I'm not talking about having a venture capitalist in your back pocket. Companies at different stages need different kinds of money. And quite frankly, your chances of scoring VC or private equity money right out the gate are slim at best.
Instead, start with people you know. For a friend of mine, that meant tapping into friends of his father, an influential member of the community. My friend had grown up around these men, and they, in turn, thought of him as a son. They wanted him to succeed, as much as his own father did. And when my friend was fresh out of college, with no real experience to back him up, they saw the potential anyway and didn't mind rolling the dice for the chance to see him win.