Aug 24, 2012
by Michael MacRae ASME.org
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Videos and Podcasts
Get it from the experts: best practices, tips and resources to help you launch new products and new businesses. Topics include:
- Intellectual property best practices
- University technology incubators
- SBIR grants
- Venture capital
- Social entrepreneurship.
Amos Winter, 2010 ASME IShow Winner, Founder & Director of the MIT Mobility Lab. A new breed of engineering entrepreneur is developing solutions to global social problems. Learn more about opportunities and challenges in social entrepreneurship. Play video >
Ned Staebler, Vice President of Capital Access and Business Acceleration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Every state has an economic development office designed to promote in-state business growth and job creation. Learn what states are doing. Play video >
These interviews were recorded during the State Science & Technology Institute's (SSTI's) 13th Annual Conference, held October 21-23, 2009. For more information on SSTI, visit www.ssti.org.
A discussion of the challenges to states and regions posed by the economic downturn, and the role investment in innovation can play in recovery. Podcast >
Learn about the KTEC PIPELINE, the first program of its kind in the nation, which identifies talented and entrepreneurial Kansans and matches them with best-in-class training, research and mentors. Podcast >
Want to be an entrepreneur? Whether you're starting or growing a business, FastTrac programs will help you live your dream at each stage of growth. Podcast >
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) supports and accelerates U.S. innovation through high-risk, high-reward research in critical areas. Podcast >
Business Planning Tools
If you've been in business before, you may carry this checklist in your head. If not, here's a helpful list.
You've identified some potential investors in your startup. The next step is due diligence – a systematic review in which investors assess potential risks and opportunities.
One of your first decisions will be to choose your company's legal structure. There are several options, each with pluses and minuses.
In planning your startup you're likely to encounter new and unfamiliar business terms. This list can help jump-start your learning process.
Business angels are high-net-worth individuals or partners who exchange their capital – and often their expertise – for equity in startup businesses. Angels often form clubs or networks that invest through a common fund. Each angel typically contributes $50,000 to $250,000 a year. Some funds employ professional managers who screen deals, perform due diligence and negotiate investment terms with entrepreneurs.
Angelsoft is an online system that connects your startup with networks of angel investors.
If you decide on equity capital, or a mix that includes it, you will need to address the market value of your business based on its potential future earnings. Pre-money valuation is the value of the company prior to investment; post-money valuation, its value after the investment.
Plan Cruncher asks questions about key issues such as the management team, product and revenue plan. It uses icons to represent concepts such as "advertising-based revenue model" or "we have a working demo." While the user selects from standard options, there are also free-text sections that allow some latitude.
Plan Cruncher doesn't replace the traditional business plan, but it can be a useful first filter for investors. It's free to use, and it carries a "creative common license" so it can be modified and reused in other applications and publications. Essentially, this means you can create your own business-plan format using the icons.
This resource offers hundreds of free videos on business and entrepreneurship. Topics include inspiration, entrepreneurial tips, technology and many more.