Interest: Congress created equity crowdfunding, but the Securities and Exchange Commission holds the infant industry's life in its hands.
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, passed almost a year ago, will let privately held companies sell up to $1 million a year in unregistered stock to mom-and-pop investors using the Internet and social media. But they can't start until the SEC completes the regulations.
Interest: The Center for Sports Skill Measurement & Improvement, LLC (Center for Sports), a tenant of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, was recently named by the National Center for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) as a Top 100 University Startup. As a result of the honor, CEO Kevin Morse has been invited to attend NCET2's national conference, sponsored by the National Association of Venture Capital and held in Washington, D.C., in March. Final scoring of all the nominated companies will be ava
Interest: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should urge the creation of a new stock exchange limited to small companies that have trouble raising capital in public markets, an agency panel recommended today.
The SEC Advisory Group on Small and Emerging Companies made the recommendation as its co-chairman suggested that a 2012 law intended to increase the number of initial public offerings might fail to have a big impact. The so-called Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act designed to induce more I
Interest: People faced with soaring healthcare costs have looked for help before. Now they've found another possible solution online.
Thousands are sharing their stories on websites in what is known as crowdfunding. It's the latest online evolution connecting individuals who are in need, with people who want to do good.
Interest: A New Jersey foundation that funds research coming out of the state’s medical school has agreed to replenish its investment arm with $5 million to pump into biotechnology startups at the pre-seed stage — one of the most difficult stages for companies to get funding.
The New Jersey Health Foundation’sFoundation Venture Capital Group in New Brunswick, New Jersey invests up to $500,000 in pre-seed stage companies spinning out of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is poised
Interest: As the nation's economy continues its sluggish recovery, community colleges have emerged as important engines for entrepreneurial activity and job creation. An innovative new program, created and proven in a community college in northeastern Ohio, is hitting the road to help schools and the communities they serve to launch and grow technology-based startups.
Interest: With Georgia’s promising technology center still hamstrung by a lack of cash, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is pushing legislation to combine state money and private dollars into a new venture capital fund. It could be a game-changer for the kind of jobs the state covets, but it also comes with high risk.
Interest: The United States has adopted a financial culture where banks are too big to fail and individuals are too small to succeed.
The financial crisis and the consolidation of banking titans made it increasingly difficult for small business owners and hopeful entrepreneurs to obtain the crucial capital for enterprise.
Small businesses need a new line of credit, and the solution is crowdfunding.
Interest: In April, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act into law. The entrepreneurial community cheered, saying the law would help small businesses raise money during their most vulnerable periods, when companies try to move from early to late stage.
Interest: If your startup is looking for an Angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of Angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning. The challenge is to find the right Angel for you, and for your situation. Here are some basic principles:
Interest: Funding is an integral part of getting your startup off the ground. Last year, the rise of crowdfunding and a decline in venture capital investments opened new doors of possibilities for small businesses. Here are some trends that will influence the funding environment for 2013:
Interest: Last week, influential crowdfunding advocates pleaded with interim Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Elisse Walter to move a set of rules for legislating last year's Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act into the required 90-day comment period.
They feared that the appointment of a new head would further delay the long-awaited legislation that many startups are banking on to launch their businesses.
Interest: Partnership aims to develop student skills, spark companies by tackling ideas from businesses, universities.
With the right support, he says, a new incubator he will lead at Simpson College could help the metro region follow Silicon Valley and Boston’s entrepreneurial playbook and become a start-up and technology hub.
Source: Office of the Dean of Research, Princeton University
Interest: Nine new technologies with promising societal or commercial applications will get a boost from a Princeton University program aimed at bridging the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace.
The recipients of this year's Princeton's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund will each receive grants to support activities — such as building a prototype or conducting additional data collection — with the goal of transforming innovations into commercially viable technologies for development by c
Interest: In the name of hooking up future entrepreneurs who seek internship opportunities with startups and other entrepreneurial organizations in the areas surrounding D.C. who offer them, Foster.ly’s Internship Match has expanded its scope this year. It is forging the way for a new innovative take on internship coordination that is easier and more accurate than ever before.
Interest: For Ramachandran, who earned a doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center last year, the idea of a startup was an exciting way to push the boundaries of innovation. But Stehno-Bittel, who has spent nearly two decades doing academic research, needed some convincing.
Interest: Crowdfunding operation FundaGeek is trying hard to gain some share of voice in the rapidly crowding venture capital and start up investment space.
Positioned as a software development development (double use intentional) zone, the portal (or website to be more accurate) says it suits all software project types from traditional "shrink-wrap" software, web-based applications, open source software, mobile apps, video games, and so on.
Interest: EarlyShares (earlyshares.com), America's premier equity-basedCrowdfunding platform, is excited to announce the launch of EarlyShares University to educate investors and business owners onCrowdfunding best practices and industry trends. The company willrelease an unprecedented series of educational videos, white papers andinfographics on equity-based Crowdfunding for investors andentrepreneurs, and plans to expand the service in the near future.
Interest: Crowdfundingroadmap and NowStreet Media are pleased to announce the The 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp. Comprised of the largest gathering of industry professionals, this year’s convention is designed to provide participants with an unparalleled informational and networking experience. Legendary entrepreneurial mentor/advisor, Jay Abraham – founder and CEO of The Abraham Group, Inc. will provide a very special keynote.
Interest: Don’t hold your breath, but the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission could finalize regulations this year to implement the JOBS Act, the 2012 law that lets startups raise funds directly from mom-and-pop investors.