Im actually from Colombia, was living in Miami and eventually got funded in Silicon Valley.
Build a profile on Angel.co and follow as many potential investors as you can, if you dont know which investors to follow then search for a twitter list of Venture Capital they are easy to find.
I actually made a list of 100 VC's in Silicon Valley
Now you don't know any of them, but you want to get to understand who the players in the scene are. Once you have a potential "feel" for what type of investor is compatible with your startup then you work on building your "connectors".
To do this I actually flew to SF and spent a full 1 month going to every single event related to tech that was posted on eventbrite or meetup. Talk to entrepreneurs ask them if they are funded and how they did it, tell them your story and what you are looking for and buy them a beer -that way they owe you. Events like that produce great connections, go back to your hometown and reconnect with your acquaintances via linkedin. Ask them if they dont mind an intro to "x" investor, most entrepreneurs brag about the VC's they know or how they are connected so you might get an intro.
If that doesn work then hack it, use a tool like rapportive and figure the email of the VC you want and send a short cold email. VC's suffer from short attention span, but you can always bait them to pay attention with the right words. Although most of them say they only pay attention if they are referred to by someone they know. I actually got Mark Cuban to reply to one of my emails this way, so it works.
Last, use clarity.fm with the excuse that you have a startup related question to many of the VC's that are currently listed. Worst scenario you will get an awkward response but still get to mail them directly via clarity's messaging system.
If you like more ideas willing to chat :)
Where you physically reside doesn't matter in getting intros. Assuming the country you're talking about is the US, the place with the most density for investors and people who can connect you to them is San Francisco and physical time spent here is the surest way to get those intros. New York is second best. It's best to start with "hyper connectors." What I mean by this are entrepreneurs backed by great investors who are known to be helpful when they believe in someone and their idea.
So look for these connectors on AngelList who you think are close but not competitive or who have exited previously to ideas similar yours. Reach out to them, say that you're planning on being in their city in the next couple of weeks and ask to buy them a coffee at a time and place of their choosing.
I raised my first round while I still resided in Canada but it required extensive travel back and forth to San Francisco.
Events can lead to some intros especially any event thrown by Paddy Cosgrove and his team but it takes a *lot* of work to turn those meetings into relationships.
There are some decent VC's in "the middle" of the US increasingly doing earlier stage stuff so you should be sure to look at who's nearby to you.
I'm doing a Clarity live event all about the fundraising process in early November:
Or, just schedule a call anytime and I can answer this in more depth.
Apply for incubator programs. There are plenty all over the country, and going through a program will open you up to VC's all over the country.
If your startup does well, you can get VC intros easily. Just ask a friend on Facebook who does a startup in SF and you will get intros.
If your startup doesn't do well (yet), you also won't get intros to VCs. If your physically in SF, then you might get them easier, however, then you will waste your time trying to fund raise from VCs, instead of working on your startup so that it does become investable.
Let me know if you'd like to chat more about this and we can see if I can help you out in a call.
I am actually running a funding platform specifically designed to help solve this problem. Please feel free to get in touch.
The way to approach investors is the same regardless of location. Although there are many more opportunities on the coasts as I can attest being a serial entrepreneur here in Texas.
Before trying to approach investors, the first question you need to ask is: What type of funding are you really ready to raise? If you need intros to VCs, then my guess is you really aren't ready for VC funding but need pre-seed or seed funding which are areas that very few (and diminishing) VCs invest. If you are in the early stages of fund raising (i.e., this will be your first round of equity investment), then friends, family, angels, crowdfunding, and government sources are more appropriate.
Here are a few methods to attempt to get intros to investors:
1. Incubators/accelerators: Many incubators and accelerators have been established recently. Check to see if there are any available in your area to which you can apply. Here's one list of accelerators and incubators: http://webbmediagroup.com/list-of-incubators-and-accelerators
2. Pitch competitions: There are many business plan competitions across the U.S. The competitions not only give you experience in pitching your business, many investors are typically in the audience. Here's a good site on business plan competitions: http://www.bizplancompetitions.com/
3. Universities: If you are an alum from a university, then the alumni association can be a good source for introductions to potential investors. Also, if you have connections with a local university, then they may have classes and other opportunities to help with your startup, including investor introductions.
4. Friends and family: Many times, someone you know may have an investor connection. If they don't know you are looking for investors, then you may never know the type of connections your friends and family have. You don't want to come across as desperate or pushy, but casually letting people you know that you have a startup looking for investment may open up some doors.
Good luck with your pursuit for funding. If you are starting up a healthcare-related company, then I'd be glad to answer any additional questions you may have.
First, look to the largest city nearby and find attorneys who have written term sheets. Any attorney who has written term sheets knows angel investors (and I assume you are looking for angel investment, as that comes before VC money).
The problem is that few attorneys are going to give you their list of angel investors if you are not a client of theirs. This is why it is always best to have a relationship with an attorney who has written term sheets.
If that route doesn't work for you, then you must get a warm introduction to an angel investor. Most will not take your executive summary unless you have some connection to them. So how do you find them?
Nearly every city has a group of angel investors that meet on a regular basis. Doing a search should turn up a few websites. However, many of them are not active, so you must do your research to see who is still investing.
When you find those, you should look at the bios of the team members and see if you have any connections to them at all. It could be you both are alums of a certain school, or move in similar circles. Look them up on Linkedin to see if there is any connection to people you know.
Find a way to connect and then invite the person to coffee, but make it clear you are not pitching your idea. Instead, ask that you meet just because you are new to this and want to know how you should approach the issue of funding.
If you do have a company that is good, but if you don't have a company yet or even a product that is market ready, you will likely not get much interest no matter how many investors you know.
Without further information, I can't really give much more advice.