VC Connect

About VC Connect

VC Connect is an opportunity for our investor community to connect with and support UNT affiliated early stage ventures.

This portal allows investors confidential access to key information about companies that are actively seeking capital, and an ability to connect with those companies they would like to meet.

How It Works
VC Connect
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Investors interested in accessing VC Connect sign up for an account by filling out an investor profile. The investor is then given a unique login to view the VC Connect portal, allowing them to filter companies by round size, vertical, location and university affiliation.

If an investor identifies a company of interest, the investor clicks the “connect me” button on the company’s profile and we then introduce them to the company’s leadership.

FAQ

How would investors gain access to opportunities on VC Connect?
Investors gain access by filling out this separate VC Connect form (onevalley.typeform.com/to/CnTQ5I). After the investor submits the form, VC Connect login credentials are provided.

What investor qualifications are required to access and use VC Connect?
Currently, VC Connect does not have specific investor requirements. There are over 450 investors in the VC Connect network, ranging from individuals, to angels, institutionals, and corporates. A clear majority of those investors have indicated interest in Seed and Series A private company financing rounds.

How can I identify UNT affiliated companies?
Investors should select the UNT specific filter to eliminate non-UNT affiliated companies.

After viewing the deck, how would an investor go about asking initial questions to the start-up?
Investors that have interest in a company will click the “Connect Me” button. We will then connect the investor directly to the company’s leadership via email. From there the investor can set up a meeting directly or request more information

External Funding Opportunities

Grants

Financial Resources for Business - Resources for Recovery

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce provides easy-to-understand explanations of how the government resources impact individuals and different-sized businesses through toolkits and documents.

iFundWomen

Startup funding platform providing capital, on-demand coaching, and industry connections critical to launching and growing businesses.

Visa Everywhere Initiative 2020

The Visa Everywhere Initiative (VEI) is a global innovation program that tasks start-ups and fintechs to solve payments and commerce challenges of tomorrow, further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast net.

Small Business Administration

Funding opportunities through the US SBA include loans to start or expand businesses, access to debt and equity investors, disaster assistance, surety bonds to protect clients and workers and grants.

WomensNet - The Amber Grant

Awarded once per month, the Amber Grant gives USD 2,000 funding to a female entrepreneur. Each year, one of twelve monthly grant recipients gets an additional USD 25,000 in funding. Applying is fairly straightforward—you just need to fill out a form online. However, there is a USD 15 fee to apply. The Amber Grant is run by WomensNet, an organization for female entrepreneurs.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program expands federal innovation research and development (R&D) funding opportunities to small businesses collaborating with nonprofit research institutions, resulting in research commercialization. Participating agencies include: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Additional Info
In order to submit a proposal to any of the agencies, you must consider that each agency has other unique systems with which you must register. Browse "solicitations" posted by federal agencies and filter by program, agency, or phase. Click any headline for further details on how to apply.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a competitive awards-based program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Participating agencies include: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Additional Info
In order to submit a proposal to any of the agencies, you must consider that each agency has other unique systems with which you must register. Browse "solicitations" posted by federal agencies and filter by program, agency, or phase. Click any headline for further details on how to apply.

TWU Grant Programs

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs StartHER Grant and Small Business Training Program help women business owners —current or aspiring—to undertake new and innovative projects. Up to 10 business owners will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant. Announcement for Grant Applications is typically done at the end of September per state funding.

Accelerators
Early Stage Investors