Very interesting article by VC Nic Brisbourne, examining the usefulness of advisors in raising startup money. Some interesting numbers:
Advisors are typically small partnerships, or individuals, who help startups raise money from venture capitalists. They usually charge some form of retainer, and then a success fee of a percentage of funds raised and perhaps some options. Retainers normally range from £5,000 to £10,000 a month, the percentage of funds raised between three and five per cent, and options up to 0.5 per cent of the business.
These retainers sound expensive, but, as Nic later points out, if using an advisor is right for you, and you're dealing with an experienced advisor with a close-to-100% success rate, this can certainly be worth the money.
Nic also advises startups who are considering this route not to bother with unknown advisors:
If you are going to use an advisor, then for heaven’s sake go for one who is well respected, well known, and has a wide network. Otherwise you might as well email the VCs yourself.
More in the article.