TECH FUTURES GROUP: The free advisory wing for QUALIFIED technology companies and startups
TECH FUTURES GROUP (“TFG”) is a group of experienced advisors who are the complete advisory wing of
startups and small, established tech companies. Our charter is to help technology companies start, grow, thrive and
reach the next level.
TFG is measured on capital infusion, jobs created, and revenue. Since its inception in 2012 through the end of
2014, TFG has helped companies raise $50 million in capital and create over 100 new jobs in Northern California.
TFG is a program of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and is funded primarily by the US Small
Business Administration and State of California. TFG serves technology clients from across the 14 counties of the
NorCal SBDC region.
TFG services are free to the clients we serve — we take no equity and accept no cash payments.
HOW IT WORKS
Budgetary constraints limit the number of clients TFG is able to work with at any one time and therefore
prospective clients must apply on our site, www.TechFuturesGroup.org, to receive TFGʼs specialized tech advisory
Once accepted, clients meet with their assigned TFG Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) to identify the areas where
their needs are greatest. EIRs focus on the strategic business issues that often trip up tech companies and startups.
They help our clients evaluate the composition of their teams, the technology market fit, commercialization plans,
the defensibility of their ideas, manufacturing issues, and other CEO level issues.
The EIRs will introduce clients to TFG specialty advisors when appropriate. The introductions are not automatic but
are relatively easy to obtain. TFG advisors invest 20 -100 hours on each client. This investment includes EIR time and specialty
advisor time. TFG advisors do not do the work for clients; they guide, advise, and serve as sounding boards to
help clients learn how to do the work for themselves.
Why should you apply to the Tech Futures Group?
We offer access to great advisors with a broad range of experience — completely for free, click here to apply.