Crowdfunding Your Start-up? Be Wary.

Crowdfunding has been all the rage for years now. Take Ouya or the Pebble Watch, for example, which raised millions of dollars within a matter of weeks. The product-based platforms of Kickstarter or IndieGoGo aren’t even the only ones out there—equity crowdfunding is also becoming a popular method of raising funds among newer startups, even those that already have Series A funding. But it’s important to know crowdfunding isn’t without its drawbacks. Start-ups, especially less established ones, need to be careful before turning to the world wide web for what seems like free money. It isn’t. Money off the Top Read More …

What is an IPO?

In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg opened his private company to the public. In the company’s initial public offering (IPO), $16 billion of stock were bought as investors sought to value the technology giant, vying for a share of its profits. Along with the selling of stock, Facebook’s management underwent a deep restructuring process. Most people recognize an IPO as a company’s first introduction to the stock market, but what exactly is it? Most simply by Investopedia, an initial public offering is “the first sale of stock by a company to the public.” Before an IPO, equity is distributed among private investors Read More …

SBIR & STTR Funding for Your Start-up

Entrepreneurs and small business owners at Emory who are looking for an alternate source of income can tap into Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds administered by the federal government. In association with some of its largest and most influential agencies, the U.S. government is looking to support innovation and growth by funding the newly seeded businesses involved in research and development. The SBIR program was founded in 1977 when two men, Roland Tibbetts and Senator Edward Kennedy, recognized the importance of small business growth in the economy. Birthed out of the National Science Foundation (NSF), success in the first Read More …