5 Ways to Meet a Business Partner for Your Startup

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Pickevent was founded through a chance meeting that eventually lead to a fantastic business opportunity. However. not everyone is so lucky; finding a business partner for your startup idea can be tough.

Being proactive is the most important part of ensuring your startup takes off. Here are 5 of the best ways to find a startup partner.

Raid your current network

Ideally, the person you co-found a company should be someone you have known for a long time. There is a lot of trust required in making a business work, knowing the person can be a huge benefit.

However, it’s not all plain sailing. There are two issues with turning to someone you know. The first issue is that, as friends or close colleagues, your social connections may be strained by a business connection. The second, larger, issue is that your contacts may overlap too significantly. Ideally, your business partner should have a whole range of fresh contacts; if your professional circles cover the same people, you will be doing a disservice to your startup.

Meet people at events

Networking is a great way to find people who are also looking for business partners. On Pickevent, you can see why people are attending events; some people will be marked as looking for partners or investors. Aim to meet those people at the event to improve your chances of meeting the right person.

Go to a specific group

There are networking groups set up to help people find business partners. Finding and attending one of these groups in your area can massively improve your chances of meeting the right person. Companies like the EEN arrange meetings of this style, which can really help you find your next business partner.

Ask friends to reach out

Let your friends and professional contacts know that you’re looking for a business partner. Your network has a larger spread than you think; there is every chance that someone you meet

Consider going it alone

Running a startup is tough enough when you’re part of a team; going solo means that all of the pressure is heaped on your shoulders. That said, going alone in your business venture means you have complete control over your business, and is for some people the way forward.


Find professional events to network at www.pickevent.com

Ali Coulson 

Photo Credits: Katz Kiely via Flickr