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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…

Diversity

Memphis

Eric Mathews of Start Co on Building a Diverse Founder Ecosystem

By | Jul 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

Tennessee is known as the country western capital of the world. What many may not know is that there is a bubbling tech ecosystem in Memphis that is slowly but surely building up their diverse startup community and churning out some quality startups. Eric…

Tips & How To’s

Boulder

8 Things Founders Need to Know About Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

Since President Obama passed the JOBS act in 2012, we’ve been witnessing the beginning of a new movement in the U.S. – one that empowers entrepreneurs to raise money from almost anyone, anywhere. It’s a movement that removes the barriers to fundraising so that…

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Funding

Portland, Maine

Vets First Choice Raise $223M Led By CD&R and Hillhouse Capital Group

By | Jul 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Vets First Choice, the Portland company founded in 2010 to provide online pharmacy services to veterinary practices, has raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in new equity financing to fuel an international expansion. The company revealed on Wednesday morning that it had…

Tips & How To’s

Denver

A Simple Guide to a Great Startup Pitch

By | Jul 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

Pitching. It’s as much a part of startup life as building products and acquiring customers. If you can’t successfully pitch your company, you likely can’t raise money or sell to prospects either. The point is, it’s critical to get your pitch right. But crafting…

Incubators

San Francisco

How to Accelerate Your Startup Through Y Combinator

By | Jul 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

The key benefit of accelerators like Y Combinator (YC) is that they function almost like warp zones for companies. You enter an accelerator at a given stage of your company and will emerge three stages further along, irrespective of where your company started from. Companies in my…

Funding

Portland, Maine

NBT Solutions Closes Seed Round Led by Maine Venture Fund and CEI Ventures

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

NBT Solutions, a Portland, Maine-based developer of mapping software, has raised nearly a million dollars to drive growth of their flagship product VETRO FiberMap, a cloud-based broadband mapping and fiber management system for the telecommunications industry. The company closed the seed round of $773,333 from…

Funding

NYC

2017 Venture Activity Passed $21.78 Billion in Second Quarter

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Investors sunk $21.78 billion into a total of 1,958 venture-backed companies during the second quarter of this year, according to Pitchbook data. The dollar amounts are up from the previous quarter, while the number of investments held steady. VCs are making bigger bets, but they’re not…

Ecosystems

Tampa

Linda Olson of Tampa Bay WaVe: Finding a Critical Mass of Early Adopters

By | Jul 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE, is a hurricane-like force in the local ecosystem and works hard to nurture a culture that embraces the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. This time for the #StartupsEverywhere, series, she talks with me about building Tampa Bay WaVE, breaking down barriers,…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Finding Capital Can Be Just as Hard as Managing it

By | Jul 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

Claudia Raessler considers herself to have stumbled into running her own business. Yet she and her husband Ken haven’t appeared to suffer from the accidental case of entrepreneurialism and ample capital. The husband-and-wife team—Claudia is managing director, while Ken is president—own and operate Maine Dye &…

Drones

Portland, Maine

Raptor Maps Drones Are Helping Farmers Keep Their Crops Healthy

By | Jul 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

In early 2015, Nikhil Vadhaykar and some fellow students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has an idea for a company that would use drones to help farmers collect real-time, actionable data about their crops. Vadhavkar, who’s now 28, was pursuing a PhD in…

Entrepreneur

10 Things You’ll Deal With as an Entrepreneur

By | Jun 29, 2017 at 7:15 am

When you decide to walk the path of the entrepreneur, there will be some things that you can handle fairly easily and most things you’ll have to figure out along the way. For the majority of founders, there are some common to dos you…

Trends

NYC

The Digital Renaissance of Fashion

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

As a serial entrepreneur, Techstars alum, Cofounder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, and advisor and mentor to numerous fashion tech companies around the globe, I’ve had a front row seat in witnessing, contributing to, and shaping the reinvention of fashion, retail and…

Business

DC

Why Don’t Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent of private capital investment goes to emerging market startups, it makes you wonder. Are there simply not enough…

Startups & Apps

The Most Well-Funded Food and Beverage Startups in Each State

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Startups build new products. It’s the way of the world. Their innovative ideas, skilled teams, and eccentric founders look at industry trends and create something new that has never been conceived of before. However, when it comes to the food and beverage industry, startups…