Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups. Professional help costs money.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

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In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups. A more general approach is to check out Grants.gov , which is a searchable directory of more than 1,000 federal grant programs. Professional help costs money.

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A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model. From that initial outreach, 16 high quality accelerator programs joined us to launch the network. To become a member, each accelerator must meet the following strict criteria: Operate a 3-6 month long program. Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm. This is Ricardo’s “post mortem” account of the life and death of a corporate entrepreneurship program.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm. This is Ricardo’s “post mortem” account of the life and death of a corporate entrepreneurship program.

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

Startup Professionals Musings

There is a growing fellowship of special-case start-up programs operated by closely-knit, permanent groups of angel-mentors. The strong get money and live to fight another day.

Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere

ReadWriteStart

Last year, Aziz Gilani, a director at Houston venture capital firm DFJ Mercury , ran a study of 29 North American accelerators for the Kauffman Fellows Program. Would you invest in a startup from its program? And those programs have done very well.”.

So Just How Do You Start A Startup?

YoungUpstarts

They originally set out to make money selling programming languages. Only Money Can Make It Happen. Every startup needs money. There are a few ways to go about this, you can get loans, raise the money yourself, or get investors.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Gust

That was the topic of my keynote at Seedcon, an event hosted by the University of Chicago, where I am a graduate of the MBA program. As a startup founder you rarely have much money in your bank accounts. Think about it – most entrepreneurs who manage to raise seed money or venture capital usually raise enough money for 12-18 months maximum. Raise money. Need money. More money. Yes, please give me money. It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning.

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6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

Up and Running

David sold his recording equipment for $50,000 and they borrowed the rest of their seed money from a bank. Beth developed her own intensive curriculum and, with the help of seed money from a student, founded YogaFit® in 1994 to fill the niche.

Is Canva the Company That Will Disrupt the Design World? Not Quite

crowdSPRING Blog

It launched in 2013 with $3 million in seed money from American and Australian investors, and offers a series of templates intended to make good design easier to execute and more accessible. And yes, programs like Microsoft Word and platforms like Google Docs and Canva and Mailchimp provide easy access to clean looking templates, but that’s not going to cut it in the long run if you’re a company that means business.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

That was the topic of my keynote at Seedcon, an event hosted by the University of Chicago, where I am a graduate of the MBA program. As a startup founder you rarely have much money in your bank accounts. Raise money. Need money. More money. It’s 4.50am.

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Mile-High disruption: Why Denver should be on your tech radar next year

The Next Web

Politically, Denver’s local government has championed social causes, including increased gun control, LGBT rights and programs for the homeless. Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost , a local advertising platform funded by Spark Capital and Google Ventures.

Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money

www.businessinsider.com

Your Money. Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Googles Money. Grahams startups go through a months-long process of coaching to help them build products and raise money. The pattern is: youve already raised some money at a cap of $x. Your Money.

5 Reasons To Use Your Personal Credit Card For Business Expenses

YoungUpstarts

Unless you have a healthy bank account or investors to fall back on you’re likely going to use your personal money to finance portions of your business expenses at some point. Rewards Programs. Others cash flow management credit card money management

Ungerminated: Trouble with Seeds

Passionate Intensity

Quantity, quality, and size of early-stage seed financing has recently given rise to speculation about a seed funding bubble. Money is available, some will say, easy to get. But these thoughts have been aired before and are now part of the usual rhetoric about the seed bubble.

Aalto Venture Garage Launches Startup Sauna

ArcticStartup

Aalto Venture Garage is launching Startup Sauna, which includes a month long tour around the Baltic rim to promote a new kind of startup acceleration program called Startup Sauna. There are two parts to the program.

Want $50k in Seed Funding? Apply now.

ReadWriteStart

A new program that began earlier this year is looking for five IT-centric entrepreneurs to receive seed funds along with a series of services. Louis, the program is run by two venture capitalists - Judy Sindecuse and Hal Gentry - who have formed a new entity called Capital Innovators.

Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Inc Startups

In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. Share of seed-funded companies that won''t be able to get follow-on funding: 61%Source: CB Insights That''s the story, anyway, and it has the start-up community vibrating with angst and debate.

Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

They ended up with a nice pitch, and approximately $300K in seed money.”. He warns that although quality and prize money vary from competition to competition, they can be a great way to practice pitching in a setting designed for getting feedback.

Diversification – The Alternative to Market Timing

Rob Go

I think that over time, this is the best way to handle market swings as a seed stage investor who is a) playing in a highly unpredictable part of the market and b) has a very long time horizon. We have a pretty strong sense of what realistic valuation ranges are and aren’t for seed stage companies. Our model works when our seed dollars go it at a price that allows us to be well compensated for the risk we took if things go reasonably well.

How to Start a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start withgood people, to make something customers actually want, and to spendas little money as possible. The way a startup makes money is to offer people bettertechnology than they have now. Andyet theres a lot of money at stake. Microsofts originalplan was to make money selling programming languages, of all things.Their current business model didnt occur to them until IBM droppedit in their lap five years later.

