1. Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

    Valley Venture Mentors tries to level startup playing field with early-stage investments

    On Wednesday afternoon, inside Valley Venture Mentors' meeting space on the street level of Tower Square, Paul Silva was conducting an experiment. A group of local startup founders were about to pitch their businesses to about 15 waiting investors. But rather than months of negotiations and hundreds of thousands of dollars, the investors were expected to commit small dollars quickly – by the end of the night, with a few days to opt out afterwards. Silva, the executive director of Valley Venture Mentors, said the approach was designed to give new startups, who had never secured major investments small amounts of ...

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    1. Our hope here is to create a new way to fix a big funding gap. If you win the genetic lottery, you've got friends and family who can fund you at the tens of thousands of dollars level at the idea stage.
    2. I know how hard it was for people to raise equity when they're starting up.
    3. These companies are generally earlier stage than  we would normally look at, but of course we're looking down the road.
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