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Emergent Growth Fund
In 2003, twenty individuals composed of entrepreneurs, business professionals, and investors in the Gainesville and Ocala regions came together with a purpose of creating an organization that engages in high-risk, high-return investments. In cooperation with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the University of Florida's Office of Technology Licensing and the University of Florida Foundation, the initial group pooled in more members and established a group that is now known as the Emergent Growth Fund. The first round of membership application produced over fifty member investors, while the second round has come up with about sixty member investors. Currently, membership to the Emergent Growth Fund is closed. Those who are interested to become member investors should send an application via electronic mail. These applications will be considered for the next round of membership application.

Emergent Growth Fund has a total amount of $2.5 million fund capital available. Although they invest directly from the fund, member investors can also invest individually on prospective companies. Thus, their fund capital can still extend up to $5 to $7 million. The group makes an average investment on a prospective company ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. The amount of investment can even reach up to $1 million, considering additional investments from individual members.

The Emergent Growth Fund prefers to be the first outside investor on a prospective company and can also invest together with other angel investment groups or venture capital firms. They consider various characteristics on investment qualifications. First of which, a candidate company should have a significant technological edge and an exclusive product or design. It should also have a national or international market potential and has a technology or product that creates a positive market effect and is wanted by the market. The company should also have an owner and a management team that are strong, experienced and passionate in working towards achieving market leadership. It should also provide a viable exit strategy that is attainable in a maximum of five years. The company should also share the same values with the group and should be open to the guidance and mentoring of the group. The investment group also focuses on companies or technologies within the Gainesville and Ocala region and those that are brought in by the University of Florida, although this is not exclusive and applications coming from other origins are still given consideration.

Applications for funding should be submitted, together with an executive summary, directly to the Emergent Growth Fund by accomplishing an initial review form available on the group's website. The executive summary should not be more than fifteen pages and should not have more than one megabyte file size. All applications are reviewed and evaluated by a committee. Any company that would be of interest to the investment group will be requested for a complete copy of their business plan. After further review, the company shall then be requested for a formal business presentation to the entire group. After the presentation, the member investors will discuss and perform further evaluations, from which the final investment decision shall arise.

Emergent Growth Fund Website

The Emergent Growth Fund website gives thorough information and details about the investment group. The welcome page, which is also the home page, provides a background of the group, their operations, mission and values and their contribution to the local community. It shows how the the organization works not just for advancement and benefits for themselves, but also for the development and progress of the whole region as well. In another page, a short history is also provided. The members of the executive management is also enumerated in one of the pages in the website, as well as other management details.

Entrepreneurs will find the necessary information they need to be able to apply for funding on a page specifically for that purpose. The investment criteria and process of application is clearly explained. An online application form is also provided for a faster way of submitting applications. There is also a table of contents for an executive summary, which serves as a pattern for funding applicants. It enumerates the necessary details that an executive summary should contain. For applicants who are not familiar with mentoring programs of investment groups, there is a page in the website that explains the mentoring program of the Emergent Growth Fund.

Members of the Emergent Growth Fund can access a database of information, by logging on to the members page using a username and password. This can be utilized by the members for evaluating prospective companies and other investment opportunities. To have an idea about the kind of companies that the group have funded, there is a list that can be viewed on the portfolio companies page. It also provides a short description about the nature of the company and a link to their company website.

There is also a page where the latest news about The Emergent Growth Fund are posted. A resource page is provided as well, which contains links to various websites that are very useful for entrepreneurs or for those who are interested in the investment business. These are websites of companies or organizations in the local area that are business oriented. A contact page is also available. It provides the electronic addresses, postal address and telephone number of the group. It also has a link to the initial review form for submission of funding applications.

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