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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.

Posted: Jan 31, 2017

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, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. (Pitchbook)

Posted: Jan 30, 2017

Unveiling Changes to CI’s SBIR Acceleration and Commercialization Program

In a recent webinar, Merrie London, manager of CI’s SBIR and federal leveraging programs, unveiled several changes to our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Acceleration and Commercialization Program.

Posted: Mar 24, 2015

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.

Posted: Mar 10, 2015

How a Reviewer Evaluates an SBIR Proposal

We’re frequently asked to provide samples of winning SBIR/STTR grant proposals. One would imagine that with the considerable reach of the Internet, this task…

Posted: Jan 22, 2015

Where the World’s Most Innovative Companies Come to Grow

Below, download a copy of an overview of our programs that was featured in the annual “Doing Business in…

Posted: Jul 7, 2014