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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary

Submitted by on October 10, 2017 – 11:26 amNo Comment

by Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process development. In retrospect, the most striking aspect of the articles is the diversity of talent, experience and approaches exhibited by the authors as they addressed the variety of requirements in the project development and funding processes.

What We Learned

The articles in the series taught us:

Each article is also available via Lee Enterprises Consulting’s website, here.

Lee Enterprises Consulting has extensive experience dealing with entrepreneurs and other project developers looking for financing. The majority are ill prepared and are largely naïve of the daunting process of venture capitalists, angel investors and other professional financing mechanisms. When informed of such deficiencies, entrepreneurs can become angry of our lack of understanding of the “great commercial potential” of their technology/process. However, even with a biofuel or biochemical with “great commercial potential,” professional preparatory work is necessary to have any chance to attract the funding to achieve their goals. While project developers routinely use engineers and other experts on technology development and plant design, they are often reluctant to provide the necessary resources to attract the equally important financing. The above articles provide a guideline of the due diligence process that is common in the financial community.

The skills, experience and aptitude required for treating the various steps for obtaining project financing differ greatly, ranging from macro-level economic and strategic analysis to hands-on process and materials planning and management. These distinct professions must be coordinated and integrated to ensure success of unique projects, and hence their funding. We are fortunate at Lee Enterprises Consulting to have the breadth of talent in our network and the flexible management structure to tailor teams to meet those needs; to apply the talent where and when needed.   READ MORE

Other articles in the Financing Bioeconomy Ventures series

The Series

The Pro Forma
The Business Plan
Competitive & Strategic Analysis
IP & Patent Analysis
Pilot Plant Assessment & Data Evaluation
Front-End Engineering Design & Loading Evaluation
Planning Startup & Operations
Site Selection – Risk Analysis for Biomass Feedstock Acquisition
Regulatory & Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection

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