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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 –…

Opinion/Analysis

Los Angeles

Exponential vs Sustainable Growth: The Donkey Revolution

By | Aug 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

There are arguments for and against the exponential growth or the slow, sustained growth of a startup. There is no doubt that Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently, and will continue to play a vital role in the global economy by contributing considerably to employment and…

Cannabis

8 Canopy Accelerator Startups Innovating Cannabis Tech

By | Jul 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

It’s no secret why the business world is taking notice of the cannabis industry. Between Colorado’s exploding economy and recreational legalization hitting more states every year, investors, accelerators, incubators, and everyone in between is looking to get a piece of the pipe. And with…

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…

Finance

Boulder

Learn The Basics of Startup Funding, From Incorporation to Series A

By | Jul 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

What do first time founders need to know about fundraising mechanics? This post should help you understand the basic lingo of fundraising – so you don’t look surprised or sound like a noob when you’re discussing funding. An attorney will go into a lot more…

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Virtual Reality

This Funding Platform Has Helped Virtual Reality Creators Raise Over $3 Million

By | Jun 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

There’s no denying that virtual reality technology is cool. It’s been cool since the 80s, when arcades had mammoth setups and it’s cool now that we can use it on our smartphones. However, the coolness factor doesn’t combat the convenience problem the industry has…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog that no one expected to be great. As the skinny, baby-faced son of Dell Curry, every major Division 1 school…

Venture Capital

3 Ways Early-Stage Startups Can Capitalize on the Micro-VC Boom

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

For years, the term “venture capitalist” referred exclusively to investors interested in driving growth at already successful companies. Traditional VCs still focus solely on this area, but micro-VCs have gained prominence in recent years as well. Unlike traditional VCs, micro-VCs make smaller investments in…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Should Couples Build Businesses Together?

By | Jun 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

The notion of working with a spouse is divisive. Some individuals have found great success by partnering up personally and professionally, while others shudder at the thought of mixing home and business life. Rarely do couples say “I Do,” with dreams of building both…

Cannabis

Los Angeles

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. With multiple states legalizing recreational and medical use across the country, investors big and small are hungry to get a piece of the action. However, federal laws still remain staunchly opposed to legal…

Events

Detroit

Huge Investments, Josh Linkner, and Everything Else You Missed at Detroit Startup Week

By | May 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

There was no shortage of entrepreneurial talent at Detroit Startup Week powered by Chase for Business this week. Attendees were treated to informative talks, meaningful discussions, and enough startup expertise to fill the massive Masonic Temple where the event took place. With thousands in attendance,…

Ecosystems

Detroit

JPMorgan Chase Invests $150 Million in Detroit for Economic Recovery

By | May 23, 2017 at 11:20 am

Despite being a historical economic powerhouse, Detroit has undeniably fallen on hard times. However, with innovative entrepreneurs making moves and an economy that is ready to reclaim its former glory, the Motor City is poised for an impressive resurgence. And if you need some…

Education

Portland, Maine

Thomas College Receives $5.3M Alfond Grant for New Center of Innovation

By | May 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Thomas College announced a new initiative designed to promote innovation and spur entrepreneurial activity in central Maine. The Waterville-based college has created the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation thanks to a $5.3 million donation from The Harold Alfond Foundation. This is the largest gift…

Diversity

Tallahassee

Lucas Lindsey of Domi Station on Building a Diverse Ecosystem in Florida

By | May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Startup activity is happening in the most unlikely of places. The #StartupEverywhere series, developed by Engine, is designed to celebrate these diverse, vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems growing across the U.S. These profiles will dive into the challenges faced by these communities and look at what…

Funding

8 Phases of VC Investment: What to Expect When You Raise Capital

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising money is a critical turning point for the majority of entrepreneurs. And, with any entrepreneurial endeavor, preparation is key, which is why knowing the roadmap before you get there can help you make some decisions before you end up on the doorstep of…

Entrepreneur

4 Ways Busy Entrepreneurs Can Automate Their Investment Life

By | Apr 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Building wealth with passive income and having enough time to do the things you love is the entrepreneurial dream. Unfortunately, running a business successfully can be a lot more stressful, time-consuming, and exhausting than having a day job. If you truly want to build…

Funding

Miami

Miami-Based Rokk3r Labs Just Launched a New 9-Figure VC Fund

By | Mar 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

There’s a new VC fund on the block: Rokk3r Fuel. The nine-figure fund, launched by Miami-based Rokk3r Labs, aims to support startups or entrepreneurs in areas typically overlooked by the VC community in Silicon Valley, specifically, Miami, Mexico, Colombia and other Latin American countries. While…