Small aerospace companies often need investment capital to grow and prosper. Yet they are often viewed as high risk by the investment community, especially young space companies. This paper examines the specific technical, cost and schedule factors that have contributed to this conclusion. Angel and venture investors are interviewed via a series of questions formulated for this purpose. SE methods and processes are then utilized to address these identified risks to assist small aerospace companies to accommodate these concerns early in their development to help ensure their long term prosperity.