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Leveraging Accelerators as a Valuable Resource

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Entrepreneurs should seriously consider participating in an accelerator program to jumpstart the growth of a start-up company or as a potential funding source. At FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, the speakers on the “Exploring the Role of Accelerators in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” panel discussed key considerations for an entrepreneur seeking to leverage an accelerator partner. Specifically, an entrepreneur … Continue reading this entry

Tips for Expanding Your Investor Network from Coast to Coast

With a competitive marketplace, new technology companies may find that they need more capital to accelerate their company’s growth. The question becomes how to effectively approach investors outside the company’s geographical market. At FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, Liam Donohue, co‑founder and managing partner of Boston-based .406 Ventures; Ned Schwartz, partner of Ohio‑based Drive Capital; Tasha Seitz, … Continue reading this entry

The Equity Crowdfunding Rules: What You Need to Know

The SEC’s equity crowdfunding rules finally go into effect this month almost four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds. So what does equity crowdfunding actually look like? Here is a primer:… Continue reading this entry

How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more likely to bet on the next big idea. Not surprisingly, many of the city’s successful startups take on those same practical Midwest … Continue reading this entry

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both practical and instinctual, investors tend to direct their capital to nearby companies. While it may be an uphill battle to obtain funding outside … Continue reading this entry

Pitch Perfect: Eight Insights for an Effective Start-Up Company Pitch Deck

Preparing an investor pitch deck is a task that most start-up companies encounter in the fund raising process. While almost all companies create investor pitch decks, many fail to do so effectively or with maximum impact. Founder teams often consider the pitch deck an afterthought to a company’s MVP (minimum viable product) or the beta … Continue reading this entry

Corporate Venture Funds: Friend or Foe?

Many large corporations have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in-house venture funds. At the same time, early and later-stage companies are looking for “smart money” investors – funds that bring strategic and operational help along with cash. Are corporate venture funds the perfect match? Yes and no. Corporate venture funds … Continue reading this entry

Headwinds in Venture Funding: Strategies for Companies in 2016

By all measures, much of 2014 and 2015 were strong years in venture capital funding. The current forecast is, however, less optimistic for founders looking for venture backing; the end of 2015 saw a pullback in private investing and trends for the start of 2016 demonstrate caution among investors.… Continue reading this entry

Key Considerations for Companies Seeking Early Stage Funding

From accelerators to crowdfunding, and angel funding to venture capital, early stage funding is evolving. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, the speakers on “Exploring the Evolution of Early Stage Funding” panel discussed some of the key concepts and concerns companies should consider when seeking early stage funding.… Continue reading this entry

What Is a Subprime Unicorn?

Christopher Mims had an article in the Wall Street Journal recently titled “The Dangers Ahead if Tech Unicorns Get Gored.” In his article, Mr. Mims discusses the potential collateral damage of a failed unicorn. The article is thought provoking and includes two quotes that highlight aspects of venture capital that are important to understand. Venture … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Crowdfunding 101: The Four Types You Need To Know

This post was originally written by Dylan Rochon, 2015 Foley & Lardner LLP Startup Connector. The term “crowdfunding” is closely associated with websites such as Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com. These sites provide a platform for startup companies to attract attention and funding. They provide an avenue for a wider group of investors to help fund or … Continue reading this entry

Mark Your Calendars: 2015 FOLEYTech Summit

Join us on October 1, 2015 as we explore how the evolution of technology has transformed business and altered the investing landscape. Our 11th annual FOLEYTech Summit will bring together tech entrepreneurs, executives, managers, investors and advisers.… Continue reading this entry

Tips & Traps When Talking to Potential Investors

The fundraising process requires countless hours to develop and refine an investor pitch. While the majority of that time will be focused on how to find and raise money from the best investors on the best terms, it is critical to remember that there are limits to what can be said and done under applicable securities … Continue reading this entry

Coming to America Part I: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

As of late, many emerging companies have decided to enter the U.S. market. While international expansion is an important Ubusiness milestone, there are multiple legal and cultural considerations companies must reflect on. In this two part series, we will discuss why companies choose to come to the United States to do business and what companies … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part III: The Virtues of Convertible Debt for a Start-Up

Over the course of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we’ve discussed the two common paths start-up companies take to structure a financing. In Part I, we discussed common stock financing and in Part II, we discussed a convertible debt financing.  In Part III, we will review the main principles start-up companies must remember … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part II: How a Convertible Debt Works

In Part I of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we discussed one of the typical start-up financing structures, the sale of common stock, along with the issues that should be considered when setting a valuation. Based on the issues that arise with the sale of common stock, another financing option that tends to … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part I: Common Stock Financing and the Problem of Setting a Valuation

Most start-up companies turn to friends, family and/or high net worth individuals as the first source of capital to fund their operations. Banks will not lend to these companies since there are no real assets to collateralize the loans, and most venture capitalists and other institutional investors need to see a further developed company with … Continue reading this entry

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part II: Advice for Digital Media Companies

As noted in Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends, Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our 2014 FOLEYTech Summit for a discussion on digital media investing. We’ve … Continue reading this entry

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our 2014 FOLEYTech Summit for a discussion on digital media investing. We’ve compiled their top insights below. What do we mean … Continue reading this entry

Is Your Baby Your Buyer’s Collateral?

Even before dealing with the intricacies of nondisclosure agreements, employment offer letters, stock restriction agreements, and incentive plans, it is not unusual for founders to have already dreamt of an IPO or sale event. In fact, it is crucial for founders to consider when and how to make that ultimate decision to sell their companies … Continue reading this entry

Foley Ventures Launches New Website for Growth Companies

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We are proud to announce the launch of FoleyVentures.com, a new website for Foley Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund formed by Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys that invests in or alongside clients. Our website features the latest news, events, and information about our funds, as well as a look at the promising companies we … Continue reading this entry