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Interview: The 3-minute pitch that gets you financed.

Interview: The 3-minute pitch that gets you financed.

 Tips for a good pitch from an experienced American mentor Â
Reposted from StartupCafe.ro/HotNews.ro February 24, 2016
“When you have a great business idea and are looking for funding from investors, you have no more than 3 minutes to persuade investors you meet,” says Rohit Shukla, a business mentor with experience, in an interview with, StartupCafe.ro.Â
Rohit K. Shukla leads Larta Institute, an organization that helps entrepreneurs accelerate in the United States from …

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Apply to Present at the Ag Innovation Showcase!

Apply to Present at the Ag Innovation Showcase!

Applications to present at Ag Innovation Showcase are open from now to May 15th.
Each year, the Ag Innovation Showcase features the most promising Ag start-ups and research projects pursuing solutions in ag-biotech, renewable energy, sustainable materials, animal health, soil and water, and farming technology from across the globe. Our alumni companies, many of whom have achieved significant success, are visible ambassadors of our mission. They transform ideas into …

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Micronics Technologies one of four to win General Electric Statoil of Norway Open Innovation Challenge

Micronics Technologies one of four to win General Electric Statoil of Norway Open Innovation Challenge

I was first introduced to Karen Sorber, CEO of Micronics Technologies, when I facilitated the USDA CATP workshop in DC in March of 2015. Karen was an eager, passionate, expressive participant, frequently interrupting the presenters to make sure she could extract nuggets that were practical and applicable to her company. Then we selected her to present at the Ag Showcase in 2015, at which she was quite a hit, both …

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Ecovative Design raises $4M and rings NASDAQ closing bell

Ecovative Design raises $4M and rings NASDAQ closing bell

Kicking off 2016 with a $4 million investment round from existing investors, ringing the NASDAQ closing bell with SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet, and with plans for a larger funding round in the “tens of millions” that will be open to new investors, Ecovative Design is a company worth watching.
In Contreras-Sweet’s speech on the state of entrepreneurship in the U.S., she cites Ecovative as one of the SBA’s investment success stories. Ecovative …

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AgFunder releases 2015 AgTech Investing Report

AgFunder releases 2015 AgTech Investing Report

AgFunder released its 2015 Year in Review Investing Report, mid month. We like what we are seeing in the agriculture sector. For the third successive year, AgFunder is reporting growth in investment in agriculture technologies. As champions of ag innovation, we at Larta Institute could not be more pleased to see growth in investor confidence.
Take a look at a few of the encouraging highlights of the report:

Investment doubled …

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Funding Opportunities for Small Business and Women and Minorities

Funding Opportunities for Small Business and Women and Minorities

The USDA Announced Funding Available Women, Minorities in STEM
The USDA announced on March 8th, that they have $400,000 in available funding to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
This funding is available through the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and …

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New faces at Larta

New faces at Larta

Larta Institute would like to welcome one of our newest members, Sharon Senko.
Sharon was hired in January as a Programs Associate to support our expanding programs. She is inspired by our mission to energize entrepreneurs with innovations that “feed, fuel, and heal” the world, and is excited to be assisting companies with impactful innovations. Sharon, who will be working closely with Senior Programs Manager, Marco Henkel, brings a strong background …

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