Helping Entrepreneurs Get Capital
Strategic Growth Capital Partnership is between the College of Business and Economics (COBE) and VentureCapital.Org (VCO). Led by COBE executive in residence, John Williamson, this partnership delivers a venture accelerator service to Idaho that gives innovative entrepreneurs a much higher probability of success in raising the critical investment capital necessary for them to grow their businesses here in Idaho. In doing so, the emerging companies can increase their impact on the Idaho economy including job creation — providing jobs for our Boise State University College of Business and Economics graduates. The principal product offered to the entrepreneur is access to a world-class mentor team of professionals with a rich background from the investment and entrepreneurial communities, as well as from exceptional service providers who specialize in working with early-stage emerging companies. This mentor program known as the Venture Cooperative Funding Program (VCFP) helps the entrepreneur find money when they need it most.
Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund
In addition to the venture cooperative mentor program available to entrepreneurs, our executive in residence is working with local investors to establish an Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (EDRLF). This facility is anticipated to be available in the 2nd quarter of 2018 and will provide an additional source of working capital for emerging Idaho companies to grow and scale their operations as they work to attract more significant investor relationships. When completed, this fund will enable Boise State’s College of Business and Economics to create a unique student experience in venture banking, as operational aspects of the loan fund will be administered by our finance students. This practical, hands-on experience will become invaluable for students seeking careers in finance and banking.
A cornerstone of the Strategic Capital Growth Partnership is the internship experience available to our students. It is anticipated that between the VCFP and the EDRLF we will be able to provide between 10 and 15 internships each academic year. This volunteer experience is rich in opportunity. The students will graduate having developed a broad network of contacts from within our mentor program, many of whom may be potential employers or significant references. Students from all fields of study may participate, and they will gain a practical understanding of how a business strategically aligns their value proposition to attract investment capital.
Stakeholder Steering Committee
The Strategic Capital Partnership has also provided new opportunities to enhance engagement between Boise State University, entrepreneurs, students, and industry stakeholders. We have initiated several referrals to University partners including TechHelp, the SBDC, other colleges at Boise State University and numerous outside organizations. In 2018 the Strategic Capital Growth Partnership will host a stakeholder steering committee of representatives who support an agenda of providing entrepreneurs with better access to capital – both treasure and talent. This committee includes the Idaho Technology Council, Keiretsu Forum, Boise StartUp Week, Boise City, Trailhead, Trolley House, The Idaho Department of Commerce, SBDC, Idaho Capital Connect, Venture College and members of the Boise Angel Network. Through this collective group of stakeholders, we will look to offer Idaho entrepreneurs and Idaho investors a series of content-driven events and seminars that will focus on aligning capital resources with innovators in the Idaho market. The intended results of these collective efforts will be to establish a robust capital network to help drive deal flow and opportunities for all within the network.
Together we help Start, Find Money, Change the World.
To learn more contact:
John Williamson, Executive in Residence and Director of Strategic Growth Capital Partnership
Micron Business and Economics Building, Room 1120G | (208) 426-3020 | firstname.lastname@example.org