Here are some new sources of funding for your startup.
Brandery is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit startup accelerator with the goal of supporting startups in technology-based consumer experiences. More than 50 mentors work with the companies, which each receive $20,000 in seed money. Leading Cincinnati-based design firms offer free branding and visual identity guidance to each of the startups. Quantifiable benefits available to Brandery companies exceed $175,000. Good candidates are consumer-facing startups such as consumer Internet, media and entertainment companies that are based on technology platforms. Details can be found at http://www.brandery.com
Christian Capital Fund’s mission is to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and ministries source capital for projects, ideas and opportunities which edify lives, uplift the community, spread the good news and advance the common good. For More information, please visit: www.ChristianCapitalFund.com.
CTW Venture Partners is a new venture capital firm focused on early-stage entrepreneurs in Atlanta and throughout the southeast. CTW will raise a $25 million fund with its first close expected in early 2013. At that time, the partners expect to be investing with an eye toward companies in all industries and with strong leadership teams. For more info, visit http://www.CTWVP.com
Digital Catalyst Fund, a Silicon Valley inspired incubator, officially opened its doors today in Bucharest, home of one of the largest tech, programming, and developer communities in Europe. Applications deadline is July 15th. Interested startups can apply online at www.digitalcatalystfund.com
Early Shares is an equity based Crowdfunding portal. It connects investors and entrepreneurs securely and effectively. Entrepreneurs need access to capital nad investors need quality deal-flow. For more information, visit www.EarlyShares.com.
EvoNexus is an incubator for early stage high-tech companies in the San Diego area. EvoNexus provides mentoring, education, facilities, utilities, introductions to domain experts and other services for startup companies before they have achieved sustainability through revenues or private funding. EvoNexus’ goal is to graduate vital and sustainable companies into the San Diego community resulting in job creation. Unlike many other incubators, EvoNexus participant companies will be under no financial or IP-licensing related obligations to EvoNexus when they graduate from the incubator. It is supported through financial and in-kind donations. To learn more visit http://www.commnexus.com/incubator.
FilmFunds (www.filmfunds.com) is a site for movie and TV lovers and aspiring and professional filmmakers, actors and financiers. Designed to be a destination site for all things related to movies, FilmFunds allows users to follow projects from the time they are pitched until after they hit the big screen. FilmFunds users can access exclusive content, watch trailers, learn about upcoming movies, buy tickets and connect with one another. The site utilizes crowd-sourced social media marketing research to help filmmakers build support for their movies and find financing.
FoundersCard (www.founderscard.com) is a New York-based program that provides deals and discounts for entrepreneurs with more than 100 travel-related businesses, hotels, retailers and restaurants.
Fundable, a crowdfunding platform for serious startups, provides a solution, allowing early stage startups to seek capital from anyone — not just investors and traditional banks. Fundable is the first crowdfunding platform to democratize funding, providing two ways for companies to thank backers: rewards and company equity. For more information, visit http://www.fundable.com
GSR Ventures, with offices in Beijing, Palo Alto and Hong Kong, recently closed a $133 million fund named GSR Opportunities. The early stage venture capital firm specializes in investing in the Internet, wireless, green technology and semiconductor sectors. The firm has more than $1 billion under management. For more information, visit www.gsrventures.com
InnoSpring, Silicon Valley’s first US-China technology startup incubator, officially opened its doors. InnoSpring also announced the establishment of the InnoSpring Seed Fund. InnoSpring is currently taking applications for entry into their startup programs. Interested startups can apply online at http://www.innospring.com/apply/.
Peoples Venture Capital was founded to enable individual investors to participate in Venture Capital investments and the growth and success of small companies, while helping entrepreneurs succeed through grassroots funding. PeoplesVC.com is a catalyst for rapid change, jobs growth, and innovation. The company can be found online at http://www.PeoplesVC.com.
StartFast is the first venture-backed accelerator program in Upstate New York, funded by over 50 angel and venture capital investors from around the region and supported by Upstate Venture Connect (http://uvc.org), the Seed Capital Fund of CNY (www.scfcny.com), CenterState CEO (www.centerstateceo.com) and The Tech Garden (www.thetechgarden.com) and several other sponsors. StartFast Venture Accelerator (www.startfast.net) is modeled on TechStars, the No. 1 accelerator program nationwide. The StartFast philosophy surrounds a small number of companies with highly engaged members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to coach and support them to success. For more information about the program, see http://www.startfast.net.
Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP) is a pilot collaborative venture that provides women and diverse entrepreneurs with access to venture capital through accredited investors, many of whom have not traditionally had access to these sources of capital. Apply through the Marathon Foundation. The Marathon Foundation (TMF) is a business development network dedicated to entrepreneurial growth, access to capital and deal flow. TMF is an inclusive eco-system of entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, Fortune 500s, tech companies and consumer brands that leverage best practices and strategic relationships. TMF’s thought leadership programs focus on women and diverse small business creation. For more information, visit: http://marathonfdn.org