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21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Competition Update


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Here is an update on the 21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition.

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21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Competition Update

  1. 1. 21 st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition Update 21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  2. 2. 21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition Timeline 6/4/2008
  3. 3. 2008 Business Plan Competition <ul><li>$30 million Commercialization Business Plan Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Investments (Loan or Convertible Note) in state’s four competitive edge technology sectors : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Automotive, Manufacturing and Materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative Energy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homeland Security and Defense Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Near term job creation in Michigan—5 years or less </li></ul><ul><li>Results from an independent peer review in the form of numerical scores and recommendations to the SEIC Board for the most promising proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals ranked on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commercialization Merit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel Expertise </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to Leverage Additional Funds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific and Technical Merit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  4. 4. Application <ul><li>Project Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Sector, Keywords, Commercialization Stage, Years in Operation, Annual Revenue, Existing Jobs, Projected Jobs, and other state awards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abstract (3,000 characters Executive Summary) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborators (Financial and Research, Individuals or Organizations) </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Support – from each Collaborator </li></ul><ul><li>Budget – Based on Use of Funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,000 character Justification box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Break out: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job types </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salaries from benefits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>W-2 and 1099 employees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Other Expenses’ </li></ul></ul></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition 6/4/2008
  5. 5. Application <ul><li>Additional Required Attachments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous 3 year financials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy on conflict of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YTD actual vs budget financials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Biographical Information – max 1,500 characters each </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All individuals associated with project including management team, collaborators, advisors, investors & Board members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education/Training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise Summary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflict of Interest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refers to SEIC and MSF Board members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>25 page business plan </li></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition 6/4/2008
  6. 6. Matching Funds <ul><li>The source of the matching money has performed financial due diligence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>specific financial contribution committed to, or available for, the direct support of the proposed plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preference will be given for matching money: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed at the time of application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicants may submit a letter of intent as an indication of an anticipated match </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously committed funds cannot have been expended at time of the award </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ideally, matching money will be equal to or greater than the money requested in the application </li></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 2008 Business Plan Competition 6/4/2008
  7. 7. Matching Funds Required <ul><li>Preference will be given if the source of the matching money is capable of adding value to the applicant beyond the financial match itself and/or follow on funding </li></ul><ul><li>The following are not eligible to satisfy the matching requirement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Value-add research collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-kind contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinvested revenues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other state programs or funds </li></ul></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  8. 8. Matching Funds Required <ul><li>Q. What qualifies as a financial match? </li></ul><ul><li>A. The MEDC will not be providing guidance on the specific types of funding that would qualify as a match. Each organization’s matching funds will be evaluated on an individual basis by the independent peer review experts as part of their review. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. Can you confirm that venture capital investments are the preference for matching funding? </li></ul><ul><li>A. No. The objective of this Competition is to create or expand viable, sustainable Michigan business opportunities in competitive edge technologies with near term job creation; the match requirement is a component of achieving that objective. Applications will be evaluated as a whole by the independent peer review experts. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. If a for-profit company intends to invest with the State of Michigan without going to additional 3rd Party investors, is this sufficient? Is using the company’s internal funds supplemented by the State of Michigan considered “reinvested revenues,” which are explicitly not allowed? </li></ul><ul><li>A. A company’s internal funds are considered “reinvested revenues” for purposes of meeting the matching funds requirement. If a company’s only source of funding is its own reinvested revenues supplemented by the State of Michigan, the matching funds requirement has not been met. </li></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  9. 9. 2008 Business Plan Competition <ul><li>Awards will be structured as loans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple loans or Convertible Debt – Which, is negotiated between the SEIC Board and the applicant. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All loan agreements will be secured instruments. The SEIC Board will, at a minimum, have a first priority security interest with any assets purchased with 21st Century Jobs Fund proceeds. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boilerplate language will be distributed to applicants upon SEIC Board approval </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q. How will funds be disbursed to the awardees? </li></ul><ul><li>Funds will be disbursed in tranches upon completion of milestones. Awardees may also be allowed an initial draw upon execution of the loan agreement. The specific disbursement schedule is negotiated between the SEIC Board and the awardee. Milestones must be related to these objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Development – Technical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercialization – Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Objectives </li></ul></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  10. 10. 2008 Business Plan Competition Q. What constitutes an indirect job? How are indirect jobs calculated? A. Indirect jobs are jobs outside of the applicant organization that are the result of activity anticipated to be generated by the company. This may include, but is not limited to, vendors, subcontractors, or customers who may have added personnel to support the awarded company activities. There is no formula or exact calculation of this number, nor will it officially be counted as ‘job creation’; it is a soft number that can be considered an additional element to be evaluated by the peer review panels to judge the competitiveness of the company's proposal. If the applicant wishes to have the concept of indirect jobs considered as part of the proposal, then the business plan must include a reasonable estimate and justification of the number of jobs outside of the applicant organization that may potentially be created to support the proposed commercialization efforts. 21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  11. 11. 2008 Business Plan Competition <ul><li>Q. Will I have to disclose the details of my proposed technology to any party other than the MEDC? </li></ul><ul><li>The details of the proposed technology will be disclosed to the MEDC, the SEIC Board, and the Independent Peer Review Agency in order to evaluate the proposal. Except as otherwise provided in the RFP, all information in an applicant’s proposal is subject to disclosure under Public Act No. 442 of 1976, known as the “Freedom of Information Act”. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. For what type of information may confidentiality be requested? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Applicants may request confidential treatment for “financial or proprietary information,” which is defined as “information that has not been publicly disseminated or which is unavailable from other sources, the release of which might cause competitive harm”. </li></ul><ul><li>Unless considered proprietary in nature, routine financial information cannot be acknowledged as confidential. </li></ul>21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  12. 12. Websites   (The home portal for the entire business plan competition.) (For information on business support / assistance organizations.) (Email questions by 2 p. m. June 25) (Blog with updates and commentary)   21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  13. 13. Panelists David Haviland Shepherd Advisors [email_address]   Phil Tepley MI Small Business Technology Development Center [email_address] LeAnn Auer Michigan Venture Capital Association [email_address] Skip Simms Ann Arbor SPARK [email_address]   21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008
  14. 14. Discussion 21st Century Jobs Fund 6/4/2008