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Research Motivation

Throughout the program of #OUTLIERS Accelerator, there is one question that we have been asking our startup founders every month “What are your top 3 bottlenecks?” Investor, Talent, and User Adoption.

After supporting our startups to raise capital (collectively over $50M), we realized that ‘funding’ wasn’t really the friction. It is the difficulty to find ‘appropriate investors’ who really understand their products, see long-term values, and those who can provide strategic supports along with their roadmaps.

To respond on this challenge, our operations director Dian Jiao, initiated a research collaboration called “Nano-Search Financial Tool” between #OUTLIERS and the Economics Department of Columbia University, where she collaborates with her PhD fellows on Entrepreneurial Finance and the Venture Capital industry. …


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