Trying to get funding for your big idea can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be.
If you're launching your own business, the money is out there, and there are a number of steps you can take to increase your chances of locking it down.
In the U.S. last year, early-stage venture-capital deals secured $27.3 billion in investment, according to a report by CB Insights. While overall U.S. venture capital deals saw funding dip in the fourth quarter to the lowest level since 2011, there's still money to be made. It's all about knowing how to get it.