10 things I hated about your business pitch

A great business pitch is a fine balancing act and many entrepreneurs make mistakes that ruin their chances of securing funding. If outside investment is the only way to get your new venture off the ground, you want potential investors to be as excited about the business as you are. Yet along with your confidence and enthusiasm, you also need to demonstrate your competence and credibility. Here, Tim Berry shares the10 things he hates the most when they come up in business pitches so you can...
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Fact-check: What does Brexit really mean for Europe's startups?

Despite continuing uncertainty over post-Brexit access to foreign talent, international trade and international capital, most British startups aren't planning to move their headquarters abroad. The U.K. is due to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 unless the negotiating period is extended. Yet despite the unpredictable outcome and fears of damage to the innovation economy, research shows British startups are still attracting investment and expanding into foreign markets. Here, Valentina...
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Is equity crowdfunding right for your startup?

Raising finance through the traditional venture capital route can be a gruelling process and many startups opt for crowdfunding instead. The most common form of crowdfunding is reward-based, in which you raise funds by offering people your new product, a gift or a discount in exchange for their contribution. With equity crowdfunding however, you raise capital by offering investors part of your company's equity in exchange for their investment. And equity crowdfunding can work for both early...
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Why hiring an outsourced CFO can help startups grow more quickly

Your startup is growing, and you are busy. You're selling your products, it's time to hire more staff, and things are looking good. Yet, because you're so busy, you don't have time to look at your finances, and perhaps your cash flow doesn't seem as good as it could be. Your startup needs financial systems and processes in place to help it grow, and to do that you need to hire someone to take care of it for you, so you can concentrate on your duties. In this article, we'll look at why hiring an ...
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Startup School: Advisor Edition

California-based startup accelerator YCombinator is hosting a free 1-day workshop for people "whose full-time job is to inspire, teach, and advise founders or would-be founders." Following the enormous success of its annual Startup School for founders, the company now wants to share its expertise with mentors and advisors. You have until March 31, 2019 to apply for a place on the workshop, which takes place May 4, 2019 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even if you can't attend in person the or...
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Reflecting on my failure to build a billion-dollar company

The secret to success is to set the right goals. And to set the right goals you need to pursue the right definition of success. In a society that glamorizes wealth and power, it's easy to lose sight of your true mission as an entrepreneur. "For years, my only metric of success was building a billion-dollar company. Now, I realize that was a terrible goal," says founder Sahil Lavingia. Here, he shares how redefining his definition of success and realigning his goals helped him salvage his failing...
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10 reasons why your exit strategy is as important as your business plan

It's never too early to think about your exit strategy and the sooner you start planning the better. While it's not easy to think about your exit when you're just starting out, having an exit strategy worked out in advance helps you structure and develop the business to achieve the best exit for you and the company. And a solid exit strategy is something every investor will be looking for. "The earlier you establish your exit strategy, the clearer the vision for you and your company becomes," wr...
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This accelerator is helping to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental problems

It's said that more than 50 per cent of new businesses fail within the first five years, yet the five-year survival rate of startups that participate in business incubators or accelerator programs is reported to be between 75 and 87 per cent. Accelerators can also help cut the cost of launching a startup by as much as 50 per cent, writes Kate Harrison. Here, she interviews Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator—an accelerator in the non-profit sphere—to discover how it differs from othe...
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How to define your target market

The better you understand your target market, the better you'll understand how and where to reach the people most likely to buy your products or services. Defining your target market is one of your most important tasks as an entrepreneur as it lays the foundation for every aspect of your overall marketing strategy. "The right target market increases your chances of success because you can communicate better with a well-defined group," writes Tim Berry who shares here his top tips for accurately ...
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Successful founders will nail at least 8 of these 10 questions in a VC pitch

Proving to VCs that your business is worth investing in can be a daunting process. Apart from being able to deliver a persuasive presentation with a carefully crafted pitch deck, you also need to be prepared for some tough questions. Some of the most important questions are the ones that don't get asked aloud and knowing what investors may be thinking about during your pitch will help you answer them proactively. Here, Larry Kim shares the questions Parul Singh—a principal at the venture ca...
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