Thank you for your interest in the Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service (Mizzou VMS).
Mizzou VMS is open to all members of the MU community - students, faculty,
staff, alumni, licensees of the MU Office of Technology Management and
Industry Relations (OTMIR) and clients of the Missouri Innovation Center
(MIC) or of the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who
have ideas and want to start new businesses or expand current ventures.
If you meet these qualifications please complete all sections of this
information form and submit it Mizzou VMS. This form must be provided
prior to scheduling an initial introductory session.
Venture Mailing Address
Section 2 - Who is the team?
Please list only the founders and key members of the team.
List primary contact first
Add another venture principal
Section 4 - Business Idea/Description
To help us best serve you, please answer a few questions about your venture.
Don’t worry about developing your responses formally like you would in a
business plan. No deep details or financials are needed – just tell us what
you think and envision at this point. Use everyday language as if you were
explaining these things to your friends or family.
Please provide a succinct one-sentence description of what you do.
Example: Something like “we create and sell game software for consumers".
“We are the X for Y” can work very well here – example: YouTube’s concept
statement was “Flickr for video”.
In a few sentences, please describe what problem you are solving.
Example: The amount of junk mail in everyone's email inbox is growing
despite attempts to fight it. You can't be sure who sent you the mail.
In addition to wasting time and being annoying, this poses threats to
security, spreads viruses and clogs up networks.
In one or two sentences, describe who has this problem.
Example: This is costly for everyone in the chain: end users, IT departments and ISPs.
In a few sentences and in completely NON-TECHNICAL terms, please describe
how you expect to solve it.
Example: We have software that guarantees that the sender is who they
claim. This can be implemented at ISPs and enterprises, allowing the
entire chain to validate every email's origin and discard invalid
messages before they travel further.
In a few sentences, describe who will use it, who will pay you and how
you envision selling to them. Again, you do not need to provide
in-depth financial details.
Example: We will sell our software and services directly to the ISPs,
web mail providers like Google and Microsoft, and F1000 companies through
direct sales. We will provide a free add-on for email clients like Outlook
so end users can easily adopt it.
In a few sentences, describe what is special about your solution and product.
Example: Breakthrough identification algorithm that can be inserted into
the backbone system at a switch level. Based on cutting-edge research
developed under government grants by the founders as MU researchers.
In a few sentences describe the IP status.
8. What is your current status?
It’s just fine to be very early in the process, even at the idea stage.
(Please check one)
9. What type(s) of VMS help do you think your startup needs?
(please check all that apply)
If there is anything else we should know about your venture, please let
us know here. Also, please let us know if there are critical immediate issues.
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