More than $1 billion in new capital has been earmarked for women entrepreneurs. Here's where to find it

Despite outperforming their male counterparts, the odds are stacked against most female founders when it comes to raising venture capital funding. The fundraising process can be gruelling for any entrepreneur. And, in a male-dominated industry, women also face a potential minefield of gender stereotyping and biased attitudes. When pitching to investors, they're often held to different standards than their male counterparts and are treated differently or asked different questions. Some inves...
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How entrepreneurs can fight climate change and build a profitable business at the same time

Younger consumers are already driving a trend towards profit with purpose. And with an increasing sense of urgency about pollution and the consequences of climate change, it's a growing trend that's set to become the norm, says entrepreneur Nicolas Brusson. Although entrepreneurs have a duty to build profitable businesses, as global citizens "it is also our duty to engage with the challenge of climate change at a meaningful level, not just as a cursory CSR exercise," says Brusson. Here, he ...
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How financial modeling helps startups

Before investing time, effort and money into launching a new business, you need to know whether it's financially viable. Creating a customized financial model is a key element of effective business planning. It helps you to identify strengths and weakness in your business, anticipate problems that may affect your cash flow, make informed business decisions, and plan for the future. And a solid financial model is also a pre-requisite if you're looking to raise funding. Here, Kate L. Harrison shar...
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Forget about growth. Here’s the metric that really matters

The key to achieving sustainable growth is knowing which metrics matter the most during a product's lifecycle. While customer acquisition is a key activity for any business, the success of every SaaS company relies on recurring revenue. If a customer feels they aren't getting value from a product, they cancel their subscription—and that represents a lost revenue opportunity for the business. For product management, the problem is deciding whether to prioritize "what gets new people to sign ...
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AO and L Marks launch a new accelerator for e-commerce startups

A global search is underway for startups keen to develop innovative and customer-centric e-commerce solutions, with applications now open for a new accelerator programme in the North West of England. Online electricals retailer AO is partnering with London-based global startup accelerator L Marks to launch the AO Innovation Lab. Based at AO's high tech, high spec premises at Parklands in Bolton, the 10-week programme offers startups expert mentorship, opportunities to trial products at scal...
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4 things I've learned from running a startup for 10 years

No one succeeds alone. There's a proverb that says "it takes a village to raise a child" and founding a company is a lot like raising a child. It requires the input of an entire community to gain experience, learn and grow. And while there's no "one-size-fits-all" guide to success, there are some universal truths that can help you steer your new venture in the right direction. Here, artificial emotional intelligence pioneer Rana el Kaliouby shares what she's learned about four key...
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A post-Brexit future for entrepreneurs: How to navigate an uncertain climate

The U.K. can still maintain its reputation as a prime destination for startup founders—despite continuing uncertainty over its future as a major European hub for innovation. While there's much debate about the outlook for foreign investment, talent acquisition, and the flow of data, the UK should still be seen as "a fantastic ground for innovation and business development," says Ivan Mazour. Here, he shares how entrepreneurs can effectively navigate the current environment to avoid potential stu...
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Brexit survival guide for start-ups and small businesses

The continuing political turmoil and prolonged economic uncertainty around Brexit is already impacting UK businesses, making long-term planning more difficult. Small business growth is stalling amid fears that any "decisions made with confidence today could be ill-advised tomorrow." And, with not knowing what to expect, fewer than a quarter of the UK's small businesses have started adapting their business processes. In this Brexit survival guide, Henry Williams shares the key areas you need to c...
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5 cash flow management best practices for startups

Your goal with your startup is to make money, right? This is why it's so important to keep money in the bank moving in and out in a healthy manner. If you want your startup to succeed, you'll have to manage your cash flow with finesse. This can be difficult for new business owners especially when it comes to keeping tabs on your burn rate. In fact, not paying enough attention to your cash flow can result in startup failure. Even if you are profitable, or you've raised a lot of capital, things ca...
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Applications are open for promising European startups looking to scale-up abroad

European FinTech startups looking to scale-up abroad have only a few days left to apply for a 5-day acceleration programme in Lithuania. Startup Lighthouse, part of the European Commission's Startup Europe initiative, is running a series of Deep Dive Weeks (DDW) for promising startups looking to expand in Germany, Portugal, Ireland and The Baltics. Although applications are already closed for Medtech startups in Dublin, Smart Cities in Lisbon and Mobility in Berlin, FinTech startups still have u...
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