funding

Introduction to Investment Readiness: MaRS’ online startup capital course

The challenge of funding often comes up in bio-inspired design discussions and generates a lot of interest, as demonstrated by the April 2015 B3D webinar on funding hosted by Margo Farnsworth.  MaRS, the Toronto Discovery District’s commercialization hub, is developing a three-part online course that focuses on funding for tech and science-based startups but appears applicable to BID.  Each module is divided into short video clips with associated readings.  The first module incorporates an early version of Antony Upward's Strongly Sustainable Business Model, described at Flourishing is the Outcome; Design is the Process.

The course is designed for entrepreneurs preparing for their seed fundraising round. Through a series of video lessons, users learn actionable tasks to get investment-ready, prepare due diligence documents and discover alternatives to angel and VC capital.

Introduction to Investment Readiness has three modules that will be released between January 11 and 29, and they will stay open after that.

Using Technology for Grants

A workshop held in Toronto on February 15th discussed various ways that technology can be used to help find grants and handle reporting on how the grant is spent.  The presentations largely explored Canadian grants although some of the process issues are generalizable.

NSF BioSensing & BioActuation/Hydrocarbons from Biomass Grants

A total of $22M-$29M funding is anticipated for 2009. 

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