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Seed & Venture Capital Finance Resource Center

Seed capital is an initial capital investment into a new business venture or product line. Often, this capital allows an entrepreneur to launch a new venture without drawing upon traditional lending sources. As a general rule, seed capital is provided by private investors in exchange for a high rate of return on their investment. Seed capital recipients are typically businesses or entrepreneurs with less than one year of history. In most cases, they have not yet produced a commercial product or service. Investors often seek an equity or ownership position in the new company. This represents a considerable tradeoff, as the entrepreneur must cede an ownership interest or pay an unusually high rate of return in order to gain access to capital.

Venture capitalists are financiers that take a role in the management of young, growing companies. Venture capital firms are generally private partnerships or corporations funded by private and public pension funds, endowment funds, foundations, corporations, individuals and foreign investors. Venture capital is different from seed capital because venture capital firms typically do not invest in companies until they are somewhat established. Venture capitalists often play a hands-on role in the management of a new, growing company, and may also assist with product development. They typically take a high risk in anticipation of a relatively higher rate of return over a period of time.

Seed and venture capital programs exist throughout the country. While the public sector may help to initiate such programs, they are largely operated by the private sector. Economic development practitioners can help to foster economic activity by steering new companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups towards venture capital and private equity firms in their states or communities. This type of funding is critical in providing capital for emerging businesses.

-Angel Investment Resources

Access to Capital Strategies for AgricultureMembers only Login
Tim Crosby explores the most innovative and effective access to capital tools used for agriculture-based business, including loan funds and federal and state programs.
Angel Investment Tax CreditsMembers only Login
Catherine Renaul of Innovation Policyworks LLC, provides research and analysis on using angel investment tax credits to incentivize investors.
Implementing Angel Groups And Angel FundsMembers only Login
Building the system, team, and network for angel investing is explained by Jim Troxel of Development Capital Networks.
Angel Investment Tax Credits in Illinois and ElsewhereMembers only Login
Adam Blair with the Economic Development Research Group discusses Illinois’ extension of the angel investment tax credit and how it compares with similar programs in other states that compete for angel investment
Bread and Butter Farm Case StudyMembers only Login
How Bread and Butter Farm worked with a patchwork quilt of financing sources to keep land conserved for agriculture.
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-Seed Capital Resources

Evaluation of SSBCI ProgramMembers only Login
This report summarizes the outcomes of 142 state credit support and investment programs funded by the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which supported over $8 billion in new lending and investing to small businesses since 2011. The report studies program activity based on data reported to Treasury on 16,919 transactions made between 2011 and 2015, and interviews of state program managers and their partners.
Starting and Operating a Business in Garrett County, MDMembers only Login
This guide is designed to help find answers in Garrett County, Maryland to the many questions which may arise when developing a new business idea or expanding current business.
MI 21st Century Jobs Trust FundMembers only Login
For most states, promoting entrepreneurship has not been part of the mainstream programmatic efforts of traditional economic-development policy. However certain states, such as Michigan, have had the foresight to support investments which foster an environment supportive of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Valuing a Company - Pricing the DealMembers only Login
David Thomison of Oklahoma State University breaks down how to value a company, touching upon key equity valuation terms, targeted ROIs, summation methods and more.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several development finance programs that have proven effective in attracting venture and start-up capital.
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-Venture Capital Resources

Evaluation of SSBCI ProgramMembers only Login
This report summarizes the outcomes of 142 state credit support and investment programs funded by the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which supported over $8 billion in new lending and investing to small businesses since 2011. The report studies program activity based on data reported to Treasury on 16,919 transactions made between 2011 and 2015, and interviews of state program managers and their partners.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA'sMembers only Login
This month’s CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series on Capturing the Success of High Performing DFA's featured Tim Fisher of CDFA, Paul Toth of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Gary Smith of Chester County Economic Development Council, Samuele Bozzolla of Allegheny County, and Juan Salgado of Phoenix Industrial Development Authority.
Starting and Operating a Business in Garrett County, MDMembers only Login
This guide is designed to help find answers in Garrett County, Maryland to the many questions which may arise when developing a new business idea or expanding current business.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several development finance programs that have proven effective in attracting venture and start-up capital.
Bread and Butter Farm Case StudyMembers only Login
How Bread and Butter Farm worked with a patchwork quilt of financing sources to keep land conserved for agriculture.
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-State Sponsored Venture Capital Resources

