Development vs. Mentor focus
Our focus isn’t centered exclusively on advice. Catalyst Technology Ventures is about tangible product development and business services. We offer a dedicated mentor for each company, as well as one-on-one lunches with successful business minds. Unlike mentor-driven programs, mentoring is just one of the many services we provide to get you where you want to be.
Many seed-stage companies employ the ‘spray and pray’ method — investing in 20-60 different companies and hoping a handful survive. While our projections include a failure rate, our operations don’t. We pride ourselves on being choosy and thereby more invested in each company’s success.
We tend to have a stronger focus on revenue than other seed-stage firms. Many firms advise startups not to worry about the initial profit. In their model, companies often are expected to find additional funding or risk failure. Catalyst Technology Ventures focuses on getting companies ‘Revenue Ready’ — a clear revenue model is both selection criteria and goal. If a startup seeks additional funding for marketing or product enhancement, it will be to grow, not simply to survive.
Midwest Location and Mindset
Catalyst Technology Ventures is one of the premier Midwestern companies of its kind. We do welcome entrepreneurs from all over the country, but the Midwest is in desperate need of ways to cultivate emerging talent. Plus, it’s a great place to start a web-based company— its pragmatic sensibilities can shelter companies from the many pitfalls of a struggling economy.