AFI Partners Curt Nelson and Eric de Valpine discuss the "Fundraising Readiness Assessment", AFI's online tool for understanding gaps in an entrepreneur's ability to effectively raise money.
Free New Online Tool helps Local Sustainable Food Companies Assess their Readiness to Raise Outside Capital
AFI released a short video today describing their new tool "Fundraising Readiness Assessment", which helps entrepreneurs thinking about raising capital understand the process, players, and requirements of fundraising.
The tool, which is free and open to the public, can be accessed in the Raise Resources section of AFI's website, at http://www.austinfoodshedinvestors.org/raise-resources.html or directly at Fundraising Readiness Assessment.
AFI's Fundraising Readiness Assessment asks:
"After seeing hundreds of deals, in various states of "investor-readiness", we decided to create a free online self-service tool so that any company, anywhere, could analyze their fundraising gaps," said AFI Partner Curt Nelson. "And, for entrepreneurs that decide to work with us, the tool, along with our other tools, really helps create an actionable workplan that the founders can use to confidently progress toward raising money."
Good news on the education front - more universities are offering food-related courses and degree programs, such as the Master of Science in Food Systems and Society program at Marylhurst College in Portland, OR. More than 7 community colleges, four-year-colleges and universities now have specific degree programs for sustainable agriculture or food systems. Click here to read more.
Early bird tickets are still available for the 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Innovation and the Rise of Local Food at UC San Diego. The conference will "explore solutions and methodologies that small farmers and entrepreneurs are embracing to grow more sustainably, improve access to fresh and healthy local food and manage resources more efficiently against the dueling backdrop of a lingering drought and burgeoning local food marketplace."
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 - USDA is making $18 million available to assist in the education and development of the next generation of farmers.The funds are provided through the 2014 farm bill under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and will be administered by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)."
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