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Michigan Orgs Awarded $25M to Support Entrepreneurs

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced the recipients of $25 million in awards from Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund. Each of the eight organizations receiving the awards will use the funding to support Michigan entrepreneurs and technology commercialization. The largest single allotment, $10.8 million, will benefit Ann Arbor SPARK, which plans to replenish its Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund with the award. Other recipient organizations will be offering capital and business assistance around the state.

Trio of Tech-focused Tax Credits Pass in Louisiana Legislature

At the close of the 2011 legislative session in Louisiana last week, lawmakers approved three measures to encourage investment in high-tech economic endeavors. This includes renewing and enhancing the R&D tax credit and the Technology Commercialization credit and reinstating an angel investor tax credit for investment in emerging startups.

Colorado Expands Angel Tax Credit Program

Gov John Hickenlooper recently signed legislation expanding eligibility for Colorado's Innovation Investment Tax Credit (CIITC). The program provides angel investors with an income tax credit equal to 15 percent of their investment in Colorado small businesses that are less than five years old and are involved in research and development. Originally, the program allowed investors to claim the credits for investments made during the 2010 tax year. Under the new legislation, investments made after 2010 will be eligible until the remaining funds are exhausted. In addition, the rules regarding qualified businesses have been loosened.

Centers of Excellence, Entrepreneurship Grants Funded in North Dakota Budget

Lawmakers last week passed the 2011-13 biennial budget, providing $12 million for the state's Centers of Research Excellence program. Although it is less than Gov. Jack Dalrymple's request of $20 million to expand the program and provide additional funding for three new centers, the legislature's appropriation will allow for continued investments in infrastructure and research capacity at a time when many states are reducing funding for TBED to help fill budget deficits. The approved budget also includes $1 million for technology-based entrepreneurship grants and establishes a program to provide matching grants for startup technology businesses.

Digest Update on Angel Tax Credit Measures: MI Enacts; NJ Gov Vetoes

SSTI recently reported on two important bills passed by lawmakers in Michigan late last year and in New Jersey earlier this year that would provide incentives for taxpayers who invest in emerging technology companies. As an update to the Dec. 8, 2010 and Jan. 12, 2011 stories, both former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have taken action on the bills with opposing outcomes. Gov. Granholm signed HB 5921 into law on December 14, enacting a measure to provide a 25 percent personal tax credit for individuals who invest at least $20,000 in qualified seed and early stage companies. Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed S.2454, the New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act, along with 13 other bills approved by lawmakers in January as part of a jobs package. The bill would have provided a tax credit of 10 percent of a taxpayer's qualified investment in emerging technology companies with less than 225 employees, capped at $25 million annually. Gov. Christie criticized lawmakers for not providing a funding source and unveiled this week a somewhat similar package of tax cuts for business alongside the FY12 executive budget proposal. Read the governor's veto message:

NJ Angel Tax Credit Passes Legislature, Awaits Gov's Action

New Jersey lawmakers last week approved several bills as part of the "Back to Work NJ" economic development and jobs plan proposed by Democratic legislative leaders. Among the measures approved is The New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act (S.2454) providing incentives to taxpayers who invest in emerging technology companies. Gov. Chris Christie has yet to take action on the package of the bills, which could cost the state up to $805 million in business subsidies and lost corporate tax revenue in the coming fiscal year, reports New Jersey Newsroom.

Seed Stage Angel Capital Becoming Scarce

Angel investors continue to move their focus from seed stage startups to later stage deals, according to recent analysis by the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research. During the first half of 2010, 26 percent of angel capital was invested in seed and startup stage companies, down from 35 percent in 2009 and 45 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, overall angel funding fell to $8.5 billion, a 6.5 percent decrease from the first half of 2009. Though angel investors are conducting a greater number of smaller deals than they were in the last few years, this has not translated into investment in younger companies.

TBED Orgs Seek Changes in Financial Reform Bill

Nine national organizations, including SSTI, have joined the Angel Capital Association in seeking revisions to the Financial Reform Bill, which will be debated soon in the U.S. Senate. In its current form, the bill could shrink the pool of accredited U.S. investor and complicate cross-state investment (see the March 31, 2010 issue). The petitioning organizations ask that two small sections pertaining to accredited investors be removed or modified to prevent unnecessary obstacles to angel investing and entrepreneurship. Read the letter...

Financial Regulation Overhaul Alarms Private Equity Community

Finance reform legislation, bound for the Senate floor in April, could have significant repercussions for investors and entrepreneurs. The bill, introduced by Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), would create a new consumer protection watchdog within the Federal Reserve, install new regulations and safety valves to prevent another financial meltdown, and provide greater transparency within the financial industry. Two short provisions, however, have caught the attention of the private equity community and could change the rules for investors. The first would raise the minimum income and wealth level needed for individuals to qualify as accredited investors who may invest without forcing the company to register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The second would allow each state to set its own rules regarding accredited investor security offerings.

Minnesota Legislature Approves Angel Tax Credits

The Minnesota legislature has passed a 25 percent tax credit for individuals and pooled funds that invest in early-stage high-tech businesses as part of a new jobs bill. Up to $17 million in tax credits will be available in FY11, with $12 million a year available in FY12 and afterward. The credits apply to investments in companies with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in private capital.  Read the complete bill.


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