Funding Your Start Up Venture
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Many entrepreneurs rely on the support of various angel investors, but imagine the impact a 'Super Angel' can have on launching and growing your start-up venture?

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St. Francis College welcomed Rodolfo Bellesi (Co-founder & Principal, Ikove Venture Partners) and Ian Sosso (Founder & Managing Partner, Monte Carlo Capital) to talk about Funding Your Start-Up Venture on January 31, 2018. The lecture focused on the differences between the start-up ecosystem in the United States and across the Eurozone as well as the role of a Super Angel.

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President of St. Francis College, Miguel Martinez-Saenz offered opening remarks at the event which is part of the St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship's #buildyourBRAND lecture series.

"Unlike the customary VC method of providing substantial funding to a few potential 'unicorns,' the super angel model seeds many high-potential startups with less funding and significant mentoring. During this nurturing process, the super angel determines which start-ups have the highest probability to successfully scale. Super angels are ideal partners for college-based entrepreneurs," remarked President Martinez-Saenz.

The #buildyourBRAND series brings leaders in business and industry to campus to share their expertise with the growing St. Francis College student entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ikove Venture Partners bridges the gap between R&D funding and VC funded rounds by providing not only capital, but also by acting as a "Startup Nursery TM" and installing a multi-layered due diligence process aimed at vetting the most promising technologies and creating the right teams to bring those technologies to market.

Monte Carlo Capital is a group of business angels that has built an ecosystem of active co-investors and experienced advisors. They have a significant deal flow and look to select the best teams with a unique and disruptive business model. MCC has investments in Europe, Asia and North America. They focus on Seed and Series A and typically like to be the lead investor.

The St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship engages with academic and community partners to grow a collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem. It fosters student efforts to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and support them in becoming ethical and socially responsible leaders. The Center helps turn great student ideas into great realities.

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