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The Capital Formation Institute, Inc. (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and all sponsor contributions are fully tax deductible. Sponsor funds are needed now to help CFI expand its services in research, information dissemination and development of education curriculum on seed and early stage investment and enterprise development.

CLICK FOR DETAILS on Sponsor opportunities and benefits.

OR, contact Dan Loague at 405-824-5549 or to discuss your sponsorship needs or payment options.


Richard Meyer

From: Richard Meyer, Ph.D.,
Chairman, Capital Formation Institute
To: CFI Network and Supporters
Subject: CFI education and research sponsorship

In collaboration with other co-founders and past Board members of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF), I helped create the Capital Formation Institute (CFI), a 501(c)(3) organization that fosters needed research and education on early-stage financing of entrepreneurial companies.

Since its formation in November 2004, CFI has accumulated a rich online information reserve (see to help support critical new research and education programs to benefit educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, private investors, venture capital firms, economic development agencies and foundations.

CFI’s Website now includes "ViewPoints" (articles), "VC Online" (audio-on-demand interviews) and "AudioBlog" (moderated audio discussions), all valuable original contributions of leading seed and early stage investors and enterprise development professionals. Altogether CFI has published nearly 100 new titles since January 2005. Unique users of CFI’s Website, the CFI Network, now number more than 10,000 representatives from hundreds of organizations around the nation and the world.

Now CFI stands ready to conduct surveys, publish reports, organize conferences, seminars, and workshops, collect and maintain data bases, and more. However, to fulfill these opportunities, CFI needs cash donations from individuals and sponsorships by business, government, and university entities.

To support CFI’s ongoing work, I encourage individuals to make $100 donations to CFI. And may I encourage $2,500 sponsorships from business, government, university entities and others. All donations are fully tax deductible: CFI is a non-profit charitable organization (see IRS status posted at

For information on our Sponsor levels and their benefits, please click here.

Individuals may mail a check to CFI’s administrative office at

CFI, UB-STOR University at Buffalo
1576 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228

or may directly contact Dan Loague, CFI Executive Director, with credit card information. Businesses, government agencies, and universities and colleges may also contact Dan Loague directly at 405-824-5549 or

I thank you in advance for your kind consideration and donation to the Capital Formation Institute.

Richard T. Meyer, Ph.D.
Chairman, CFI
CEO & President
CIC Photonics, Inc.


Capital Formation Institute, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach
University at Buffalo, 1576 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, NY 14228

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