Now, more than ever, big companies are realizing that innovation is the key to their success. Indeed, to tap into the startup space, many companies are turning to venture capital (VC) firms and their accelerator programs. They are ready to access bright startup ideas and move them into the fold of their own company.

Let’s take a deeper look at what Plug and Play does, and how they do it.

Behind the Curtain at Plug and Play

Named as one of the most active investors in the world, this firm is a unique hybrid, meeting multiple solutions for startups. …


Startups are looking for investors to provide them funding for their business ideas. In fact, some are able to find investors that offer something more — like the team at Brightlane Ventures.

Startups are looking for investors to provide them funding for their business ideas. In fact, some are able to find investors that offer something more — like the team at Brightlane Ventures.

Anish Patel and his firm play a key role in the venture capital (VC) landscape as they align people with more than just money. The firm was born from some of the world’s best recruiting…


Grant Allen is a Corporate VC Investor with SE Ventures, an angel investor through his firm Keybridge Ventures, and the founder of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation.

As a corporate venture capitalist (VC) in Silicon Valley, Grant Allen brings a unique perspective to investing. His work does not end there as he is also an agency investor and nonprofit founder. He has a tremendous amount of respect for other investors and a passion that shines through. This is evident when he speaks about his love for the work he does.

One of the best learning tools we entrepreneurs have is…


The common types of startup investors include:

  • Angel Investor
  • Venture Capital (VC) Investor
  • Corporate Investor

Let’s look at the different types of investors.

Angel Investors

First, it’s important to clarify a common misconception about angels. Some people mix “friends and family” investors with “angel investors” because of the timing in which they invest. Both types of investors can get involved in the stages where a startup is struggling to make a profit, make revenues, or even make a proper prototype. However, they are not interchangeable terms.

Angel investors are individuals who invest in a startup at the seed or pre-seed stage…


As a startup, there are many factors to consider when looking to increase the odds of securing investor funding. This is especially true in a changing economy. To be successful, it’s always helpful to look at historical investment trends, along with examining the current state of the economy (which is now being impacted by COVID-19). It’s important to watch for unique trends based on the state of the current period. With COVID-19, there are trends that mirror other recessionary times. However, it is far from typical compared to other economical down cycles.

This post reviews what every entrepreneur needs to…


Speaking with Cydney Mar was a wonderful reminder of how the path of entrepreneurship can be full of the unexpected! During this Spotlight on Success, Cydney opened up about how her journey was both unpredictable and unconventional. Today, she uses her unique experiences and background to mentor and coach entrepreneurs all over the world, while she continues to grow her own businesses in health and wellness.

Cydney Mar was six years old the first time she set foot on the ice. After trying out skating on a family vacation in Toronto, her parents enrolled her in a local club. …


Mangled Mascots is a brand dedicated to celebrating pet owners and their interests. They create pet toys and merchandise and offer exclusively branded items that you can’t find anywhere else, like specific types of toys for sports fans and their pets. From toys to leashes to collars to crates, Mangled Mascots is a one stop shop for pet owners. Their business will unveil in the summer of 2020 with a fun spin on common pet items. They aim to celebrate the special bond between pets and owners.

One of the things I love most about working with entrepreneurs is watching…


Recently , Trent Bray invited me to be a guest on his podcast, opportunity to share about what I’ve learned while working with my clients and running Hustle the Day. The show focuses on entrepreneurs and visionaries who’ve left the hustle and bustle of the typical nine to five in favor of a new direction. I had the my own business.

I love listening to interviews with different people, hearing about their journey to business success (or sometimes business failure). When I get the pleasure of being invited for these types of interviews, I jump on it.

During this interview…


If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any length of time, you’ve likely discovered that figuring out how to pitch to investors can be a challenge.

Remember the time that you reached out to an investor and heard nothing? You know — when you left them a message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and told them you have a great business idea. And then you asked how to pitch it to them….only to be met with crickets.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s important to not take it personally. …


When preparing to pitch for funding, you should know there are a few specific documents needed for investors. Missing one or more of these will create the impression that you aren’t quite prepared for fund raising, or aren’t familiar with the capital-raising side of business. This can quickly leave a negative impression, and can even botch your chances of getting funded.

A word of caution: even if you are pitching to a family member or a friend, you should have these documents ready to show for two reasons. First, it will demonstrate to your possible investor that you mean business…

Ashley Cheeks

Mom | Wife | Author | Speaker | Founder — Ashley helps entrepreneurs with great business plans & pitches so they can get funded. Visit www.writtensuccess.co

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