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Money Buzz 08/05

New access to VC funding, foreign real estate and more

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This story appears in the August 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Need to get a foot in the funding door? A new screening system by The Venture Alliance in Newport Beach, California, aims to help early stage and pre-IPO companies gain access to VCs, angel investors and investment banks by scoring their "fundability."

TVA employs a proprietary point system that scores companies on key measurements, such as market opportunity, corporate structure, and management and ownership. Companies with strong scores are passed on to TVA funding partners, who perform their own due diligence to make funding decisions. "Out of the 34 companies that scored 1,000 or more points last year, 17 were funded, for a total of $76 million," says founder and CEO Jim Casparie, who reports that fees for the application process range from $1,000 to $2,500.

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