Mousetrap #194 Apply: FinTech Inno’ Hub + The David Prize $200K to Improve NYC
Posted on November 26, 2021
For certain sectors of society these are incredibly exciting times. New industries are being born, Web3, DeFi, Blockchain, the Metaverse are the buzzwords du jour. But these are also times of immense social, economic, and public health upheavals. And no one can be reduced to representing a sector.
Let’s mourn our losses, be kind to others who are experiencing loss but hold onto hope and practice gratitude. Gratitude is a muscle that develops with exercise. Keep family and friends close. Happy Thanksgiving.
The David Prize is a celebration of individuals and ideas to create a better, brighter New York City. Open to any individual working in the five boroughs, the Prize welcomes those with the grit and vision to change our communities, our culture and our future for good. Apply by Dec 21
The New York Fashion Tech Lab’s 2022 Applications are NOW OPEN.
The Lab focuses on women-led, b2b, fashion and retail tech startups.
Details here: or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Apply by December 30.
Events of Note
Retail X Series: B2B Retail Tech Sales December 2, 2021 at 1pm ETFireside Chat with Zabe Agha, Founder of MetricalTopics:
How to target your early customers
How to sign the critical first pilot customer
How to convert a pilot into a contract
Pricing models for B2B companies
Building and managing the sales pipeline
Growth hacking strategies for retail tech and B2B companies
I’m excited to be partnering with Descript. After using it for a few months I’m a total convert. There’s nothing simpler, faster or more intuitive for editing podcasts than Descript. You get a great sounding podcast that takes care of the technical and tedious parts. I’ll name just one feature that blew my mind – automated filler word removal. It’s like, um, a massive time saver. Give it a try.
Free NYC Gym Membership Free Stress Relief Do this for yourself and everyone who loves you. Join an NYC Recreation Center for free, nada, bupkis Offer good until Dec. 31 This is an amazing deal.
SLP (Startup Leadership Program) is a 6 month, remote, not-for-profit, no-equity “accelerator for the founder” focused on developing early-stage entrepreneurs. Learn the key fundamentals of building and growing your startup from some of the most prominent people in the NYC startup ecosystem.
Fast-tracked interview for Aves Lair’s incubator, accelerator, or VC program. (Varies bystage of the company)
Feedback from Mentors and VC’s in Aves Lair’s ecosystem
Social media & Newsleterr exposure
Featured on Aves Lair’s investor mailing list
$4,000 Growth Grants from the National Association for the Self Employed These grants of up to $4k can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs. (Membership in the org is required) Learn more
DIY Venture Fund: if you are considering creating an investment fund then you’ll find the legal costs can be incredibly steep. Help is on the way in the form of a starter template that reportedly gets you at least halfway through the process before you need expert legal help. Read this TechCruch piece and follow the link there.
Lolita Taub’s, (Twitter: @lolitataub) Asking for a Founder’ threads on twitter are a great source of practical, actionable knowledge for founders. Here’s a bot that helps you search those posts by topic
NEW ‘Math Meets Bio’ Columbia-AlleyCorp Collaboration(APPLY HERE)
Apply by Nov 22nd
Areas of Interest:Technologies at the intersection of mathematics and biology, including but not limited to: Computational Biology, Enabling Technologies for Drug Discovery, Tools and Algorithms to Support Advancement of Precision Medicine, Operational Tools to Support R&D Infrastructure
Benefits: Projects selected by AlleyCorp receive funding, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, curriculum, and a community of practice. AlleyCorp to provide a minimum commitment of$50,000 in direct funding, plus applicable indirect costs, where applicants should submit a reasonable budget to meet proof-of-concept milestones.
Eligibility: At least one team member must have a full-time faculty appointment at a Math Meets Bio member institution, and the project must be based substantially upon intellectual property owned by the faculty member’s institution.
Current Math Meets Bio Alliance Members: Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center
Cornell Tech Launches $150K Start-up Competition with Google & Tech:NYCthe “NYC Recovery Challenge.” The challenge will bring together startup entrepreneurs from across the five boroughs to pitch tech solutions for New York’s recovery to a panel of business, economic, and policy experts with the chance of winning cash prizes, technical mentorship, and more.
New York State’s new $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund provides grants of up to $4 million to startups and academic research projects to help accelerate the development and commercialization of life science research to address serious infectious disease threats, including COVID-19 and its variants.
Companies developing promising diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and other innovations to prevent, treat or mitigate serious infectious disease threats may apply for grants of up to $4 million. NY’s academic research institutions may apply for grants of up to $500,000 to help fast track advanced intellectual property nearing a commercial phase and university exit. Apply or learn more here or email BiodefenseFund@esd.ny.gov Apply by Nov. 22, 2021
No Code Tools For most founders there’s probably no need to build an MVP from scratch. It makes sense to use a no code tool to determine if there’s any there there. But which one? For guidance I go to that master teacher, YouTube.
Free Python + Solidity Course Blockchain isn’t just for investing – you can use these distributed database tools to automate tasks as well. That’s where Smart Contracts come in. This Python course will show you how to use Solidity to code your own Smart Contracts right onto the Ethereum blockchain. (16 hour YouTube course)
Closed Loop Ventures is actively investing! Contact: Rene Paula, email@example.com
Closed Loop Ventures led by my Danielle Joseph, Hannah Friedman and René Paula is actively investing. We are early stage impact investors seeking innovative technologies and business models that are accelerating the circular economy. We look to invest in companies across the sectors of plastics & packaging, food & agriculture, apparel & beauty as well as supply chain logistics & technology. Our stages are Pre-Seed and Seed (with follow-ons through Series A) and our initial checks range from $100k to $1 million at post-money valuations less than $10mm. We lead and co-invest. Apply here: https://www.closedlooppartners.com/funds/apply-for-funding/closed-loop-venture-fund/
As always, be sure to contact only those investors where there’s an obvious fit with your company. Don’t waste the most valuable resource in life – time.
NEW SoGal Startup Grants for Black Female Founders $5 – $10K + lifetime “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams. Rolling acceptances Learn more & apply
Jane Walker | IFundWomen will be funding a total of 30 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Businesses will be selected across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, STEM, Journalism and Hospitality industries to receive a $10K grant plus a one-year Annual Coaching Membership on IFundWomen.Learn more & apply
We Venture | NYCEDCis a $30 million public-private partnership to connect New York City-based, women and minority-founded technology startup companies with the venture capital they need to grow and thrive.
Please note that I give priority to underrepresented candidates. While I encourage everyone to let me know what they are looking for, the dominant use of both my time and social capital is creating a more equitable workplace and that applies here as well. OpenVCOpenVC is an open resource (think Wikipedia) where VCs can claim their investment thesis. By doing so, VCs receive less spam from clueless founders. They also drive highly-qualified deal flow. In return, it makes life easier for founders (yes, it matters).
Aves Lair is a seed-stage accelerator based in NYC. Every 6 months, we invest $100k in each company that is ready to take on our program. Our 12 week plan of action offers a hyperconnected platform that develops innovative solutions utilizing our network of global industry and academic leaders in AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Data Analytics (A.B.C.D). Rolling admissions Learn more and apply
Closed Loop Ventures is an early stage impact investor seeking innovative technologies and business models that are accelerating the circular economy. We look to invest in companies across the sectors of plastics & packaging, food & agriculture, apparel & beauty as well as supply chain logistics & technology. Initial checks range from $100k to $1 million at post-money valuations less than $10mm. We lead and co-invest. Apply here