Resources for Entrepreneurs


Below are links to download the required One-Sheet template for Entrepreneurs, as well as the FSI powerpoint investor template..

After you've downloaded and completed your One-Sheet, you can upload it to FSI by using the Entrepreneur One-Sheet Upload Form.

Reading / Articles

  • I've got angels who want to invest but not lead - now what?
  • September 2, 2009 - 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Venture Capital for Pharma/Bio - Read Article
  • June 1, 2009 - Entrepreneurs Toolkit, Industry Scorecard - Want the inside track on your industry? Check out Integra Information's private-company scoreboard for key trends in various industries. See how your company stacks up. Read Article 
  • April 14, 2009 - How to Avoid Making a Bad Pitch - This is an excellent article, as well as a "pitch book" for entrepreneurs, created by a well-known VC firm. Read Article
  • March 31, 2009 - Three Steps to a Sound Business Model - Investors are paying more attention than ever to startups' business models. Here's how to make yours bulletproof. Read Article
  • February 12, 2009 - Find Your Perfect (Business) Match - Online matchmaking help for entrepreneurs. Whether they're looking for a location, partner or funding, there's a website to hook them up. Read Article
  • February 8, 2009 - New Tax Tips for Businesses - Take advantage of every new tax break on your '08 return. Read Article
  • January 14, 2009 - Ten Things Every Good Business Plan Must Have - Solid business plans don't guarantee success. But for entrepreneurs with decent ideas, they surely boost the odds. Read Article
  • November 19, 2008 - Raising Capital from Customers - Selling shares in your business to customers via a private placement can be a great way to raise capital - and there are other benefits. Read Article
  • October 23, 2008 - 3 Honest Ways to Raise Startup Money - Create a healthy foundation for your business by combining enthusiasm with honesty. Read Article
  • September 26, 2008 - How to Get More Exposure for a Small Biz Online - An "Ask the Expert" Q&A with Kevin Ryan. Read Article
  • September 18, 2008 - How to Search for Existing Patents - Before you spend a lot of time and energy creating the next best thing, use a patent search to make sure it hasn't already been done. Read Article
  • September 4, 2008 - How to Negotiate a Term Sheet, Parts I and II - In this two-part series, columnist Tom Taulli defines key terms and sketches out common pitfalls for entrepreneurs negotiating a term sheet with venture capitalists. Read Part I and Read Part II
  • September 4, 2008 - Putting a Value on a New Venture - How to perform a back-of-the-envelope valuation of a business that's still relatively unproven. Read Article
  • August 11, 2008 - A Fresh, Searchable Venture Capital Database - A new searchable database of venture capitalists, courtesy of Matt Winn's (Chrysalis Ventures) blog. Nearly 500 venture firms and almost 7,000 professionals are listed, accompanied by a U.S. map showing location as well as staff of each. View Database
  • July 16, 2008 - Hope is Not a Strategy - Timeless Advice for Entrepreneurs: What are Venture Capitalists looking for before they decide to invest in a start-up? Read Article
  • May 26, 2008 - Strategies for Sustaining Innovation - Developing a systematic innovation strategy from scratch is a challenge many companies are facing in today's fast-paced world. Read Article
  • May 14, 2008 - Getting Down to the Business of Creativity - If creativity is integral to business, and to entrepreneurship in particular, how exactly does it occur? Read Article
  • March 26, 2008 - Is Your Great Idea A Real Business? - Before you liquidate your 401(k) for startup capital, step back and figure out whether your "great idea" truly translates into a money-making venture. Read Article
  • May 13, 2008 - 6 Strategies to Recession-Proof Your Startup - The economy may be sputtering, but entrepreneurs can still succeed with the right business model and cost controls. Read Article
  • April 29, 2008 - How Google Fuels Its Idea Factory - CEO Eric Schmidt describes the simple principles driving the company's steady stream of innovations. Read Article
  • March, 2008 - On the Hunt - Finding investors for your business is all about targeting the right people. Read Article
  • January 30, 2008 - Catching the Innovation Wave - What the risk-taking, big-wave-surfing community has to teach executives about finding new ideas and riding the curl of growth. Read Article
  • December 28, 2007 - A Post-Google Fraternity of Investors - "A growing number of Google millionaires are looking to parlay their newfound wealth into even greater riches by bankrolling technology startups." Read Article
  • October 26, 2007 - Financing Your Startup: Some Essential Tips - "The entrepreneur should be thoroughly familiar with where he or she will get the funds to start a company and with what "strings" might be attached to those funds." Read Article
  • How to find your angel investor - Use these heavenly hints to attract the early-stage funding you need to get your new business off the ground. Read Article