EARLY-STAGE EQUITY INVESTMENT
Sunstone Management invests in diverse, early-stage, technology companies that demonstrate a track record of passion, creativity, and persistence. Typically, Sunstone Management requires all startup Founders to be admitted to one of its partner Accelerator Programs (such as the Long Beach Accelerator or Lair East Labs), to be considered for investment. Once admitted to a qualified accelerator, Sunstone Management will meet with startup Founders to negotiate a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), which typically provides up to $200,000 of investment in exchange for future equity. If startups are able to complete the qualified accelerator program and meet certain milestones, they may be eligible for additional rounds of follow-on funding up to and including Seed Round investment. For more information, please contact the Sunstone Management Investment Department here.
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
Through its partnership with the American Lending Center, Sunstone Management is able to offer its startup Founders several innovative small business loan programs that can help with early-stage development and growth. These include the California State Small Business Credit Initiative and Federal Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan programs. For more information about these loan programs, please contact the Sunstone Management Economic Development Department here.
CITY ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS
Sunstone Management has developed a unique technical assistance program to help diverse, early-stage startup Founders secure the technical assistance, mentoring, and network support they need to be successful. Often, upon acceptance to these approved programs, Sunstone Management will negotiate an agreement for equity investment to assist startup Founders cover the cost of the Accelerator as well as to provide working capital to expand their business. Learn more about the City Accelerator Program here.
UNIVERSITY INCUBATOR PROGRAMS
Sunstone Management provides several grant programs through its partnerships with several universities including California State University Long Beach, University of California Irvine, and University of Southern California. As part of these on-campus University Incubator programs, Sunstone Management provides significant grant prize money to student entrepreneurs and startups selected through pitch competitions and other special events. More about Sunstone University here.
We refer to early-stage technology entrepreneurs as Founders. Information provided here is to inform about the types of small business start-ups that have been selected for participation in certain programs in which Sunstone participates. Information provided here is aspirational and there is no assurance of success. Early-stage investing comes with an inherently high degree of risk. The information provided is neither an offer to sell or an inducement to offer to buy interests in any Sunstone sponsored fund that may have invested in the Founder.
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