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Structured Exits: A Potential New Source of Funding for Life Science Startups A Guest Post by Leslie Mitts

Structured exits are an important funding structure for new ventures. Rather than relying solely on the upside from an exit, structured exits can rely on the venture’s anticipated cash flow, or percentage of milestone payments, to repay the investor. For investors, they can offer reduced risk with the possibility of an upside; for ventures, they provide a new source of growth capital and less dilution. For life-sciences companies caught in the “death valley” between seed grants and venture capital eligibility, structured exits - carefully adapted and applied - can be a new alternative or complement to bridge loans, incubators, strategic investors, and non-dilutive funding from government sources. Read more in a guest post by Leslie Mitts, featuring Att. David Gitlin, on the CIV website.

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What Impact Can an Investor Have on a New Venture?

According to Prof. Elisa Alvarez-Garrido from Georgia State University, even ventures who know a lot about where they’re heading can still benefit much from investors. “They also need a lot of help with other things. Corporate Venture Capitalists do not only lend them the money but also help them figure out the issues about their regulation, for instance.” Prof. Alvarez-Garrido …

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