Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

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Hatching New Ideas, from Tech Transfer to Incubation

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to be more entrepreneurial and improve their impact on economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness. Additionally, higher education institutions face greater recruiting challenges, with many colleges and universities vying for the same quality professors, faculty and students from around the world. The way schools have addressed these issues … Continue Reading

Financing Basics for Entrepreneurs: Borrowing for Working Capital and Long-Term Capital Needs

Working capital is the lifeblood of a successful business. When running a startup, entrepreneurs sometimes rely on their own personal resources to fund the business. An alternative may be to borrow funds through a short-term or long-term loan. These loans offer flexibility to cover day-to-day expenses and support company growth. However, choosing the right option … Continue Reading

USCIS Proposes International Entrepreneur Rule to Spur Innovation and Job Creation

On Aug. 26, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for an International Entrepreneur Rule, and provided an advance version of the proposed rule for public review. According to an announcement from USCIS, the proposed rule will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise discretion, on a … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Trevor Chaplick to Present The Basics of Cap Tables

An important part of any angel or venture financing is the pro forma capitalization table (referred to as the “Cap Table”). On Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 12:00 pm -1:00pm EDT, Greenberg Traurig shareholder Trevor Chaplick will present “The Basics of Cap Tables,” a webinar hosted by the Angel Capital Association.  A Cap Table is typically … Continue Reading

SEC Permits Companies to Sell Securities Through Crowdfunding

The SEC has adopted new rules which would permit companies to offer and sell securities through online crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital by monetary contributions from a large number of people, usually through the Internet. The new rules will allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to more easily raise capital, and will permit average citizens … Continue Reading

Structured Exits: A New Universe of Potential Funding for Companies in Underserved Markets

Structured exits are investment structures designed to achieve a desired investment return without reliance upon a traditional exit. Structured exit investments are ideal not only for impact investments, but also for investment-worthy companies with low exit probabilities. These structures open a new universe of potential funding for companies in underserved markets without access to traditional … Continue Reading

Pitch Season in South Boston

It’s not where the Sox play ball.  It’s home to the world’s largest accelerator, MassChallenge, where 128 start-up businesses from around the world are polishing their plans and getting mentored in hopes of winning money or landing that critical investor audience. I just finished leading my third program on how to pitch.  The finalists are far enough along that they … Continue Reading

Ingenuity in Israel’s Water

Israel is a garden of inventiveness and Israelis have a strong tradition of contributing to technology and life sciences. Breathing the innovation when I lived there, I was privileged to test PrimeSense’s 3D camera, help bring Notal Vision’s tool to gauge macular degeneration to the United States, deliver a turn-key VoIP network in Nigeria and Zambia … Continue Reading

The Rise of Technology Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa

A McKinsey report published in February 2014 estimates that mobile phone ownership among adults in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is estimated to be 66 percent. The rapid spread of Internet-enabled mobile phones throughout SSA has created an opportunity for the emergence of tech startups and venture capital firms in economically vibrant cities such as Accra, Lagos, … Continue Reading

Key Takeaways from Boston VC and Angel Conference Hosted by GT

On Tuesday, March 3rd, GT hosted a highly interactive roundtable meeting of entrepreneurs and investors in its Boston office.  About 25 companies from a range of industries, including medical device, healthcare IT, ed tech, life science, mobile tech, fashion, music, film and more, were able to meet with 5 venture capital and angel investors. GT … Continue Reading

Are You an E-Athlete?

Video games were once associated with couch potatoes, but today there is growing legitimacy, especially around what is known as “eSports.” This type of professional competitive gaming is gaining popularity in the U.S., and eSports is breaking into the mainstream world — emerging technology companies, standard athletic programs, and even higher education institutions are jumping … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Co-Hosts Investors’ Circle Beyond the Pitch: Boston

On Oct. 28, Greenberg Traurig’s Emerging Technology practice group co-hosted the Investors’ Circle Beyond the Pitch: Impact Boston event alongside accounting firm McGladrey. Beyond the Pitch showcased 12-15 innovative companies that are solving a social and or environmental challenge and will connect those entrepreneurs to investors and advisors. Continue Reading.… Continue Reading

A First Look at New York City’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

It was great to see the New York entrepreneurial community and the next generation of entrepreneurs gather at this year’s Columbia Business School (CBS) Fall Venture Fair, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Approximately 40 student business teams were showcased to more than 100 guest attendees from the New York entrepreneurial community, including, seasoned … Continue Reading
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