Blue Startups is a venture accelerator that aims to stimulate economic growth in Hawaii and create new business opportunities by providing promising entrepreneurs with key ingredients for success. These key ingredients include seed funding, mentorship, access to business expertise, product testing, peer review, pitch development, and introductions to investors. Two times a year, 5-10 teams will be selected, given the resources they need, and go through an intensive 12-week program, to kickstart their business. Blue Startups is focused on recruiting capital efficient and scalable technology companies, including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce. In addition, the program is targeting companies with a focus on Asia. Typical investments are $20,000 funding for a 6% equity stake in the company. Blue Startups has received preliminary notification of funding from the State of Hawaii through the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation.
BlueWater Angels is a network of more than 30 high-net-worth individuals and organizations interested in investing private capital in promising companies. BlueWater Angels helps bring fresh ideas, jobs and business growth to mid-Michigan through economic prosperity and follow-up investment. In its first year, BlueWater Angels received funding requests from over 100 companies, reviewed nearly 40 in detail, heard presentations from a dozen companies, and closed its first investment in a mid-Michigan-based advanced materials company. The amount of investment capital available for annual investments now tops $1.4 million and is only expected to grow.
Blackbox is a seed accelerator for technology startups that connect startup founders from all around the globe with a network of seed investors, mentors and market entrance partners, and work with entrepreneurs to run their startups. The firm was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California.
Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund. Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program supercharges success and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Venture Capital Fund invests in the most innovative and disruptive Techstars companies to fuel their success. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships helps brands create world-changing products and services. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $8.1 billion. www.techstars.com
Beta Fund is an early stage venture fund that focuses on emerging high tech and biotech. The firm invests early, typically at the angel financing stage, prior to typical venture capital financing, and in concert with other angel funds and groups.
SEED Capital is Denmarks biggest venture capital fund within the seed segment and specializes in identifying, financing and developing competent and innovative entrepreneurial companies. SEED Capital also manages public funds via a strategic corporation with the innovation incubator Pre-Seed Innovation. Public funding allows SEED Capital to invest in start-ups in the early stages, and private venture capital is invested in the most successful companies in subsequent investment rounds. This business model allows them to invest earlier than most VC companies and to provide substantially more capital than most seed investors. SEED Capital invests in approximately 15 new promising growth companies every year. This is based on a screening of more than 500 business proposals every year and meetings with more than 100 of these opportunities to further investigate or advice on the suggested business ventures. Besides investment SEED Capital assists portfolio companies with value-generating activities such as management support, business development, organizational and strategic development, marketing, and ad hoc operational, financial, and legal assistance.
In March 2001, the Baiada Institute opened its state-of-the-art entrepreneurial environment at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Baiada Institute contains incubation space for student teams creating businesses while at Drexel, including private, dedicated workstations that are awarded to teams based on winning the Business Plan Competition and/or exceptional merit and progress in turning ventures into realities. Baiada Recently, the Baiada Business Incubator Competition launched a pre-incubation program for up to five teams made up of current or former students who are interested in competing in the Incubator Competition.
WRF Capital is the venture capital arm of Washington Research Foundation and it specializes in early-stage investments. The firm focuses on investing in companies based in Washington. While actively seeking investments in companies operating in life sciences and enabling technologies, the firm on an exceptional basis invest in companies in the physical sciences, energy, and information technology sectors. The firm was founded in 1981 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
Betaspring is a mentorship-driven, Providence-based startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product and launch a company. The Betaspring program runs twice a year for 12 weeks during both the Spring and Fall. During the first ten weeks, the teams involved will work hard on developing working prototypes from concepts, or on scaling the business if there is already a working model. Each week, teams will meet with advisers that will offer feedback on the concepts, ideas and prototypes, as well as provide valuable insight into how to scale a company, deal with obstacles along the way, and how to manage large scale adoption when it comes. The final two weeks of the program will be spent honing team pitches as participants present to and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. During the Demo Day event, Betaspring teams present their company to investors. Betaspring will also provide teams with a small amount of seed capital (up to $20,000) free legal counsel, incorporation filing, and other legal work necessary to make startups investable at a scale. Additionally, teams have access to Betaspring HQ, a fully-equipped workspace for participants and the other teams to get together to meet, share ideas and work on their companies. Teams that choose to remain in Providence for 12 months after completing the program are eligible for a $50,000 equity investment from the city of Providence. Since 2009, Betaspring has accelerated 57 companies and alumni have raised $20M in follow-on funding.
Accel-KKR is a private equity firm that seeks to invest in the mid-market software and technology enabled services firms. The firm specializes in minority-growth investments to buyouts, recapitalizations and going-private transactions. It is based in Menlo Park, California and was founded in 2000.
Seven Peaks Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm founded in 2013 with locations in Bend, Portland, and Seattle. The firm invests in AI/ML driven B2B and enterprise software and in specific market verticals such as FinTech, Real Estate Tech, HR Tech, Med Tech, and Digital Health.
Bizdom is the entrepreneurial accelerator formed in 2007 by Dan Gilbert , chairman of Rock Ventures LLC and Quicken Loans. The firm invests in web or tech-based early-stage startups that can get to beta, prototype, or first customers within 3 months. Bizdom is not currently looking to fund traditional agency/consulting based models, heavy manufacturing, brick and mortar retail, or pharma/biotech. Startups should be based out of either Detroit or Cleaveland and receive $25K in seed funding in exchange for 8% equity to the nonprofit Bizdom fund.
Go Capital is a specialty finance company focused on providing equipment leases for semi trucks and trailers across the United States. The Company has a heavy focus on automating transaction through technology. Go Capital was founded in February 2013 by commercial equipment leasing veterans Evan Lang and Dan Summers, whose goal was to establish a best-in-class specialty finance company dedicated to the semi truck space. The company originates sub-prime equipment lease transactions through a direct sales force and a nationwide dealership network. Go Capital is headquartered in Irvine, CA, with offices in Roseville, CA, and Dallas TX. Go Capital has approximately 80 employees. The company is raising an additional $6,000,000 in subordinated debt to increase its existing $9,000,000 of capital raised to date to an even $15,000,000. Funds will be used to support operations growth over the next 12 months.