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8 Phases of VC Investment: What to Expect When You Raise Capital

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising money is a critical turning point for the majority of entrepreneurs. And, with any entrepreneurial endeavor, preparation is key, which is why knowing the roadmap before you get there can help you make some decisions before you end up on the doorstep of…

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Chicago

PhenixP2P Closes $3.5 Million Series A Funding to Improve Video

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The world is going video. Whether you’re a marketing director or a budding journalist, every study on the books is pointing to high quality streaming capabilities as a necessity for future success. However, for most companies, getting on the video bandwagon has been decidedly more…

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Portland, Maine

MTI Awards $1 Million in Funding to Local Companies

By | Apr 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

The Maine Technology Institute awarded more than $1 million in grants and loans to 25 Maine companies and research organizations in February 2017. MTI awarded two Development Loans totaling $604,490, seventeen Seed Grants totaling $368,607, four TechStart grants totaling $19,725, and two Business Accelerator grants…

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Miami

Miami-Based Rokk3r Labs Just Launched a New 9-Figure VC Fund

By | Mar 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

There’s a new VC fund on the block: Rokk3r Fuel. The nine-figure fund, launched by Miami-based Rokk3r Labs, aims to support startups or entrepreneurs in areas typically overlooked by the VC community in Silicon Valley, specifically, Miami, Mexico, Colombia and other Latin American countries. While…

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These 15 Techstars Startups Raised Over $1 Million in 2017

By | Mar 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising capital is no easy feat for any founder. Sometimes, it takes longer than you think to raise the amount of capital you need to keep your business moving forward. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of people out there willing to take a chance on…

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30 Questions Investors Ask During Fundraising

By | Feb 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

Fundraising is a complicated, and at times, confusing process. To fundraise effectively, you need to have a strategy, understand different types of investors, know how much to raise, and create an investor pipeline. And while all of this is integral to an effective funding round, asking the right questions…

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What to Do When Seed Investors Ask to See More Traction

By | Feb 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

“I love what you’re building and I want to invest, BUT I just need to see some more meaningful traction.” -Every VC Ever Every entrepreneur has heard this unfortunate phrase at one point or another. I heard it all the time as a former founder myself, and…

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Phoenix

JPMorgan Chase Grants Almost $1 Million to Non-Profits at Phoenix Startup Week

By | Feb 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll tell you the same thing: living the startup life isn’t easy. Between the long nights, the stressful days, and the constant search for capital, starting a business is a lot harder than some people make it look. Fortunately, there…

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5 Ways to Raise Capital in a Small Market

By | Feb 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

In the competitive world of fundraising, there’s a myth that it’s harder to raise money in smaller markets. Most founders think you have to be on the coasts to start your business. After several years of investing and fundraising in a small market, I don’t…

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7 Tips for Raising Capital in a Slower Market

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

Even when capital is readily available, fundraising is still not easy. The markets are cold, and according to Crain’s and Alley Watch, early stage investment activity in 2016 in NYC is down compared to 2015. The lack of IPOs and liquidity in the later stage has…

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Portland, Maine

Report: Maine SBDC Clients Secured $47.1M in 2016

By | Feb 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Business owners who sought assistance from the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) raised $47.1 million in capital during 2016, more than any other year in the program’s 40-year history, according to the Maine SBDC’s recently released annual report. Maine SBDC surveyed 1,583 of their clients…

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Portland, Maine

CEI Ventures Closes Fourth VC Fund at $10 Million

By | Jan 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

CEI Ventures announced the closing of its fourth venture capital fund with nearly $10 million available to invest in startups in Maine and the Northeast. The Coastal Ventures IV fund has been operating for the past year since their raise of $7.2 million and initial closing in…

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Now You Can Even Crowdsource Your Next Steak Dinner

By | Jan 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Food tech startup Crowd Cow has today announced $2 million in seed funding that it will use to scale operations to a national audience. The Seattle-based startup uses a Kickstarter-like model to connect sustainable ranchers with consumers: Users can sign up to purchase the exact amount…

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3 Startup Accelerators Net Almost 10 Percent of All U.S. Series A Rounds

By | Jan 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

As Mattermark has found, the top three accelerators in the startup business — Y Combinator, Techstars, and 500 Startups — have been responsible for about ten percent of all series A deals in the U.S. for a couple years straight. The real news here? Most…