PayPal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. 

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles.  Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

Bootstrapping and Fundraising

Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester

What are the various ways to capitalize your company in the very beginning? How do you ask friends and family for money to support you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of bootstrapping? What do local angel investors require before making an investment? How do you develop a target list of appropriate angel investors? What materials are required to raise angel investment? What milestones should you look to achieve next? How do you set your six month and twelve month objectives in the very beginning? How should you think about selling the business or exiting the business?

Capitalize the business.
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Kelly Fitzsimmons
Co-Founder, HarQen & the Hypervoice Consortium

Kelly Fitzsimmons is the co-founder and director of HarQen, named one of Gartner’s 2013 Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, and co-founder of the Hypervoice Consortium. Prior to HarQen, Kelly founded and led a series of startups in the information security space, inc...

Neil Kane
Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services

Neil Kane is the president and founder of Illinois Partners Executive Services, LLC, a firm which advises entrepreneurs and investors on technology commercialization. Most recently he was the CEO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2003 by l...

Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Desiree Vargas Wrigley - CEO, GiveForward (Chicago FI), GiveForward

Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the CEO and Co-Founder of, the world’s only crowdfunding website dedicated to fundraising for medical expenses. Since launching in 2008, GiveForward has helped families raise more than $100MM for things like travel to treatment...

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