Let's let entrepreneurs piggyback on one of the largest sources of local/regional awareness that's already in place across our country... the plain-old green exit signs at every highway exit. Here in North Carolina you drive past about 150 startups as you go from RDU International Airport to Chapel Hill, Raleigh or Durham (10 miles). Along your drive you are notified about every Shell Gas station and every Cracker Barrel ...more »
Create national events where both startups and investors can have booths like a trade show. This way investors can seek out great new companies and startups can get access to funding partners. 90% of great companies that do not get funding is not because of the idea, but it is because of lack of the correct exposure to the right investors.
I suggest you... The Challenges: New startups fail due to lack of physical resources, lack of financial resources, and lack of knowledge/training/education. The Opportunities: 1.) Maker Fairs and "Hackerspaces", TechShop for example, are growing in popularity and people pay to attend them. 2.) A large infrastructure of Vo-Tech and community colleges exist across this country. 3.) A student loan system is already in place. ...more »
Make it easier for startups and small businesses to secure Friends and Family funding through equity financing - we shouldn't have to create a PPM for this like it's an angel round. It's crucial to early bootstrapping...