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The Rise of Purpose-Designed Testing

There are many variables and unknowns in determining whether to invest in a nascent company. Often the best way to gauge viability is not the business plan, but the quality of the leadership team. The challenge is figuring out how specifically to vet these people, as...

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What’s next for the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program?

Maine’s Seed Capital Tax Credit Program has seen a dramatic increase in utilization since its redesign, encouraging both in-state and out-of-state funds and individuals to invest in Maine businesses. There is no question that Maine companies benefit from...

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Falling In Love Can Be Costly

A personal and hard-earned lesson in business from MVF Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Des Fitzgerald. There is validity to the notion that starting one’s first business with a failure sets a person up for a more sensible view on decision making down the road....

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A Match Made in Maine

A Match Made in Maine A common theme among growing Maine companies is the difficulty in finding, attracting, and hiring talented employees.  Some MVF portfolio companies resort to hiring out-of-state remote workers, and have even opened offices in Boston...

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What do national VC trends mean for Maine?

Money Tree recently published its fourth-quarter 2017 report showing a continuing trend of venture capital increasingly flowing to more mature companies. Conversely, initial “seed deals” — the most frequent type of investment in Maine — have declined to an...

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Building connections with Boston-area investors

Last Month MVF, as an affiliate member of the Angel Capital Association, joined ten other New England-based angel investor groups at a New England regional event in Boston. Ten companies, one of which was nominated by MVF, were invited to attend, network,...

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