State and Federal Development Finance ProgramsMembers only Login
Industry experts from around the state and from various federal agencies will discuss development finance programs and their potential to spur job creation and growth in the economic development industry.
MI 21st Century Jobs Trust FundMembers only Login
For most states, promoting entrepreneurship has not been part of the mainstream programmatic efforts of traditional economic-development policy. However certain states, such as Michigan, have had the foresight to support investments which foster an environment supportive of innovation and entrepreneurship.
State Sponsored Venture Capital Programs Administered by ADFAMembers only Login
Brad Henry of ADFA describes their multiple programs designed to provide co-investment as a supplement to private capital.
Innovation Districts Catalyze Jobs, Creativity, GrowthMembers only Login
Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. The concept of an Innovation District is one such idea. These districts are creative, energy-laden ecosystems that focus on building partnerships across sectors.
The Rise of Innovation DistrictsMembers only Login
Innovation Districts are creative urban ecosystems in which city leaders, start-ups, established firms, institutions, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs converge to capitalize upon new ideas and technological breakthroughs. Innovation districts are designed to bridge gaps between fields and make unusual and creative collaboration more likely to happen.
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-Case Studies

Seed & Venture Capital are flexible and efficient tools for transformation. CDFA has collected dozens of case study examples.

2017 CDFA Pennsylvania Financing Roundtable WebinarMembers only Login
This webinar features a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Pennsylvania economy going forward. Learn from expert speakers Thomas Henson with NW Capital Markets, David Langlieb with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Melissa Stone with Harrisburg Regional Chamber, and Ryan Unger with Team Pennsylvania.
Innovation Districts Catalyze Jobs, Creativity, GrowthMembers only Login
Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. The concept of an Innovation District is one such idea. These districts are creative, energy-laden ecosystems that focus on building partnerships across sectors.
The Rise of Innovation DistrictsMembers only Login
Innovation Districts are creative urban ecosystems in which city leaders, start-ups, established firms, institutions, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs converge to capitalize upon new ideas and technological breakthroughs. Innovation districts are designed to bridge gaps between fields and make unusual and creative collaboration more likely to happen.
Locally Supported Seed, Angel & Venture CapitalMembers only Login
Greg Daniels with Squire Patton Boggs explains the how to support seed, angel and venture capital locally with public and private dollars. He uses Ohio Capital Fund as an example and how the finance is structured.
Angel Capital: What is it? Where is it? Best Practices to Form and Manage Angel Groups and FundsMembers only Login
Jim Troxel with Cimarron Capital Partners explains the concepts behind angel investors, defining the characteristics, liquidity options, best practices and more.
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-Training Courses

A critical component of the development finance toolbox, innovation finance provides access to capital for entrepreneurs, new technology ventures, and emerging small businesses. The CDFA Seed & Venture Capital Finance Course explores the growing seed, venture capital and angel investment industry and provides clear direction for designing and implementing capital formation models at the local, regional, and state levels. This course differs from other capital formation curriculums in that it focuses more concretely on designing a program that uses public-sector connections, resources and coordination to drive long-term and sustainable private-sector investment. 

-Webcasts

Downtown Redevelopment Districts WebcastMembers only Login
This Ohio focused webcast features a discussion on the recently passed the new Downtown Redevelopment District legislation (HB 233) that provides new tools, including property assessment and TIF-like provisions, available to rehabilitate historic buildings, promote economic development, and advance innovation.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several development finance programs that have proven effective in attracting venture and start-up capital.
CDFA - PFM Capital Markets Webinar Series: Emerging Technology and the Capital MarketsMembers only Login
During this webinar, Bethany Pugh, Managing Director with PFM, Robert Novembre, CEO & Founder of Clarity Market Holdings, Lindsey Brannon, Head of Finance at Neighborly, and Gregg Bienstock, CEO & Co-Founder of Lumesis discussed how emerging technology will affect the capital markets.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Bridge Financing Solutions for Spurring DevelopmentMembers only Login
How can bridge lending become a dynamic part of a project's capital stack? During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast, Brett Doney with Great Falls Montana Development Authority and Terry Hegle with Business Oregon discussed effective bridge lending techniques and how they can sustain a project through its challenging initial phases to successful completion.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Crowdfunding Small Business DevelopmentMembers only Login
Crowdsourcing.org defines crowdfunding as “the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture.” This financing mechanism has become immensely popular with entrepreneurs and small businesses as can be seen by the growth of websites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter. States across the nation are adopting legislation to support this new style of finance. Some states have even partnered with crowdfunding providers or offered grant programs to encourage its use. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent from The Local Crowd, LLC, Trey Sherwood from the Laramie Main Street Alliance and Katharine Czarnecki from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation present on the approaches their communities are taking to support crowdfunding.

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