The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?

pandodaily.com

We know this: As many as a thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in a year — maybe six months. The number of seed and angel investors has exploded in recent years, buoyed up by a number of factors. Pando Daily. PandoMonthly. Video. PandoDigest.

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

OnStartups

Our team's persistence and desire to be part of the program was clear to the decision makers. I was respectful of their time, but took every opportunity to show progress and sell our team as being a great fit for the program. The best decision we made was to take money on our own terms.

Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret

cdixon.org

Another benefit of talking freely, is that you may also find potential partners or future employees–other key components beyond investment money. I blogged about, commented about, and eventually bumped into a fellow web programming who loved the idea and ran with it (Tyler Gillies). link] What’s the right amount of seed money to raise? cdixon.org - chris dixons blog. Follow @cdixon. About me. cdixon.org contents. Twitter: @cdixon. My posterous blog. Hunch!

6 Ways To Make Your Startup More Attractive To Investors — Even With A Criminal History

YoungUpstarts

But he chose to move forward with a positive attitude, raise seed money for his company, and network his way to a profitable future. If possible, get into an entrepreneurship program that connects you with investors who will be more likely to take a chance on your business.

Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate

Inc Startups

What Freedman does not want to get out of these meetings is the one thing most people seem to think he wants: money. That's because he believes that you should take as little money as possible early on, to protect the value of your shares down the road, when you really need the cash.

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

This past summer, the Lightspeed Summer Fellowships program invited selected guests to provide aspiring entrepreneurs a perspective into all aspects of starting a new company. Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money. invested in the seed round they have more inside knowledge than I do. Why are VC’s really doing seed deals? Seeds deals.

VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed

Venture Hacks

The topic was VC signaling in seed rounds — and how these signals help or hurt your ability to raise money in the next round. SlideShare: VC signaling in seed rounds. Chris Dixon: The problem with taking seed money from big VCs. VC signaling in seed rounds.

How to Fund a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

A typical startup goes throughseveral rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take justenough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the nextgear. At Viaweb we got our first $10,000 ofseed money from our friend Julian, but he was sufficiently richthat its hard to say whether he should be classified as a friendor angel. The advantage of raising money from friends and family is thattheyre easy to find. But as well as money, theres power.

A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Platforms and Networks

Rose is CEO of AngelSoft, a platform that provides web-based planning tools for angel investors and entrepreneurs (NEW 11/29) Marc Andreessen on how much money to raise -- and how much is too much (NEW 11/29) Atlas VC Fred Destin on what not to disclose to a VC when raising money (NEW 11/30) Equity simulator from OwnYourVenture that calculates impact on % ownership by round of $ raised, size of option pool, etc.

MicroFinance And The New Small Business Owner

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

In his book, Banker To The Poor, Founder Muhammad Yunus states one of the reasons he started his microfinance institution, "whenever a poverty alleviation program allows the non-poor to be co-passengers, the poor would soon be elbowed out of the program by those who were better off." These institutions, most funded by the SBA and community outreach, are given money so that they could provide you with small seed money and education for your new business.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

Both Sides of the Table

There has been much discussion about VCs doing seed funding in the past year. I’ve written about it myself (Is VC Seed Funding Dead?) and (Is There Really a Signaling Problem with VC Seed Funding?). Knowing What the Seed Funding Policy of your VC is.

Y Combinator

Will Price

Today, I had the pleasure of attending Y Combinator ' s Winter Founders Program Angel Day. Angel Day is a show-case events for the eight companies currently in the Y Combinator Program. Twice a year, the Y Combinator team selects 8-10 teams and provides them intense coaching, $6k in seed money per person, and the opportunity to build a company and product. In brief, in return for the micro-seed investment, Y Combinator takes a ~6% stake in the company.

Funding, dealflow and startup traction from Latvia: October

ArcticStartup

Prize money & Awards. In addition to the status, BuyerDeck also received £25,000 prize money. The startup received €2,000 prize money. Dealflow from Latvia for Q3: 18 startups raising over €5 millionseed money 18 Latvian startups looking for over €5 million seed money.

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Startup/MicroISV Digest for 2/14/2011

47 Hats

That means when your program is complete, you can create a fully working Windows installer in one click. We talk about the growing global startup community, why successful startups want to pay it forward to the next batch of startups, how Sprouter got its seed money and why and plenty more.

From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

techcrunch.com

This is the first post in what’s going to be a series of blogs on how to go from nothing – no connections, no team, no money and no knowledge of how the startup industry really works – to operating a growing business. If you want to waste nine months trying to raise VC money for that idea, great. I need money for the servers. No raising money. thanks to advice like yours, people like me spent that time developing rather than begging for money.

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

Both Sides of the Table

A few years ago it became fashionable for large VC’s to do seed funding. With open source software (LAMP stack) and cloud computing infrastructure it just wasn’t that expensive to get your company going and founders just wanted to raise less money.

Birthing the Start Up Baby

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

You want to jump, but your spouse or significant other isn’t going along with the program. Your significant other isn’t going along with the program. If you want to raise money, it has to be clear — you’ve put your own skin in the game.