1. 21CJF Survey

Hello. Thanks for visiting the 2008 21CJF Applicant Survey. I'm hoping to provide applicants (you) with information about the applicant pool, since writing a 25-page business plan and getting investment is no small commitment for many companies, and if I were thinking about applying, I'd want to have some sense of the competition I was up against.

My only intention for this information is to aggregate it and then provide that aggregated compilation back to the people that participated, so that you can have some sense of what the total applicant "market" looks like. (I may also provide a simplified version to MEDC and the SEIC Board, since it might be useful as they plan the peer review.) But the information is just for aggregating and providing to participants, and the email addresses are just to send you the results.

Also, I have every intention of keeping the information completely confidential. I'll make my best efforts to keep it confidential, and I have no idea how it could become exposed, but lots of people are much smarter than me at cracking technology, and so I can't make any kind of guarantee. I hope that's good enough for you to participate, but if not, I understand.

Finally, after you get the results, please let me know if you have found this useful and/or if you have ideas to improve the survey for next time.

Thanks. -- Dave Haviland

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* 1. What technology sector is your business in?

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* 2. How much funding will your application involve, and (approximately) how many direct jobs do you expect to create?

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* 3. What is the source of your match funding? (Choose all that apply.)

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* 4. What is the level of commitment of your matching funds?

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* 5. How experienced are you at applying for this type of (government, economic development, and/or commercialization) funding?

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* 6. How much experience does your management team have with growth ventures (at companies smaller than $50MM in revenue)?

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* 7. What is your level of experience and skill in writing business plans?

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* 8. What (approximate) revenues does your business have?

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* 9. What is the likelihood that you will put in a proposal for this competition?

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* 10. So that I can make sure that only legitimate applicants are answering this survey, please provide your ID information. If you would like a copy of the results of the survey emailed to you, please provide your email address. If you have questions, please contact me at dave@shepherdadvisors.com.

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