Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

Topics that may be of interest to new companies or individuals/entities that finance them.

State Funded Missouri Startup Fund Sees Cut in Budget Allocation

David Nicklaus indicated today in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that, “When Pfizer shut down its St. Louis research operation in 2010, Joseph Monahan decided to stay. “He founded a new company, Confluence Life Sciences, that now employs 40 scientists, including many ex-Pfizer colleagues. Confluence has attracted millions of dollars of capital from firms in… Continue Reading

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Small Investors Show Little Interest in U.S. Startups

Bloomberg writer Lizette Chapman reported last week that, “It’s been a year since U.S. rules went into effect enabling anyone — not just the ultra-wealthy — to buy a slice of a startup. “Turns out, few are interested. “Investors sprinkled about $38 million across 142 companies since May 2016 when Title III of the JOBS Act… Continue Reading

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FarmStart Surpasses $10 Million in Investments to Startup Agriculture Ventures

A news release last week from Farm Credit East stated that, “FarmStart, an innovative Northeast program to help individuals get started in farming, announced it has invested more than $10 million in beginning farmers’ businesses. Since the program’s inception just over 11 years ago, it has committed more than 10 million dollars to 221 beginning… Continue Reading

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Two Purdue Agricultural Startups Receive Funding

A news release yesterday from Purdue University indicated that, “Two Purdue University agriculture-based startups each have received $50,000 investments from the Purdue Ag-celerator, a plant sciences innovation fund operated by Purdue Ventures, the capital access arm of the Purdue Foundry, with assistance from the Purdue College of Agriculture, Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercializationand… Continue Reading

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USDA Certifies Rural Business Investment Fund

A news release today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that, “Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA has certified the Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV LP as an investment pool for small and startup rural businesses. “‘This certification is another tool USDA provides to help rural businesses, to create jobs… Continue Reading

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Startups Focus on Urban Agriculture, Food Grown Closer to Where People Live

Betsy McKay reported in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that, “Billions of people around the world live far from where their food is grown. “It’s a big disconnect in modern life. And it may be about to change. “The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 33% more people than are on the… Continue Reading

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Immigration Concerns, Labor Shortages Spur Investment in America’s Heartland

Bloomberg writer Mario Parker reported today that, “President Donald Trump’s get-tough attitude on immigration is spurring a surge of high-tech investment in America’s heartland, where farmers are scrambling for new ways of coping with labor shortages and slumping profits. “Finding people for the sometimes back-breaking tasks of planting and harvesting crops has become increasingly difficult… Continue Reading

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Coca-Cola’s New CEO to Accelerate Investments in Start-Ups

Lindsay Whipp reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “Coca-Cola’s new chief executive is to accelerate the company’s investments in start-ups, as the world’s largest soft drinks company seeks to diversify more quickly into healthier beverages and new trends. “James Quincey, who took over the CEO role from Muhtar Kent this month, said the… Continue Reading

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Iowa’s Craft Liquor Distilleries Prepare for Wave of New Business

Brianne Pfannenstiel reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “Iowa’s craft liquor distilleries are preparing for a wave of new business now that Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a law allowing them to pour cocktails and other drinks by the glass. “‘It’s such a customer expectation,’ said Garrett Burchett, co-owner of Mississippi River Distilling Company… Continue Reading

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The Race is On to Become the AgTech home for Big Agriculture

Orlando Saez indicated in an opinion item posted recently at Crain’s Chicago Business Online that, “As the innovation ecosystem in Chicago and the Midwest expands with almost breathtaking speed, we are establishing ourselves as best-of-class in fields such as nanotechnology, robotics, digital and financial tech, material science and advanced manufacturing. I want to add one… Continue Reading

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