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Impact Investing, a concept coined six years ago, has recently become quite hot, capturing significant mainstream attention and interest. At its core, impact investing seeks to harness the power of enterprise to address social and/or environmental issues.
Is this the way to launch your startup and change the world?
There is a new super-business angel on the block. He is is based in the UK and is looking to invest £100m into his business angel projects via his investment firm.
Find out who he is and what he is looking for…
Many good ideas don’t get funded. We all accept that.
And many bad ideas do get funded. That is harder to accept, but accept it we must.
So, what is it that determines whether an idea gets funded or not?
We interviewed Bill Morrow, founder of Angels Den, to find out how ‘the world’s largest business angel network’ is growing and what tips Bill can share for angels and entrepreneurs looking to succeed with growth businesses…
What is the difference between pitching to business angels and an equity crowdfunding pitch?
This is the question I was recently asked, so here are my key points on how traditional business angel pitches differ from equity crowdfunding or crowd investing…
Entrepreneurs sometimes feel a little (or very) aggrieved at what they get offered by Business Angels.
Occasionally, the entrepreneurs are justified, but often this disappointment comes from a false expectation.
So, what startup valuation should an entrepreneur expect and how can he or she move the odds in his or her favour?
Crowdcube, the UK crowd investing site, celebrated a new record in helping Liverpool based Crowd Mortgage Limited, get funding in just 2.5 days.
What does this tell us about what’s hot in equity crowdfunding and what business angels are up to?
Crowdfunding has recently spawned something more interesting for startups, and that is, crowd investing.
So, how does a startup or growth business know if it is ready (or right) to seek equity crowdfunding?
To help, we have devised 21 tests for Crowd Investing, so that you can begin to assess the strength of your investment case and also identify ways to improve your chances.
Dr Richard Hagreaves explains that when you make a decision to invest in an unquoted company, it is unlikely that you will be the sole investor.
In which case one crucial issue is where is the rest of the money to come from? And this is where the Angel CoFund (www.angelcofund.co.uk) can help UK based business angels.
To gain funding on equity crowdfunding platforms, businesses need to gain momentum quickly from the day the pitch is a launched.
However, the business is unwise to launch on the platform unless it already has some investors on board. Find out our other tips to ensure your equity funding pitch succeeds.
As the year comes to an end, let’s review some of the best articles – and your favourite pages on ibusinessangel in 2012
As you’d expect, crowdfunding, funding and investing are all the top topics… read on to find out what we can expect from 2013…
The period of huge new global internet brands succeeding may be drawing to an end, so could it be B2B and outsourced internet companies that make up growth for the next few years and provide opportunities for business angels and startup entrepreneurs?
We’ve got used to the idea of startup accelerator helping new businesses accelerate growth and raise funding – 10 at a time.
Then, 00s of new startups were promised by Dave McClure’s 500 startups project – which took in 33 startup companies for its latest accelerator.
So, what are we to make of Steve Blank’s – a guru of lean startups- new project to launch 10,000 startups?
Pebble e-paper watch launched on Kickstarter a campaign to raise US$100,000 but ended up raising over US$10,000,000. How and why did this happen? And what can we learn?
Business Angel Bill Payne, who has advised over 4 business angel networks and deliver over 100 business angel investment seminars, has developed a scoring method to allow a business angel to assess the potential of different investments.
In this article, we take a look at the criteria Bill uses to judge the best from the worst.
Many business angels have invested in residential property. As a result, they often compare the yield of the property with the dividend that a startup business might offer and then the relative capital growth potential of the two investments.
But, can a Seed investment compare – in terms of risk and return – with a property portfolio?
Many first-time entrepreneurs with great ideas jump straight to the phase where they’re looking for business angels and financial backers. Some expend great time and effort on their hunt.
Unfortunately this stage can’t come first, and here’s why.
Sometimes, raising business angel or VC funds gives a startup business a competitive advantage.
Why is that? And how do you know if it applies to your startup? Read on…
Where will the best business angel – or startup – opportunities come from?
Which sectors are hot and offer the best investment potential? We take a look at the mobile, digital and health / fitness sectors.
7 questions that will tell you (nearly) all you need to know about your potential business angel.
Use our list of key questions and save hours of time spent speaking to the wrong business angel (or broker in an angels cloak).