CI Investments Invests $10.3 Million in 29 Companies in First Quarter

Rocky Hill, Conn. – November 30, 2017 – Connecticut Innovations (CI), the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies, today announced that it invested $10.3 million in 29 companies and scientific projects during the three months ending September 30, 2017. The investments leveraged an additional $22.8 million in capital to further support the growth of …

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive?

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive? If you ask any marketer whether social media is critical to building an audience, you’d be hardpressed to find one who would say no. Most brands have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, if not Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Snapchat.           Link to PDF

Funding Your Startup: Lessons Learned (and Advice on Avoiding Missteps)

Funding Your Startup: Lessons Learned (and Advice on Avoiding Missteps) Skipping your workout. Losing touch with a good friend. Getting sucked into Facebook/Instagram/Fantasy Football when you’re supposed to be practicing your board presentation. Hey, we all do stuff we regret. Yes, even whip-smart tech entrepreneurs stumble from time to time. Take funding, for example. A recent financing survey by The …

3 charts that show the effect of venture fundraising on founder ownership

3 charts that show the effect of venture fundraising on founder ownership Raising money inevitably dilutes the stakes of company investors, employees and founders, but the idea is that a growing valuation results in a net positive, as it increases the value of everyone’s now-smaller slice of the pie. That’s how we end up with billionaire founders like Bill Gates, …

Playing Up Your Startup’s Culture to Attract and Retain Talent

Playing Up Your Startup’s Culture to Attract and Retain Talent If you’re anything like the entrepreneurs we talk to every day, one of your biggest challenges, after funding, is finding and retaining talent. After all, you’re competing for employees with bigger, more established firms. They have deeper pockets and dedicated recruiters. And they usually pay more, offer better benefits and …

The ABCs of Getting Noticed (A Marketing Primer)

The ABCs of Getting Noticed (A Marketing Primer) Marketing an organization, big or small, can be an overwhelming endeavor for any business owner to consider. From paid to earned to owned media, to content marketing, to gamification and more, these terms often have simple definitions behind them. Freelance marketer Amy Hourigan takes us through the ABC’s of marketing and some …

Lenders: Do You Have These Critical Environmental Due Diligence Items on Your Checklist?

Lenders: Do You Have These Critical Environmental Due Diligence Items on Your Checklist? Environmental issues rarely result in liability for secured lenders thanks to legal protections laid out in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and similar state laws. Still, lenders shouldn’t ignore potential environmental hazards. Contamination can hamper a borrower’s ability to repay the debt and …

Business Owners’ Exit Options

Business Owners’ Exit Options Business owners planning for retirement may have a greater range of exit options available to them than they realize. If they truly are ready to “let go” and cash in on the fruits of their success, then an outright sale of the business usually is the preferred route. However, some owners may wish to give their …

The Ins and Outs of In-Licensing

The Ins and Outs of In-Licensing In the research, development and design of new products, an increasing number of startups are turning to “in-licensing” technology from universities and other institutions as a means of getting products to market quicker while reducing both risk and cost in the early stages of development. Rapid progress in product development also allows for financing …