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Venture Capitalist Mike Asem From M25 Discusses Investing In Early-Stage Startups - Startup of the Year Podcast


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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Mike Asem, who is the founding partner at M25 (, which is a venture capital investment firm targeting early-stage, tech-enabled startups in the Midwest. Mike also created a new board game called, “Unicorns To The Moon” and you can find out more about that game at: Our listeners can get a 20% discount by using the code: SOTY20

We also again highlight one of the startups from our community and that company is ecoSPEARS, which is an environmental technology company ushering in the carbonless future of environmental cleanup. ecoSPEARS eliminates toxins like PCBs, dioxins, and other persistent organic pollutants from the environment utilizing non-thermal and non-combusting remediation technology developed by NASA. Learn more about them at

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.

Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.  

The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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