< For Startups

The Funding

As an entrepreneur, ensuring the necessary funding is critical at every stage of your journey. We offer expert guidance to help you confidently pursue the investments you need to propel your idea forward.

If you're a first-time founder, sooner or later you’ll need to quickly learn your way around your financials. The right sources of funds will be different from one company to the next, and different founders will need different types of fundraising assistance. At FM, we right size the services we offer to match your individual needs.

Business Strategy

Our team of experienced consultants can help you create your business plan and financial plan, as well as helping you identify how much financing you need. We’ll help you validate your business model and create realistic financial projections. We’ll also help you get a handle on what you’ll use the money for so that you can give a thorough answer when investors ask (and they will!).

Funding Types

When considering taking external funding, it’s important to understand the different types. Startup financing comes in many flavors. If you don’t know debt from equity, angel from VC, and have no idea what a cap table is, don’t worry. We’ll demystify the process and the terms, and help you figure out what kind of financing you need.

Investor Relations

We’re highly dialed into the Maine startup scene and we have relationships with many Angel and VC groups, as well as supporting organizations like Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and Maine Center for Entrepreneurs (MCED). Investors trust FM because of our track record of building good products efficiently. As a founder with us on your team, you can confidently assure investors that their money will be put to good use.

Impactful Pitching

We know how investors evaluate a startup, and what they need to see in a good pitch. We can help you include the right content and produce a visually compelling pitch deck. We’ll also help you refine your delivery and ensure that you leave a memorable impression.

FM Ventures

Let us invest in you

The traditional model for tech startups is to get funding and spend most of it on software development. We optimize the process by giving partial funding and software development in one deal. In return we ask for a small amount of equity.

Learn More

Freebie Fridays

A monthly meet-up for startup entrepreneurs in Portland, Maine at any stage in their conceptualization or growth. We aim to share our experience to help resolve both business and technology roadblocks.

It makes so much sense to enthusiastically support our startup clients in their efforts to raise money. If we believe in their ability to succeed, we’ll jump on board and help with pitch decks, introductions to VCs, investor meetings and more. Helping a startup succeed is one of those rare business situations where it’s truly a win-win for us both.
- Dan Piltch, CEO