7.5 Easy Steps for Raising $15,000 for New Urban Planning Technology

Today, I’ll be presenting 7.5 Easy Steps for Raising $15,000 from Investors
For Your New Urban Planning Technology
at the MIT Planning and Technology Conference. Below are slides from the presentation and the video on YouTube. The slides are hard to see on the video, so you might want to watch the video while clicking through the slides. Also, if you scroll down, you’ll get recommended resources that will help you successfully complete every step as you seek funding for your new urban planning technology idea.

Step 1. Find a Problem that People will Pay you To Solve

Step 2. Listen to Potential Customers

Step 3. Build v1.0 In Your Garage at Nights & Weekends

Step 4. Launch 1.0 and Collect Data

And if nothing happens after you launch, you’ll need to do some marketing.

Step 5. Find a nerd

  • Meetup.com – Start attending nerdy meet ups in your area. Suggestions include any Ruby or Rails Meet Ups, Python Meet Ups or Java Meet Ups.
  • Specifically, google  Co-founders Wanted Meet Up in your area.

Step 6. Talk to Investors: Friend & Family, Angel Investors & Seed Incubators

Step 7. Apply, Apply, Apply

Step 7.5 Cash Your Check

  • At Cubit, we spent 100% of our seed money on either: 1. product development or 2. technology services that we needed to go from version 1.0 to version 2.0. But you may need to use some of that money to pay yourself or your partner’s bills before your company is profitable. Budget accordingly.

Do you have any questions for me about how to complete a step in raising money to fund your new urban planning technology idea? Any other helpful resources that I should have included on this list? Let me know in the comments.

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