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This profile is the eighth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors. Ashim Egunjobi is the Managing Partner of Octerra Capital, a venture capital fund with a mission to transform Africa by investing in visionaries that are challenging the status-quo and helping to build the Africa of tomorrow.

If one of the trickiest parts of due diligence is knowing when to press ahead in the face of mounting concerns, surely the other tricky part is knowing when to suspend your efforts. The former is a challenge of overcoming inertia and uncertainty, and the latter is a challenge of overcoming momentum.

The Heartland Climate Tech Partnership today announced that they’ve officially launched a new resource database for innovative climate tech and clean energy businesses across the Greater Midwest Region. The database provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to identify relevant programming and educational resources, attend networking and educational events and access critical design and prototyping resources. Using…

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Travel to almost any part of the world these days and you are likely to run into clusters of entrepreneurship. Whether you are located in a hotbed of technology like Silicon Valley, a huge emerging market such as China, or in the ancient city of Byblos, chances are you will stumble upon a collection of entrepreneurs working to create new, vibrant companies. And, wherever you find entrepreneurs, you will find investors looking to finance those entrepreneurs. This series of articles is written for fund managers who are creating these new sources of entrepreneur-focused capital today, and those who aspire to start funds in the near future.

Seraf is thrilled to announce its new suite of Deal Flow tools for early stage funds, family offices and angel investment groups. A natural product extension to Seraf’s renowned portfolio management solution, our new deal flow product enables teams to collaborate and efficiently usher deals from sourcing to exit all in one place.

The 2022 AIM Heartland Developers Conference (HDC) kicks off October 3–4 at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha. Presented by Farm Credit Services of America, HDC brings together companies, thought leaders, tech professionals and students in an immersive, software development conference experience. Attendees will experience keynote speakers, breakout sessions, an exhibitor hall and numerous…

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The 2022 Global Leadership Africa Summit Week launched this Saturday with a week of activities organized around a range of issues facing Africans and people of African descent. Designed to gather global young professional African leaders, entrepreneurs, and people who cherish Africa and value diversity, the Summit is taking place Sept. 10 – Sept. 18…

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As a deal lead, once you conclude that there is enough of an opportunity to merit potential investment, and around the time you start drafting the final report, you can push through the temporary euphoria and begin negotiating the termsheet. In some cases this will be driven entirely by the deal lead, while in investor networks with dedicated management, it might be led by a manager with the involvement of the deal lead.

In the past two years, so many of us have been reevaluating what we want out of life. Perhaps you want to go back to school, or try a different job, or cut back your hours to spend more time with family. Before the pandemic, though, such a transition would be too challenging for the…

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President Biden held a White House news conference today where he announced that the Heartland Robotics Cluster, led by Invest Nebraska, was one of 21 finalists awarded a multiyear grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).   The Heartland Robotics Cluster includes Invest Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Engineering,…

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As noted in Seraf Toolbox: Sample Board Meeting Minutes for Early Stage Companies, board minutes are universal, somewhat mundane, and very important. In a perfect world, they would be written by outside counsel, but not every startup can or does get help with minutes, so sometimes it is up to the investors to speak up about things that should not be in the minutes and make sure the minutes protect them. This piece is the final installment of an in-depth look at what good minutes should be and what they shouldn’t. In this piece we tackle the don’ts.

“Walk with, not by.” So goes motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness through direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that rejects slacktivism for what could be called “app-tivism”—the use of consumer apps to generate meaningful social action. More than just sharing news of a cause or signaling one’s ethos with…

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As noted in Sample Board Meeting Minutes for Early Stage Companies, board minutes are universal, somewhat mundane, and very important. When writing them, you are trying to achieve a number of different objectives and that makes writing good minutes tricky. Accordingly, here is an in-depth look at what good minutes should be and what they shouldn’t. The guidelines are organized into dos and don’ts across ten categories. In this piece we tackle the dos.

OneKIN, a mission-driven technology company powering the future of retail for small businesses, has been selected for the Mastercard Start Path global startup engagement program, according to a press release issued by the company. OneKIN is joining the In Solidarity pathway, which is exclusively dedicated to supporting early-stage startups led by traditionally underrepresented fintech founders.…

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This profile is the fourth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting impact investors. Eric Klose is a Boston-based impact investor and the founder of Ground Squirrel Ventures.

The St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective (STLEEC), a cross-sector collaborative that advocates for equity – primarily related to race and gender – and fosters system-level change within the St. Louis entrepreneur community, has opened applications for its E3 St. Louis Leadership Institute (E3).  Facilitated by Forward Cities President and CEO, Fay Horwitt, E3 is…

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Seraf co-founder Christopher Mirabile recently spoke with his good friend Marcia Dawood on her podcast, The Angel Next Door. They talked about a wide variety of topics ranging from how he first got involved in angel investing, to some good exit stories, to his work on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, to crowdfunding and regulation of the crypto market. Have a listen!

KCSourceLink has announced that Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City, the metro’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, has a new base camp for its 15th year, according to a press release issued today. The weeklong event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will have its main events at iWerx in North Kansas City, Missouri,…

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Bluestem Biosciences, a renewable chemicals company maximizing agriculture and energy infrastructure through synthetic biology, announced today a pre-seed financing round of $5 million. Zero Infinity Partners led the round, including participation from Matt Vining, CEO of Navigator CO2 Ventures; Invest Nebraska; angel investor Robert Sali and Bluestem Co-Founder & CEO Billy Hagstrom.  Founded in January…

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This profile is the seventh in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors. Ashok Kamal is an Executive Director & Co-Fund Manager of NuFund Venture Group, a San Diego-based early-stage investment fund created by, and formerly known as, Tech Coast Angels - San Diego.

The Callers to Coders program, part of the nonprofit AIM Institute’s partnership with Physicians Mutual, is currently introducing six employees to training in core data management. Physicians Mutual is eager to amplify the success and impacts of last year’s Callers to Coders initiative by again utilizing AIM’s Custom Training program. The 2022 cohort, which launched…

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For most startups, developing relationships takes time and effort. The CEO has to make a deliberate and concerted effort to find and speak with key industry players to build rapport and awareness over time. Other startups, by contrast, are seemingly built for partnerships. These are startups focused on ecosystems, knowing they will need to work with partners to not only make their product function well but also to get it to customers. Relationship centric startups are practically prewired for potential exits. Marty Bodley’s company, ZiipRoom, was one of those startups. 

Sentinel Fertigation, a technology company that has developed a platform to quantify nitrogen status in crops to anticipate fertigation needs, recently announced the close to an initial, $1.2 million seed fund round. The fundraising round includes investors from Invest Nebraska, Burlington Capital Ag-Venture, Nebraska Angels, Proven Ventures and several angel investors across the nation. Fertigation…

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This profile is the seventh in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. Elaine Bolle is an active angel investor, board director and advisor who has led domestic and global organizations from start-ups to $750M+ enterprises. She has built and successfully exited several early stage venture backed companies. She currently focuses on early stage entrepreneurial ventures serving on several boards.

There are a million reasons not to invest in any given startup. Even in the best case, there will be unanswered questions, missing pieces, missing team members, projected losses and uncertainty all around. The diligence process tends to document all of the warts in one place. You would think a compilation of those warts would be the death knell - the final nail in the coffin. So why do people invest in startups?

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