Posts Tagged ‘startups’
So, the early stage funding market has shown its third major shift.
Should we now think of these sourcers of funding as ‘banks for early stage companies’?
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?
Phones are an essential part of business life – especially for startups.
So, let’s take a look at some of the key tips to ensure this – most essential – utility doesn’t let you down…
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.
Every startup looking for funding needs an accountant?
But what kind of accountant do you need? Let’s find out…
How should we look at startups? Through the lens of finance alone? Or should we assess them through the lens of the product? Or both?
And, what about the management team? Isn’t that the most important factor?
Following our previous article on how to use invoice finance as an alternative strategy to raising money for a growing business, we take a look at the top 7 questions that business angels and entrepreneurs ask about invoice finance.
Once your startup begins to create revenue then you will typically be looking at additional funding. This might come from a second round of venture capital funding (ie cash for equity) or bank funding (although this is unlikely), peer to peer lending or invoice discounting.
Here we take a look at invoice financing…
I spoke with Darren Westlake, CEO of Crowdcube about their experience of the first 18 months of raising funds for equity stakes via crowdfunding.
Our conversation revealed much about what works and what doesn’t work in the world of equity crowdfunding and what the future holds for both business angel investors and the entrepreneurs.
Here on iBusinessAngel we are picking crowdfunding winners!
We will pick projects that we like and write up a review of them – before they raise their money so that business angels can choose to invest (or not).
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?
The USA’s original crowdfunding website launched in the UK on the 31st of October.
So what’s happening?
Do too many startups are focussed on raising money as if money were the answer to all problems. Whilst a focus on giving business angels and VCs ‘what they want’ is admirable, it often comes at the cost of not focussing on the relationship.
What can you do about this?
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?
Crowdfunding is rapidly increasing in popularity and garnering a lot of media attention as more and more experienced business angels are using it to connect with startups. We explore five reasons investors are adopting.