Just because early-stage entrepreneurs aren’t ready for the venture capital market doesn’t mean they’re out of options to get the funding they need to grow their businesses.

For startups whose growth trajectory isn’t yet appealing to investors or entrepreneurs who are skittish about leaping into the waters of venture capital investors, resources are available to help them reach their next funding stage.

Increasingly, other options—such as co-investing, federal grants and accessing other government or university assistance, can help. Some also offer free technical assistance to innovative new companies.

Panelists at this month’s Wisconsin Technology Council’s Early Stage Symposium in Madison sorted through some options and tactics for gaining that funding.

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