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Dreamit Founders in Forbes 30 Under 30

Dreamit Founders in Forbes 30 Under 30

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate the many Dreamit founders who found themselves on the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists in the health and science categories. Forbes chose them for being some of the "brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers" in their industries. We can attest to that, and we're tremendously proud of the accomplishments of these founders. 

Health Tech News Roundup

Health Tech News Roundup

What we're reading in health tech news for the first week of January. What we're reading in health tech news for the week starting of January 2-6. 

Dreamit Startup Voiceitt Receives Prestigious BIRD Grant

Dreamit Startup Voiceitt Receives Prestigious BIRD Grant

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approved $7.2 million in funding for eight new projects in the areas of agrotechnology, biotechnology, material sciences, homeland security, and more. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $17 million.

Dreamit Alum Callida Energy named $80,000 winner of 2016 NextChallenge: Smart Cities

Dreamit Alum Callida Energy named $80,000 winner of 2016 NextChallenge: Smart Cities

NextEnergy, in partnership with DENSO International AmericaDTE Energy and Wells Fargo, has named Callida Energy (Dreamit 2013) as the winner of the 2016 NextChallenge: Smart Cities technology challenge, a global competition challenging innovators to find hardware and software technology solutions to address unmet needs in urban areas. Callida Energy will receive $80,000 in grant funding from Wells Fargo to demonstrate and validate their solution.

Choosing a ‘Top-Down’ vs. ‘Bottom-Up’ Approach in Edtech Sales

Choosing a ‘Top-Down’ vs. ‘Bottom-Up’ Approach in Edtech Sales

Selling to schools is one of the hardest parts of building an edtech company. It is critical to have a well thought-out, go-to-market strategy in place to demonstrate the value of your edtech product. This means analyzing the classic 4 P’s of Marketing: place, price, product, and promotion. In some industries, these marketing functions can be separated from sales functions. In edtech, that is impossible.

Keeping Your Startup Team Motivated

Keeping Your Startup Team Motivated

One of the most important roles for a founder is keeping employees engaged. Study after study shows that engaged workforces outperform their competition. But every company is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to optimize for engagement. As a founder, you’ll have to craft a bespoke approach, but here are some methods that have proved to work for our portfolio companies AND for other startups. 

EdTech News Roundup

EdTech News Roundup

Our news roundup for the week of December 12-16. Read for the latest and most in depth stories in education technology compiled by the Dreamit team.

Health Tech News Roundup

Health Tech News Roundup

Check out the latest news and funding announcements in health tech for the week of Dec. 12-16 curated by the Dreamit team.

Creating Strong Community within Your Startup

Creating Strong Community within Your Startup

Engagement is a huge problem in the American workforce. In 2015, Gallup found that 50.8% of employees were not engaged and almost 18% were actively disengaged. Big firms experience this problem more acutely than startups, but founders often see the disparity between their level of excitement and their employees as well. Learn how to keep employees engaged by building a community within your startup. 

EdTech News Roundup

EdTech News Roundup

Part-time piecemeal work is replacing internships in some cases. Udacity just launched a program to help graduates from its programs find short term work from potential employers. Read More

This op ed in EdSurge encourages teachers to collect student impact data on edtech products to stop the problem of gimmicks in education products. Read More

How to Build Your Sales Pipeline

How to Build Your Sales Pipeline

As a founder, one of the most important things you must worry about is your sales pipeline. These are the people who will buy your products and inevitably build your brand. It’s up to you to build a solid pipeline that continues to flow freely for many years to come. Here’s a guide to doing just that. 

Health Tech News Roundup

Health Tech News Roundup

Where does healthcare go from here? The POLITICO podcast looks at what an Obamacare repeal could look like.

Telehealth is shifting toward provider driven models as consumers do not respond to payer-driven models. Health systems are making a bigger attempt to reach customers when they are actually looking for information, i.e. when they are searching online. This makes intuitive sense. Payers are the last place consumers want to go when finding information. 

10 Steps to Building Better Partnerships in Health Tech

10 Steps to Building Better Partnerships in Health Tech

Partnerships usually entail a long term purchasing agreement. Goals tend to be mutually beneficial to both parties. And the parties in partnerships work toward a common purpose. For a successful partnership, it’s crucial that this technology complements the technology that is already in place at the larger organization and makes the product better because of it. 

EdTech News Roundup

EdTech News Roundup

The latest news and articles focused on education technology. 

Resources for Keeping Up with the Latest in EdTech

Resources for Keeping Up with the Latest in EdTech

We spoke with Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform during a recent #Get2A webinar event.  During the course of our conversation, the panelists referenced a number of important ways to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in education reform and edtech. 

New Data on the "Series A Crunch"

New Data on the "Series A Crunch"

What is the Series A Crunch?

The Series A Crunch  is a well documented phenomenon in venture capital.  With the rise of micro VC firms and the growing popularity of sites like Angel List and FundersClub, it became relatively easy for startups to raise seed capital. However, there was no concomitant increase in funding options at the Series A stage. Lean financing documents at the seed stage offered a shorter runway, and the consolidation of large venture funds forced investors to look to larger investments at the Series A stage. The Series A Crunch  is a well documented phenomenon in venture capital.  With the rise of micro VC firms and the growing popularity of sites like Angel List and FundersClub, it became relatively easy for startups to raise seed capital. However, there was no concomitant increase in funding options at the Series A stage. Lean financing documents at the seed stage offered a shorter runway, and the consolidation of large venture funds forced investors to look to larger investments at the Series A stage.