Category Archives: Start-Up News

President Releases Bee Preservation Plan

On Monday, President Obama announced the initiation of a new plan to rejuvenate the nation’s bee population. This past winter has been especially hard on the nation’s bee population with a loss of more than 30 percent of colonies. Theses bees and other pollinators are essential to the health of the country’s agriculture. The plan calls for adding wildflower habitat on over seven million acres across the central United States. Moreover, the Environmental Protection Agency will re-evaluate a class of insecticides called neonicotinoid used widely on most of America’s bean and corn crop. It is believed that these insecticides cause damage to the bee’s nervous system and result in them abandoning their hives. The White House strategy aims to reduce honeybee colony losses during the winter to no more than 15 percent within 10 years.

The release of the plan has drawn some criticism from activists and even a few involved in the marketing business. While generally welcoming the attention focused on the problem, some in the environmental community are disappointed that the administration is not doing more. Many environmentalists say restoring bee habitat is a good start, but criticize the Obama administration for not taking executive action to limit the use of neonicotinoids. Peter Lehner of the NRDC argued that “to truly save bees and other pollinators, we must drastically cut down on today’s pervasive use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides.” The Environmental Protection Agency announced last month that it is not likely to approve new uses of neonicotinoids, but the administration’s plan did not call for restrictions on current uses.

Sultan Alhokair Looks to Improve the Chances of Companies Finding Seed Funds

Funding a new company is something that can be hard to do and can often require the developers of a new product or service to go to established companies with a long history of providing funding at the seed-stage of development. One of these companies is Valia Investments, whose Sultan Alhokair is looking to help as many companies as possible find the seed funding that can mean the difference between the success and failure of a company. Alhokair believes a large amount of the success and failure of specific companies is based upon the work and research the company does before looking to find a large amount of funding to develop their service or product.

Sultan Alhokair believes there are four specific areas of looking for seed funding that can assist an individual developer in becoming more successful in their search for funds during the initial stages of development. The first and most important aspect of research that should be completed by a start-up company looking for seed funding is understanding how investors will get their money back from the product or service. Many companies have been made wary of investing in products and services without a simple way of understanding how their investment will be returned following the dot com bubble bursting in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Once a company can show their potential investors how they will get a return of their funding, Sultan Alhokair believes a compelling story about the development of the product or service can add an extra layer of passion and commitment. By making investors aware of how passionate a developer is they can add a sense of security to potential investors. Although this is the area many do not enjoy completing the knowledge of the market being entered and large amounts of market research about the potential popularity of a product can make all the difference to the level of seed funding achieved. Finally, working out how an investor will exit the project if it does not work out to plan is an important part of any seed funding discussion. Knowing that some funding will be returned is important to an investor who knows there is always the risk of a project failing. To get some more background on Sultan Alhokair check out his YouTube and Vimeo pages.