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…


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…


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…


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…


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…



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…


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…


Should You Bootstrap or Seek Outside Financing For Your Startup?

By | Jan 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Aside from the idea itself, the most important detail contributing to small business success is the actual funding to get that idea off the ground. There is more than one way to achieve the initial funding you need for your startup, and each ones…


Here Are Some Important Questions to Consider When Raising Capital

By | Dec 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Finding the right funding for your startup begins by asking the right questions. You need to understand what venture capitalists want know about your company so that you can have the advantage when it comes to getting your startup the capital it needs to succeed….


Redwood City

Tact Closes $15 Million to Readily Connect Sales Tools to Mobile Devices

By | Dec 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Today, Tact, a Redwood City, CA based company, announced the successful close of a $15 million series B round led by Upfront Ventures. The round also had participation from Microsoft Ventures, and existing investors Kevin Efrusy of Accel Partners and Satish Dharmaraj of Redpoint…


Portland, Maine

Maine Technology Institute Provides $1.2M to Help Industry Clusters

By | Dec 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

The Maine Technology Institute announced this week that it has provided more than $1.2 million to four organizations dedicated to growing  Maine’s high-potential, technology-enabled industry clusters. The grants, which come from MTI’s Cluster Initiative Program, were given to organizations supporting Maine’s agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries,…



Splash Gets Investment to Revamp B2B Event Management Tech

By | Dec 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

As one of the leading startups in event marketing software, Splash is primarily known for helping businesses create landing pages, sell tickets, and manage communications for all their events. But as a recent announcement infers, the company has been quietly making moves to build…



SupportPay Raises $4 Million to Automate Child Support Payments

By | Dec 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

Today, Sacramento-based startup SupportPay is announcing the successful close of a $4 million Series A round led by Fenway Summer Ventures. The round also had participation by previous investors as well as Moneta Ventures and Continental Advisors. As part of the new round, Fenway…


9 Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparing to Raise Their First Series A

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

After you’ve raised a friends and family round, the funding game can be pretty intimidating. The seed round will help you better understand the process, but taking on a Series A is the true sign of a budding startup. And it’s not easy. We asked…


GoFundMe Challenge Could Get You $10,000 For Your Cause

By | Nov 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

When people need a little help raising money for community efforts, college funds, medical bills, adopting a dog, among other things, they often turn to GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform. As part of the season of giving, the company announced the #GoBeyondGiving…


Ask Techstars: Going From Seed to Series A

By | Nov 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

When your startup is going for that Series A, knowing what investors look for in a business is helpful when moving from one round to the next. At Techstars, Ari Newman, partner at Techstars; Bryan Birsic, CEO of Wunder Capital (Boulder ‘14); and Bora Celik,…


Founders Speak Up on the Perils of Bootstrapping at Seattle Startup Week

By | Nov 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Seattle Startup Week has already graced its audience — and our loyal Tech.Co readers — with insight on everything from Facebook and Twitter’s digital marketing advice to the benefits of boutique rose-flavored cotton candy. But the founders in and around Seattle have plenty more…