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Tips & How To’s

3 Crowdfunding Tips That Can Boost Your Campaign

By | Sep 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

Once upon a time if you wanted to get funding for a project you felt good about then you had to borrow money from friends or family or get a bank loan. Nowadays that’s not necessary. Today we have crowdfunding where you can potentially…

Finance

Phoenix

4 Ways Women Founders Prepare for Investor Meetings

By | Sep 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

Getting your pitch down, dealing with rejection, the stress of waiting for the big check and trying to make payroll are just some of not-so-fun parts of raising capital, but for many, it must be done. These days, more women founders and cofounders are…

Ecosystems

Dallas

Department of Commerce Awards $600,000 Grant To Fuel Dallas Entrepreneur Center

By | Sep 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

In the startup world, capital can be hard to come by outside of the coasts. While New York and Silicon Valley enjoy a seemingly unending stream of funding, smaller cities have to either bootstrap, self-fund, or really impress a VC to get the money…

Opinion/Analysis

Should Startups Seek Venture Capital or Borrow From Banks?

By | Sep 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The early stages of a startup are delicate, and the single largest destabilizing factor tends to be money. Even with a brilliant idea and hardworking team, a lack of funding can capsize small companies quickly. Crafty business owners looking to keep the momentum rolling…

Pitch

5 Things to Include in Your Elevator Pitch

By | Sep 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Small message. Big impact. This is in short what elevator pitch is all about. An elevator pitch is a short sales pitch that you must be able to deliver within the quick span of an elevator ride. Think of a ballpark figure anywhere in…

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Finance

4 Benefits to Bootstrapping Your Startup

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

Whenever I think of thousands of startups that are beginning their journeys every day, I remind myself of Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball”. A true story about the MLB manager Billy Beane who guided his team to the MLB finals on the lean budget and his…

Finance

4 Things to Consider When Raising Funds for Your Startup

By | Sep 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

For the last few years, I’ve been a partner at Founder Equity, an early-stage fund. Unlike most funds, we make large investments in talent, we have no fees or traditional carry, and we target companies with prospects for early liquidity. Raising money for a…

Ecosystems

Maine

Maine Technology Institute Wants Your Input on How to Spend $45M 

By | Aug 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

The Maine Technology Institute will receive $45 million as a result of the $50 million bond referendum that voters approved earlier this year and is looking to gather feedback on the process it will use to distribute it. MTI will be soliciting proposals from Maine organizations…

Startup

5 Pathways for Early-Stage Startup Success

By | Aug 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Even the mega tech companies started as small projects and startups, and now they are leading the world with innovation and technology through consistent success. Tech monsters like Amazon, Facebook, Google, etc. have one unique quality that they all share, they always come up with…

Startups & Apps

Maine

This Startup Aims to Swap Blood Draws for Saliva Samples

By | Aug 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

Portland, Maine-based biotech company Abogen, founded in 2012, has developed a method and accompanying technology to extract blood cells from saliva, allowing for the potential replacement of up to 80 percent of the five billion invasive, needle-necessary blood samples drawn annually. The company is…

Funding

London

How To Prepare Your Startup To Pitch Investors

By | Aug 8, 2017 at 8:30 am

For those entrepreneurs new to raising a significant amount of financing from either angel investors, venture capital firms or growth equity firms, the prospect of being examined by an outside party may seem intimidating. You need to prepare your startup to pitch investors –…

Finance

Des Moines

The 7 Biggest Downsides to Bootstrapping and How to Overcome Them

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

To new entrepreneurs, bootstrapping seems both exciting and sensible, and there’s a reason it’s become so popular as a means of funding and growing a new business. The theory is simple: rather than relying on angel investments or venture capital to fund a business,…

Crowdfunding

Los Angeles

7 Crowdfunding Rules That Can Boost Your Campaign

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

Once a novelty act reserved for indie band albums and curious art projects, crowdfunding is starting to play a major role in the world of startups and new products. The appeal is obvious: crowdfunding lets creators and entrepreneurs raise money directly from their community…

Education

10 Edtech Companies With Huge Funding Rounds in 2017

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

Tech companies of all shapes and sizes always claim to be making the world a better place. Whether it’s a company building artificially intelligent dog toys or an entrepreneur that wants to make avocados more affordable, startup mission statements are filled with “social good”…

Accelerator

Y Combinator Plans to Raise a $1 Billion Fund

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Startup accelerators are so much more than the capital they provide. Between the mentorship, the network, and the general support, a good startup accelerator will lift a new startup on its shoulders and present it to the world with the pride and admiration of…

Finance

San Francisco

The Basics of Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

Just over six months ago, we launched equity crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Through our joint venture with MicroVentures, First Democracy VC, anyone can invest in startups and innovative companies for potential financial returns. Since November 2016, we’ve launched 14 offerings, raising nearly $5M from more…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Meet 26 Maine Companies That Received Funding from MTI

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

When looking into the Maine startup ecosystem, there are more companies launching each quarter. Looking at the second quarter of 2017, 26 Maine companies, ranging from healthcare IT to manufacturing received funding from the The Maine Technology Institute. One TechStart grant also went to the…