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Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.
Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains a comprehensive guide, QandA: Small Business and the SEC, that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply.
This resource offers a basic tool box for entrepreneurs and includes samples of business models, marketing collaterals, and templates for licensing and determining profitability of new ventures.
Being a public company has upsides, such as increased value of your company and stock liquidity. Entrepreneurs, though, should realize the downsides, such as compliance costs and lack of personal and company privacy. Looking thoroughly at the entire picture will help you decide whether going public is your best move.
This comprehensive guide to federal research and development grants is designed for entrepreneurs, and includes information about the SBIR/STTR programs as well as general grant proposal information. This guide is made available for public use with support from the Kauffman Foundation.
Serial entrepreneur Will Herman shares 11 best practices for working effectively with a Board of Directors, including determining support, maintaining focus and direction, communication tactics, incorporating the management team, and presentations.
Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, moderates a discussion between five VCs and Angel investors. The panel addresses key issues related to the funding process, including valuation, business plans, funder presentations, and strategies for accessing VCs.
While confusing to investors, mixing financial investments with philanthropic giving is a concept that is gaining ground. Good Capital is one organization collecting a portfolio of social enterprises and provides funding for their "social good" along with cash returns to their investors.
This tool guides the entrepreneur through the process of developing a preliminary forecast, which is used to judge the accuracy and reasonableness of financial figures prior to creating a detailed line-by-line budget.
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