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Accelerator

Kansas City

How Sickweather Benefited From an Accelerator Network

By | May 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Startup Founders may wonder how they would benefit from being a part of an accelerator. As one who ran the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars from 2014-2016, I saw many examples of the ecosystem in action – it is so vast and comprised of different…

Interviews

San Francisco

OpenInvest Asks Investors to Put Their Money Where Their Values Are

By | May 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Investing platform OpenInvest has just raised $3.25 million in a seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Termed a “social impact investing platform,” the company is one of the first VC-backed Public Benefit Corporations and operates by allowing its users to select issues they care…

Interviews

Columbus

J.D. Vance on Hillbilly Complexities and Startup Cities

By | May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance gives the world insight to his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio where people faced extensive socioeconomic barriers in a poverty-stricken town. From his mother’s multiple marriages and growing opioid addiction and absent father to finding sanctuary with his…

Diversity

In Startups and Business, Women Receive Less Money [Infographic]

By | May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Leading up to the last U.S. election cycle, a great deal of focus was placed on wage inequality and disparities in venture capital raised by women. It is now well established that not only do women typically make less money. However, add in any…

Virtual Reality

Los Angeles

Taylor Freeman of UploadVR on Building a Passionate Culture for Good

By | May 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Working in the film and event industry for many years, Taylor Freeman decided to put his career on hold and travel around Europe reflecting on what is important and discovering his true passion, technology. “My real passion was around technology, user experience and providing…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Redd Raises Nearly $1M in New Investment Round

By | May 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Brunswick-based Redd, the energy bar company, has raised the majority of a $1.5 million investment round. The company filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday revealing that it had raised $867,861 out of a $1.5 million offering. It claimed 13…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Ocean Renewable Power Company Restructures, Raising $2.5M in Series B

By | May 4, 2017 at 11:20 am

Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company is in the midst of raising $2.5 million in its second big equity round of fundraising. The renewable energy company has raised $1.31 million out of a $2.5 million offering, according to paperwork recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Ecosystems

Connecticut

Connecticut Ecosystem Sparks Connections Through Celebrations

By | May 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Connections are key to creating a meaningful message. Anyone that has glanced at Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell will know that connectors help spur ideas and messages across a group. For founders, an entrepreneurial ecosystem is no different. Founders may have a great idea,…

Funding

FinLab’s $30M Initiative Seeks Diverse Entrepreneurs for Third Cohort

By | Apr 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

FinLab, a 5-year initiative managed by the nonprofit Center for Financial Services Innovation and JPMorgan Chase, is now in the home stretch for accepting startups and entrepreneurs into their third cohort. Of the hundreds of startups who will apply, nine winners will be selected…

Business

Portland, Maine

3 Signs That Vets First Choice Is Preparing for an IPO

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Going public is a big deal for any company. It requires months of preparation, years of hard work, and decades of innovative thinking. And if you’re pay attention, it can be easy to spot these companies before they make the move. And while I…

Robots

Boulder

The Chowbotics Robot Will Make You a Salad

By | Apr 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

When you walk into a restaurant, you expect to see chefs, line cooks, and maybe a waiter or two contributing to the creation your meal. But what would you think if a robot made your lunch? Chowbotics, previously Casabots, builds robots that prepare food. The company’s…

Funding

The 5 Things to Know About Raising Seed Funding

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

So you have an idea and now you need some financial support to get the ball rolling. At this point, seed capital can be helpful. Although the seed round is usually smaller and can come from many funding options (friends, family, incubators, angels, VCs),…

Accelerator

What Does Traction Mean to Accelerators?

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

When accelerators are looking to select a startup for their program, a company’s traction is going to be part of the conversation. In an interview Jenny Fielding, managing director of Techstars IoT in New York City, and Ted Serbinski, managing director for Techstars Mobility in…

Finance

The Top 4 Tips for Starting Your Own Business on a Budget

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

Setting up a new business is always challenging, no matter how much money you have. When you are on a budget, it is even more demanding. That’s why it is important to be careful to ensure you set the right stage for your new…

Funding

Dallas

How Underserved Startups Gain Access to Flexible Capital

By | Apr 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

How are your local organizations helping provide capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved markets? What challenges do startups face when seeking loans? How can the hidden barriers be overcome? At Dallas Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, one panel addressed these issues head-on,…

Interviews

Ankur Jain and Alex Fiance of Kairos Society on Moonshots for Social Good

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning right or opportune moment, and a word used to describe the Kairos Society, a global foundation dedicated to solving the world’s problems through business, technology and innovation. Kairos was founded in 2008 by Ankur Jain and joined later by Alex…

Funding

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…