Category: Thought Leadership

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection

October 7, 2017 |

By Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest When it comes to plant site selection, there is a lot of talk about raw materials sourcing, Alfred Weber’s location triangle, and lowest-cost shipping and logistics. However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition

October 5, 2017 |

By Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the availability of infrastructure to support the project AND the availability of feedstock to feed the […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations

October 4, 2017 |

By Charles Loos, Bernard Cooker, and Mindy Collier, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest To get a new plant started, management must provide the operating staff with training and a full complement of written procedures covering safety, operations, emergencies and environmental compliance. Though the process of defining and creating the necessary training and procedures […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation

October 3, 2017 |

By Bernard Cooker, John Diecker, and Daniel Lane, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This article is the seventh in a series on the information needed by a Capital Investor, received from the Project Developer (PD), for the Capital Investor to make an informed biotechnology investment. Refs. 1 through 6 are to previous articles […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data

October 1, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer and Charles Loos, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Investing in new bio-economy technologies involves the inherent perils associated with building new plants and introducing new products into existing markets. However, one avoidable peril is basing decisions on poorly planned research and development programs. An outside evaluation of the experimental plan […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 5, Competitive Technology & Market Assessment: IP & Patent Analysis

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 5, Competitive Technology & Market Assessment: IP & Patent Analysis

September 30, 2017 |

By Terry Mazanec, Bob Kodrzycki, and Lorenz Bauer, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest (Note: This is Part 5 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here.) What are: Ali vs Frazier, Red Sox vs Yankees, and Gevo vs Butamax? If you said […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures

September 28, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer, Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest (Note: This is Part 4 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.) Investors focused on renewable chemicals and fuels are looking for projects with the greatest commercial potential. However, within the plethora […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Part 3 – The Business Plan

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Part 3 – The Business Plan

September 27, 2017 |

By Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest (Note: This is Part 3 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.) A business plan contains basically only two major subjects: The business case for the investment: ROI and pro forma Risk management. Keep in mind that […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 2 – The Pro Forma

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 2 – The Pro Forma

September 26, 2017 |

By Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is Part 2 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Developing a pro forma projection for an investment opportunity is the first step for an entrepreneur seeking capital, and also the first screening level financing institutions use to evaluate such proposals. There are […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures

September 25, 2017 |

By Wayne Lee and Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest First of an 11-part series This article is the introduction to a series of articles[1], reviewing the typical steps that investors consider before providing financial support to biofuels or biochemical projects. There is often disconnect between those seeking funding for new and […]

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