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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

How Big Pharma Taps Outside Ingenuity

Economics in getting a compound approved and commercialized are evolving. Drug companies have reduced budgets that historically funded vast R&D teams. Innovators are chasing tight investment dollars. The two camps are increasingly collaborating. There is a self-selection factor rewarding start-ups. Specifically, they can’t attract funding or licensing deals unless they’ve protected their intellectual property, showed clinically … 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

Israeli Startups Continue to Fare Well in 2016

In what has become a staple of lists that review the top startup hubs in the world, a recently published list by Sparklabs Global Ventures has listed Tel Aviv as the number three global startup hub. The list has Tel Aviv right behind Silicon Valley and Stockholm, and ahead of New York City, Los Angeles, … Continue Reading

U.S. Market Entry Top 10

Over the last few months I have had the chance to speak to entrepreneurs from Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Norway, Singapore and Ukraine seeking to operate and solicit investment here in the U.S.  As an attorney, I’m expected to focus on best legal practices.  They’re indeed important, but perhaps not worth quite so much … Continue Reading

Incubator or Accelerator Program: Which Is Right for Your Business?

The past few years have seen an uptick in new accelerator and incubator programs that are focused on helping startups launch and grow. Participating in one of these programs can be advantageous for an emerging business looking for expert insight, seed money, venture capital, or market exposure. But not all are created equal. While most … Continue Reading

10 Privacy and Data Security Mistakes Start-Ups Should Avoid

Most technology start-up companies lack the experience and resources needed to manage the plethora of security, privacy, and compliance issues inherent in a growing technology business. Nevertheless, the legal and business implications of poorly managed privacy and data security practices are too important to ignore. A single error can undermine the trust of investors and … 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

SBA “STEP” Program Opens up Borders for U.S. Small Businesses

The world marketplace often seems out of reach to small businesses.  Accessing foreign markets for the export of goods and services is sometimes not even on the radar for some companies and some determine that it is unattainable because the resources are not there to invest in developing the opportunities.  Recognizing this, the U.S. Small … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Represents Vizo, Inc. in its Startup Financing

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP represented client Vizo Inc. in its recent round of startup financing. Vizo Inc. develops and operates the “Vizo” mobile news application, delivering curated summaries of trending news stories to users, accessed through visual headlines, several times per day. The transaction provided Vizo with approximately $750,000 in funding, which it … 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

A Brief Guide to Investor Presentations

1.      Begin with a Compelling Introduction Get investors excited Include your strongest points to demonstrate credibility Make sure they understand what you do 2.      Address Key Issues in a Clear and Convincing Way The BIG problem your product will solve What is unique about your product or service Why your team is the most qualified … Continue Reading

Israel Dealmakers Summit

Greenberg Traurig was a leading sponsor and participant in the exciting Israel Dealmakers Conference in NYC. About 1250 participants from around the world came to meet with Israeli companies and explore business opportunities. Attendees included senior executives of large corporations, leading investors, innovators and thought leaders. Some of Israel’s most exciting companies attended, in industries … 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

UC Ventures: How one very large public university system is setting an example. Or is it?

Over the summer, the University of California (UC) System, with President Janet Napolitano at the helm, shifted a fundamental policy common with many university systems. She rescinded the “Guidelines on University-Industry Relations Policy,” in place since 1989, which prohibited the university from investing directly in companies emerging from UC research. Shortly thereafter, during the week … Continue Reading

Provisional Patents as a Strategy for Tech Start-Ups

Consider Provisional Patent Filings Filing a provisional patent application in the U.S. is often a useful strategy for start-up tech companies. A provisional patent application allows a company to preserve an earlier filing date at a minimal expense and delays a much more significant expenditure associated with a non-provisional application by one year. By the … Continue Reading

Beyond the Neon: Emerging Tech Opportunities in Las Vegas

Though tourism and gaming will lead Nevada’s economy for the foreseeable future, businesses and government entities in Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, have invested deeply into several areas of emerging technology. In Las Vegas, The Downtown Project – an incubator and investor in several Las Vegas-based startups – has been the catalyst for several … Continue Reading
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