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Business Growth Fund launches £200m venture capital fund for young UK tech businesses

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) is launching a new £200m venture capital fund for early stage tech UK companies, the organisation has announced. The fund is to be run by a new, dedicated team based in London and will open for business in autumn 2015. The initial team will be Rory Stirling and Harry Briggs, both of whom bring extensive venture experience from MMC Ventures and Balderton Capital respectively, and Simon Calver, form...

£5m funding boost to promote growth of small firms in Northern Ireland

A fund for investing in SMEs in Northern Ireland has received an extra £5m to help the subject businesses grow. The boost for the Co-Fund NI has already led to cash injections for autism testing start-up Autism Biotech, interactive maths firm Komodo Learning and hardware engines developer Titan IC Systems. Co-Fund NI - said to be the most active source of equity funding in Northern Ireland - was created by Invest NI and is manage...

How Europe is producing ‘super startups’

“They do things bigger and better in America.” Whether referring to automobiles, movies, homes, skyscrapers, or fast food menus, this is a familiar refrain in Europe. The digital era has been no different, with Silicon Valley held up as the touchstone against which to measure all tech startups. Yet a shift is taking place in Europe that is eroding America’s dominance of the tech world and seeing a legion of European “super...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Fail to prepare a small business plan … and you prepare to fail

Before you go full steam ahead with any business venture you need to make sure you know your key objectives and how to achieve them. A business plan is crucial to the success of your venture, not only during the startup phase but at every stage of your business. Drafting a business plan will help focus your vision and communicate it to others. It should also help to clarify your business offering, outline any potential problems or is...

10 Ways To Make Your Investor Pitch More Effective

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor preparation. If you start by pitching your extended life story...

10 Things You Should Never Do While Pitching an Investor

Nailing your investor pitch is an important part of clinching funding. But who hasn’t known someone who bombed that conversation? So before you write your next pitch, keep in mind these surefire ways to lose a potential investor’s interest as explained by 10 successful founders from YEC. 1. Not Having Milestones Potential investors want to know that they’re going to get a good return on their investment. It’s your job to m...

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Fund Raising

12 things you should know about raising money from angel investors

When you need funding, angel investors can seem like a godsend. However, raising money from angels isn’t as easy, or as simple, as it might seem. To learn more, I asked 12 successful founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: I’m thinking of raising money from angels. What is one thing I should know? Their best answers are below: 1. You‘ll Face a Lot of Rejection There are hundreds of rea...

Video - Cashed up - How to attract business funding

So you’ve got the great idea, you’ve got the business vision; How do you get the money? This feature looks at preparing for investment, finding funding and understanding what investors want. The good news is that the money is out there. Investors are more than willing to get their money working, but only for the right business. So what is it about your business that will make potential investors take an interest in it above all t...

6 Tips To Attract Angel Funding

No magic formula exists for gaining the interest of angel investors. However, you can improve your chances with this advice from entrepreneurship professor Candida Brush. Stay close. Focus on angel investors who are based near your business. Often, angels prefer local investments because they can visit and work closely with the entrepreneurs in whom they’ve invested. Follow up after your pitch. Send a thank you and answer outsta...

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Marketing & Social Media

Looking to Grow in the SaaS Industry? Consider These Start-Up Content Marketing Tips

There’s been some buzz in the venture capital (VC) community recently about the importance of start-up content marketing, particularly when it’s unleashed in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) start-up scene. My ears have perked, since both are worlds in which I cut my teeth as a tech entrepreneur. Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures summarizes what I learned really well—before Clear joined Skyword—with his insights about conten...

Why Social Media Is One Of The Best Ways To Keep Your Customers Happy

Customer care professionals are challenged these days to identify and resolve customers’ issues through an ever-increasing array of communication channels. They want to know: How can I make my customers happy and bolster our brand?

The service professional has always played a critical role in driving positive customer experiences. Often the service professional is the only human touch point to the customer. Today’s social cu...

3 Steps to Streamlining and Improving Your Twitter Account

For many business owners, Twitter is a valuable tool for networking, marketing and keeping on top of industry news. But the popular social network can easily become a disorganized mass of unwanted information and spammy followers. If you want to get the most out of Twitter, consider scheduling a thorough "cleaning" of your account. All you need is about half an hour and a few online tools to turn down the noise and turn up the value....

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

The Greatest Skill Every Successful Founder-CEO Must Learn: Letting Go

Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal endeavor, especially for founder-CEOs who must believe in their companies above anything else. Indeed, a startup is not terribly different from parenting, in that thousands of hours are spent nurturing children and and helping them to grow. In both the result is a strong attachment; in startups, the attachment is inherent in every step of the building process. Early on, it’s the details that ca...

10 Motivating Quotes to Help You Spring Into Action

March signals the end of the first quarter and the start of spring. It’s a great time to take stock of goals and plans for 2015 to see what kind of progress you’ve made so far and to tweak and adjust as necessary. If you’re looking for some advice to reinvigorate you and put that spring back into your step, here are ten insanely motivating quotes to help get you going: 1. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,...

50 Quotes on Leadership Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their business ultimately rests on their shoulders. Yes, the product you build and the team you hire are important, but your ability to lead is what carries your company. With that kind of pressure, it’s easy to feel stressed, lonely and overwhelmed at times. Every great leader has faced a challenge that defined their greatness, which is why we often turn to their advice when needed. ...

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