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Can you get Funding for an app idea?

Farroghi Realestate The Best Ideas are the Simplist

February 15th, 2017

I got a quote from a local app development company and the first stage of UI and prototyping will costs 8-12k for basically a blueprint. Then it will cost 150k-250k to develop the idea. I have done the market research and know paying customers. I'm just a sales guy but determined to get this product to market.

Ish Singh

February 15th, 2017

Farroghi, Here are a couple of suggestions based on my experience:

  1. There is no need to spend any money on building a blue print or prototype. There are sufficient ways available online to make a visual wireframe and/or prototype.
  2. The most important thing you can do is to talk to potential customers, and make sure there is sufficient market/demand for your idea. Highly recommend doing this before you spend a dime or time on developing anything. Many times the potential users will tell you things that will either change your idea completely or you will need to discard it completely or modify it to meet the demand. So make sure you have a clear picture of what customers will pay for before building it.
  3. Startups/development is an ongoing process, one time costs are not an accurate way to plan your startup. There is maintenance, bug fixes, technology upgrades and new features that come up all the time, so plan for those as well.

I would suggest narrowing down your concept to a MVP (minimum viable product), and invest a little bit of money to get it built and see how users respond before spending time on investors.



Amitesh Mishra Founder & CEO - TAS (,

February 15th, 2017

It depends. Usually the funding takes time and it's not a wise idea to depend on only funding for taking your product live. What if it doesn't come? You should look at alternative ways to bootstrap till that time.

Conor O'Nolan Developer of mobile apps /Business manager

February 15th, 2017

You should look into a minimum product at much lower cost (150k+ is seriously high). I suspect you have a lot of backend development at that price.

You should get some sort of prototype from 5 days work. Then you can validate by showing to customers. Then maybe someone will fund next stage.

Theodore Caravellas Experienced CTO, bringing ideas from concept to v1. Mentor, Tech Advisor. Greek living in Uganda

February 16th, 2017

As previously mentioned, you only need a mockup/wireframe to talk to an investor (angel). Actual product is not a requirement to get funded but team is. The investor will check if you have a good team that will take the idea and make it a killer product.

As Ish previously mentioned, building an startup is an ongoing process, especially technical one. A tech co-founder is the best investment you can do if you want to move forward...

Good luck!

Paul Haris Business Development manager at mindinvetory

February 18th, 2017

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February 20th, 2017

There are startups out there that will develop the app for you in exchange for equity. It just has to be a good idea and fit for them.

Stephen Hauck Programmer with common sense, integrity and drive

February 16th, 2017

If you can use PowerPoint and the like you can build a mock or playable demo with fake data even (Balsamiq)

I use things like to make demos or even things like have prototyping tools for you to mock with.

If you can't figure out Balsamiq there is a course on Udemy that's like $15 on how to do it.

Also, I would have someone do a blind review of your quote.... Here is why...when tech people or their salesman read something they interpret it one way and you may have meant it a completely different way and that will affect cost.

Think about a segmented / staged launch....You could be asking for the sun, moon and stars from the start when just the sun would generate enough revenue to pay for the moon and stars.

James Wilkoszewski Executive Director at j15i Pte Ltd

February 18th, 2017

I agree with Conor. You need to source more realistic quotes keeping in mind what you need it to do. The last app we did cost me a fraction on what you have budgeted but to get back to your question of can you get funding for an idea? Yes and no. Normally you need to get an interactive mock up done at a minimum before you will be able to generate interest leaving you with only one source of PE available (Friends, Family and Fools) All of which come with its own type of issues. Ask yourself who do want to allow to be a shareholder? As a start up it matters as they will have a certain degree of control.

Allow me to add a year ago many investors were throwing money at tech ideas.Now pre-revenue company's are finding it hard to raise capital if there is no near sign of a revenue stream. I realize you are eager to get to the market but I'd you need to be aware of the dangers of just getting the money through the door from anyone. I am sure that your question will be a nonissue once you have the development costs down where they should be.

Jacob Judah innovative iOS developer

February 18th, 2017

ideas mean nothing. Don't just hit up 1 agency, do your research. I recommend starting with finding/ interviewing freelancers.

you have a long way to go my friend, good luck

Jenny Kwan Co-Founder and Technical Lead of Woodlamp Technologies

May 11th, 2018

Good Goddess. Will people stop saying, "that sounds low," or "that sounds high," when you don't even know what's being built?

As to the realism of getting that capital, I doubt it. You need to phase it into existence. What's the cheapest form this can take to test viability?