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10 Questions to Ask Before Accepting an Investment

When to say “no” to investors. You may think that when someone offers you money to fund your startup, you should find a way to take their money. But even more important than landing an investment offer is knowing when to say yes to investors and when to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Just because someone has money doesn’t mean they have the knowledge to help you grow your business. And that’s what I mean by “dumb money”—I’m a firm ...

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The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Think of the elevator pitch as an executive summary that provides a quick overview of your business and details why you are going to be successful. Here are ...

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Seeking Investors for your Startups – Points to Note

Seeking Investors for your Startups? Points to Note !! A venture capitalist invests in early to mid-stage companies and startups with the goal of scaling that business and producing a high return on the investment. The biggest risk for venture capital investors is that an investment will flop or even fall into bankruptcy. Many small and emerging businesses fail for various reasons and venture capitalists tend to accept failure as a cost of doing business and look to notch huge ...

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Guide to Raising Angel Funding

What is Angel funding? Equity or Angel funding is a lump sum of money paid for a share of the entrepreneur’s business, but thereafter it is far from simple. Unlike debt funding, the Angel shares the risks with the Entrepreneur. Business Angels take the highest risk of any other investor and fund their investment out of their own pocket, not via other stakeholders. They invest at a very early stage of the business development and, as a result of this ...

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The Business Plan – A Vital Start-Up Step

EVERY new business begins with an idea. So where do you go from there? Depending on whom you speak to there just seems to be a great number of ‘essential’ ‘first steps’ on your way to starting a business. There is no denying, however, that the one step considered most vital for any venture is none other than planning! To quote an often used phrase ‘If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!’ What is a Business Plan ...

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Beware of “Advance Fee” Schemes

An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value – such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return. The variety of advance fee schemes is limited only by the imagination of the con artists who offer them. They may involve the sale of products or services, the offering of investments, lottery winnings, “found money,” or many other “opportunities.” Clever con artists will ...

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The 6 Biggest Mistakes in Raising Startup Capital

Avoid these traps to increase your chances of securing funding and keeping investors happy. 1. Half-baked business plans — There’s nothing worse than going into a money meeting unprepared. If you haven’t put the time and energy into writing a full-blown business plan complete with elements, such as a cogent business description, financial projections and a competitive market analysis, the people with the cash won’t put the time into evaluating your proposal. 2. Focusing too much on the idea and ...

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10 Rules For Writing a Powerful Executive Summary

Whether you write your own business plan, or you work with a professional business plan consultant to craft the perfect document, you will soon notice that you will need to change your plan for various purposes. For instance, if you are seeking a loan, you may want to focus on your balance sheet and collateral. If you are submitting your plan to an angel investor group you may want to focus on growth, market potential, and your management team. Rather ...

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Why I need a Business Plan?

While a business plan is a necessary tool for attracting angel investors, venture capital, and bank financing, the business planning process has so much more value to offer than just as a tool to raise money. Our experience has taught us that the benefits of the business planning process include: Providing you a 360 degree view of your company, allowing you to examine its viability and potential for growth and success. A business plan is powerful tool for ensuring that ...

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