个学生创新计划和竞赛，学生可以通过这些计划赢得奖品或奖学金来追求他们的发明。甚至还有特殊的加拿大发明资金，提供研究资金，补助金，奖励，风险投资，支持团体以及专门面向加拿大公民（和居民）的加拿大政府专利局。风险投资或风险投资是在企业中投入或可用于投资的资金，例如将可能有利可图的发明（以及可能的损失）带给投资者和市场。传统上，风险投资是企业创业的第二或第三阶段融资的一部分，首先是企业家（发明人）将自己的可用资金投入到小规模经营中。成为一名企业家是一项艰巨的任务，因为您需要制造，营销，宣传和分发您自己的发明或知识产权。在融资的初始阶段，您需要起草一份商业计划并将自己的资金投入到产品中，然后将您的想法传达给可能想要投资的风险资本家或天使投资者。可以说天使投资人或风险资本家可以提供资金。一般来说，天使投资人是指拥有个人（家庭）或行业相关利益的备用资金的人。天使投资者有时被称为投入情感资金，而据说风险资本家投资逻辑资金 – 两者都愿意帮助新企业更加稳固。一旦您获得融资，您可能需要在整个财政季度和年度向这些投资者报告，以更新您的支持者他们的投资情况。虽然预计大多数小型企业在最初的一到五年内会亏钱，但您仍希望保持专业，积极（和现实）的盈利预测，以保持投资者的满意度。
Before you get to market and sell your new invention, you’ll likely need to raise some capital in order to fund the production, packaging, storage, shipment, and marketing costs for your product, which you can do through a variety of means including acquiring investors, taking out business loans, or applying to governmental and grant programs. Although you can make a personal investment on your own invention, it’s often difficult to earn enough money to get a product off the ground—especially since most people find it hard to even cover base living expenses—so it’s imperative that you are able to seek financial help from investors, loans, grants, and governmental innovation programs. New inventors hoping to acquire lucrative business partnerships should always conduct themselves in an appropriate businesslike manner—an e-mail inquiry asking for financial support penned in an informal manner (full of grammar and spelling errors, etc.) will likely yield no response, but a professional e-mail, letter, or phone call will likely at least get a response. For more help getting your invention off the ground, you could also join a local inventors group to learn from those in your area who have already successfully created, marketed, and sold their own inventions—after raising money, finding backers, and getting a patent themselves. Many branches of the government give grants and loans to fund research and the development of inventions; however, these grants are often very specific as to what type of funding is given and what inventions can apply for federal aid. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy offers grants for the development of inventions that benefit the environment or can save energy while the U.S. Department of Small Business offers small business loans to get new companies off the ground. In either case, getting a grant or loan will require footwork, research, and a lengthy application process on your part. Additionally, you could apply for several student innovation programs and competitions where students can win prizes or a scholarship to pursue their inventions. There is even special Canadian invention funding available, which provides research money, grants, awards, venture capital, support groups, and Canadian government patent offices specifically geared toward Canadian citizens (and residents). Venture capital or VC is funding invested, or available for investment, in an enterprise such as bringing an invention that can be profitable (along with the possibility of loss) to an investor and the marketplace. Traditionally, venture capital is part of the second or third stage of financing for a business startup, which starts with the entrepreneur (inventor) putting their own available funding into a shoestring operation. Becoming an entrepreneur is quite an undertaking as you’ll need to manufacture, market, advertise and distribute your own invention or intellectual property. During the initial stage of financing, you’ll need to draft a business plan and invest your own capital into the product, then pitch your idea to the venture capitalists or angel investors who might want to invest. An angel investor or venture capitalist may be convinced to contribute funding. Generally, an angel investor is someone with spare funds that have some personal (family) or industry-related interest. Angel investors are sometimes said to invest emotional money, while venture capitalists are said to invest logical money—both are willing to help give the new enterprise a more solid footing. Once you secure financing, you will likely have to report back to these investors throughout the fiscal quarter and year to update your backers on how well their investment is doing. Although most small businesses are expected to lose money in the first one to five years, you’ll want to remain professional and positive (and realistic) about your earnings projections to keep your investors happy.