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Why "no" is the hardest word for VCs, and how to boost your chances of a "yes"

Startups with high growth potential spend money faster than they can make it, which means early stage founders have to put a lot of time and effort into seeking finance. Every year thousands of entrepreneurs turn to venture capital (VC) firms, yet raising money from VCs is a challenging process and the odds of success are very low. "But if it provides any consolation, it's often as hard for VCs to say "no" as it is for founders to hear it," says Kjartan Rist. Here, he shares the reasons a VC may...
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Why Silicon Valley's money can't solve Africa's tech problems

Africa's venture capital (VC) scene needs a new generation of African-led private equity funds to invest in local businesses. Although investment in Africa's tech startups is increasing, most of the funding comes from the US and Europe. Given the shortage of local funds to finance local businesses, Nairobi-based investment manager Mercy Mutua is looking to "unlock local pools of capital and bolster a new generation of African fund managers," writes Esha Chhabr. Here, she explores some of th...
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10 lessons for entrepreneurs I learned from being a ‘Shark Tank’-type judge

Competing with other entrepreneurs for a chance to secure venture capital funding can be a gruelling process. And you'd be mistaken for thinking it's any easier when you're pitching to teams of students. During the UC Berkeley Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) talented students hone their venture capital skills while assessing real Bay Area entrepreneurs who are genuinely seeking funding. Although the judges—who are seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalists—are there to choose...
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VC investment in Europe surged 26.9% in 2017, thanks to U.K. startups’ mega-rounds

 According to figures released today, the U.K. remains "Europe's leading venture capital magnet." European startups raised $17.52 billion in 2017, up from $13.81 billion in 2016, representing a strong recovery from the sharp drop in 2016. And, despite the uncertainties raised by Brexit, U.K. startups accounted for almost half of the $4.27 billion raised by all European startups in the last three months of 2017, writes Chris O'Brien. Here, O'Brien shares some key findings of the Dow Jones Ve...
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