The Greening of Things
Written By Tom Zender
The Greening of Things
This is the first article in a series focused on building a great pitch deck, and if you are an entrepreneur and you need funding, at some point, you have to get out there and pitch. Yup, it is inevitable. And, it isn’t entirely enough to talk a good talk. If you have a shot at delivering an outstanding presentation, then your pitch deck design must stand out as well. There are a lot of businesses looking for money. Design can be the deciding factor for getting major funding, attracting key media, and landing big customers. A winning pitch deck is a mixture of great design and focused, clear content. It also has to fit into a time structure. Are you overwhelmed just thinking about how to do this? Let’s break down the design portion.
CEI was please to participate in the very exciting Rise of the Rest event sponsored by AOL founder and entrepreneurial investor, Steve Case. His U.S. bus tour is promoting the acceleration of entrepreneurship and innovation in cities beyond the startup strongholds of Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and New York.
We learned early on in the development of our business incubator that our story would best be told by those businesses in the program. More than the services we provide or the facility that we built, the true measure of success would come from the milestones attained by CEI clients. It would prove that the combination of their unique innovations and hard work - and ultimately our ability to support and develop viable businesses for Phoenix - made a difference. So when three member companies announce major funding in as many days, you can count that as a HUGE win for the incubator that houses them. Indeed it has been a good week for the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation.
The summer is upon us here in Arizona. With record-high temperatures hitting us this past weekend - including the earliest date in our state's history for 115-degrees - the heat is definitely on. But it’s also a chance for you to make moves for your business if you choose.
Earlier this month, Portland-based Clean Edge Inc. released its annual “U.S. Cleantech Leadership Index” which lists the highest ranking states and metro areas based on their activities around clean energy, renewable technology adoption, investment and innovation. The report gives unique insight into the intersection between a city's public and private support with the growth of the industry within its borders. Here is where Phoenix lands on the report as well as other key findings.
So you have reached the moment where you think you are ready for your product to hit the market, but there are several important aspects you should have in place for your business in order to make a splash with your customers. Here is our take on what those are.
As a business incubator professional, I truly enjoy watching entrepreneurs take advantage of the plethora of resources at their disposal within a program – from advice and mentorship to facilities and equipment. VisionGate, a company that has developed innovations for the early detection and prevention of lung cancer, graduated from the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) incubator in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2015 and totally crushed the experience in 3 major ways.
Right now, the Phoenix entrepreneurial ecosystem is coalescing with the momentum of a cheetah running in an open field, and every entrepreneur in the region should make it his/her mission to plug in to our growing community. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of the most populated startup hangouts where a lot of magic happens.
Startups in the healthcare space have inundated the market the last few years, from those companies transforming digital health record management to others that focus on improving the patient experience. In Phoenix alone, we have seen a glut of promising new technologies that include well-funded businesses and their lesser known but no-less-interesting counterparts. Nationally, venture capital in the amount of $4.1 billion was given to digital healthcare companies in 2014; other studies have overall funding for these companies at $6.5 billion. Regardless the message is clear: new and innovative digital healthcare solutions have become not just a startup trend, but a national one. And here’s why.