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From Academia to Accelerator: 3-Spark’s 3D Printing Funding Transition

3Spark

Accelerator versus incubator? Venture versus angel? The startup funding ecosystem is vast and complicated, but even more so when you’re accustomed to funding from an academic perspective. For Rich Ranky and Mark Sivak, two of the three cofounders for 3-Spark, exploring these differences in funding structures and transitioning into the ecosystem has been one of… Read more »


11 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing An Angel Investor

11ThingsYouNeedToKnowAngelInvestors

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. As much as… Read more »



Cintrifuse: A Cincinnati-Based Organization with a New Model for Building a Startup Community

Cintrifuse

Recently, Cintrifuse, the Cincinnati-based, startup-focused, nonprofit organization, held a discussion with members from the local startup community. The meeting’s purpose was for Cintrifuse to hear directly how it can help on the local front. Instead, the discussion became an effort to try to answer the question: “What the heck is Cintrifuse?” This is a frequent question… Read more »


The State of Ohio Takes on Crowdfunding and SoMoLend

SoMoLend

The State of Ohio has taken the first step in taking down a pioneering crowdfunding site but could also be critically wounding the State’s growing entrepreneurial clout. In balancing the interests of both startups and investors, Ohio is making it clear that investor protection within the crowdfunding industry is its primary concern. While this is… Read more »



Meet BitAngels: An Angel Group for Bitcoin Startups

BitAngels

Launched in May, BitAngels is a global, distributed angel group to match the global, distributed currency that it’s supporting. BitAngels will be making $25,000 to $250,000 investments in Bitcoin companies – often with Bitcoins. They might fund currency exchanges or online marketplaces accepting Bitcoin, although their first investment was in Blueseed, the startup boat for… Read more »



Knight Foundation Awards Over $3.2 Million to Startups

Knight News Challenge

Today, the Knight Foundation announced over $3.2 million in funding for eight startups helping citizens interact better with the government. The funding is part of the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov, which launched in February. The goal is to improve public and journalist access to information, and help citizens strengthen their communities. Another Knight… Read more »


How to Handle A Lowball Investment Offer; Young Entrepreneurs Provide 8 Pointers

Lowball Investment Offer

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email… Read more »



5 Ways to Get Investors Interested in Your Startup

5WaysToGetInvestorsInterestedInYourStartup

Entrepreneurs have a number of funding options available to them. From crowdsourcing to angel investors and venture capitalists, there are many organizations and individuals interested in backing startups. Businesses can avoid going into debt from high-interest business loans by securing funding through investors. As startups grow increasingly competitive, a new company must really set itself… Read more »



Startup Jackpot: Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

Startup Jackpot

This past weekend, a room full of people became investors at Startup Jackpot, a startup event raising seed money for other startups. Fifteen local DC startups went head to head for a cold hard cash prize of $10,000 at Canvas, a quirky coworking space nestled in the heart of Dupont. Rather than the usual panel… Read more »


The Upstart Model: Invest in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

InvestInTheEntrepreneur

True entrepreneurs don’t just have a business idea, execute it, and then move into a cushy corner office. They must continue to innovate and come up with new plans to disrupt a market. Investors need to start considering what they are backing — the idea or the individual. The entrepreneur worth investing in has passion… Read more »


5 Smart Ways to Get Seed Funding for Your Startup

SeedFunding

You are blessed with excellent entrepreneurial skills, but you need money to raise your startup to the next level. And getting your business funded by investors seems a challenge. Well, fret not: follow our guide and it will be much easier. 1.  Use your network Your network is your biggest and best asset to meet… Read more »