Companies or ventures that are focused around a single product or service that the founders want to bring to market are Startup companies. These don't have a fully developed business model and, more crucially, lack adequate capital to move onto the next phase of business. Most of these companies are initially funded by their founders.
Many startups turn to others for more funding: family, friends and venture capitalists. Silicon Valley is known for its strong venture capitalist community and is a popular destination for startups, but is also widely considered the most demanding arena. Startups can use seed capital to invest in research and to develop their business plans. Market research helps determine the demand for a product or service, while a comprehensive business plan outlines the company's mission statement, visions and goals, as well as management and marketing strategies.