Dorm Room Fund Grows at Cornell

Have you ever felt like the world of startup investment is unreachable outside your weekly episode of Shark Tank? Mike Annunziata, a student at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, hopes to change that. Annunziata is Cornell’s new partner for Dorm Room Fund: a student venture fund backed by First Round Capital. Click below for more:

Finding Funding

Money. Many people would argue it makes the world go ‘round. In a more practical sense, money is essential to entrepreneurship. A lot of great entrepreneurs say that they’re driven more by helping people through their product than they are by money; however, even those entrepreneurs would likely concede that they wouldn’t be able to have as big of an impact as they do without a little bit of capital to help them along the way. For these reasons and more, knowing where funding will come from is a key question that every entrepreneur has to answer.

The Importance of Investment

In 2014, the number of new enterprises joining the United States economy skyrocketed by roughly 11% relative to the previous year. In other words, approximately 569,000 aspiring entrepreneurs had their “ah-ha” business moment in 2014.

While this dramatic increase reveals promising signs for the U.S. economy, it triggers a quintessential problem posed by the scarcity of resources that all of these entrepreneurs will face. Simply put, if there is a fixed quantity of money to be supplied by investors to help grow your business, how can you secure funding with so many new businesses creating more competition?

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