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4 things startups should judge VC firms on

Last month we looked at what turns investors off of biotech startups. But what about venture capital firms? When it comes to healthcare investing, what signs should alert startups, or for that matter the members of a VC firm, that the firm is stuck in a time warp?

on December 11, 2013
Category:  Creation 
9 strategies for entrepreneurs working with angel investors

The number of angel investors in the U.S. has jumped 60 percent since 2002, and the number of dollars they've invested in companies has gone up even faster. Not to mention that a few new angel groups have sprouted just within the last year to invest especially in life science companies.

on September 11. 2013
Category:  Creation  Growth 
How early-stage healthcare companies can move fast - despite slow health systems

It's the classic conundrum for healthcare entrepreneurs: You want your business to move fast and grow quickly, but it can take months for large health systems to make a decision about your product or service.

on September 10, 2013
Category:  Growth  Execution 
3 strategies to stay away from for startups looking for investments

People who advise entrepreneurs over a decent chunk of time tend to have the kind of world-weary perspective you'd expect from someone who has seen so many startups succeed or fail. They know what can scupper investment opportunities and turn off potential investors.

on September 9, 2013
Category:  Creation 
Two feasible strategies for healthcare startups seeking funding

The money is still out there, but don't take it until you absolutely have to. That was the advice to healthcare startups from Fahd M.T. Riaz, a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. He talked about trends in funding for healthcare startups on a panel at CONVERGE with Kelly Campbell Slone of the National Venture Capital Association, Joe Hammer of GE Capital Healthcare Fianancial Services, Fadh Riaz, and Elliot Menschik of DreamIt Ventures. Sixty-five percent of his clients are emerging startups and the rest are big companies like J&J and Boston Scientific.

on August 14, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution 
Expecting investments? Keep these tips in mind

Investors and entrepreneurs demand a lot from each other. Investors want good communication, "coachability," and realistic expectations. Entrepreneurs need a similar list for their investors that goes beyond meeting an investment goal.

on August 7, 2013
Category:  Creation 
From company name to investment, Venture-Med Angels advise startups

After two decades of clinical practice, a couple of healthcare startups and a handful of angel investing networks, Jose Bolanos noticed a few things about the process of medical innovation. First, venture capitalists were struggling in healthcare and were moving toward later-stage investments. Secondly, physicians were self-funding a lot of their projects. And third, many angel groups that weren't focused on healthcare struggled to understand HIPAA and FDA regulations and reimbursement issues, which are crucial pieces in the due diligence process and just as crucial for the companies to understand.

on July 29, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Creation 
Get angel and VC interest in your medical device startup

Paul Hartung, CEO of Cognoptix, Inc., a startup that has created a drug-device that could diagnose Alzheimer's earlier in patients, is also the first person to have a syndicated angel deal in the Northeast. He's raised more than $20 million for Cognoptix, and worked on the LASIK team at Summit until it was brought through to IPO. Here are six strategies that helped Hartung attract investors.

on July 22, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Growth  Creation 
Another healthcare investing portal opens as crowdfunding continues to increase

It's been just over one year since the JOBS Act was passed, which makes equity- and debt-based crowdfunding legal for accredited and nonaccredited investors. Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to finalize and implement specific rules around those provisions, several online platforms have plowed ahead and created private portals for accredited investors and startups to find each other in the meantime.

on June 19, 2013
Category:  Growth  Creation 
Seeking angel investment? Check out this matching service for entrepreneurs and investors

Angel investors are wealthy individuals who make early-stage investments in and provide advice to startups. In a slump following the recession, angel investment rebounded in 2011 with angels investing $22 billion in entrepreneurs.

on May 23, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution