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.
Interest: The city is taking the first steps towards an economic development project that will bring high-end tech jobs to the area.
The Hartsville Community Development Foundation is spearheading a project called a Technology Incubator, and it does just that: growing technology-based businesses which will increase jobs and the quality of life in Hartsville.The city will be partnering with Clemson University. Clemson will provide services and support to build technology companies.
Interest: Students at Texas A&M are launching a new start-up program meant to help cultivate innovative business ideas for their fellow Aggies.
Startup Aggieland, the university's first business accelerators for students, is a program created by students that provides free business resources, work space, mentoring and network opportunities for any student operating a business, has a business idea or wants to learn more about entrepreneurship. It's one of the first business accelerator programs based on a
Interest: This “sparked the idea to build a business that would redefine the way we think about buying, owning, selling, and recycling electronics.” In 2008, Ganot became President and CEO of the company.
Since then, Gazelle has become a leader in a product category dubbed “reCommerce.” Ganot estimates that $1 billion worth of old phones and other electronics devices were bought in 2012 and he expects that figure to rise to $5 billion by 2015.
Interest: Less than one-third of executives with investment banks say that the JOBS Act, which passed last April, has boosted the number of IPOs on U.S. exchanges, according to a recent survey by accounting and consulting firm BDO USA. Conversely, a similar survey in mid-2012 showed 55 percent of investment bankers predicting that the JOBS Act would increase the number of businesses going public.
Interest: Tarek Bazley focuses on the way science and technology can change the world, in particular how it can improve the lives of the world’s poor. They had failed to get financial backing for their high-tech smart watch, so last April the developers of the Pebble decided to made the public an offer.
Pre-order one of their yet-to-be-made watches for a reduced price, and be the first to get one. They made the offer on the crowd funding website Kickstarter.
Interest: Dade City commissioners have approved $50,000 to launch Pasco County’s first business incubator.
The incubator will be located in the Dade City Business Center and managed by a team led by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc.
Saint Leo University has offered to partner with Pasco EDC and the new business incubator to provide technical assistance to startups.
Interest: Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) generated $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide, exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in one year, placing it at or near the top of seven university innovation clusters in the U.S., according to a new Economic Impact Report released today.