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£1 Million Fund for UK Business Start-ups Launches Today

The first ever Scottish crowd funding platform launches today at the SIE Student Enterprise Summit in Glasgow.

Bloom VC aims to raise £1m funds for new businesses in its first year and support hundreds of fledgling entrepreneurs start up their venture.

Bloom VC – Venture Catalyst – is the brainchild of Amanda Boyle, a successful entrepreneur with a passion for helping businesses to succeed.

Boyle said :”Business...

10 Things You Need to Check Before Investing in a Startup

You may already know where to find interesting startups, but what do you do once you're actually ready to invest? It's important to conduct your own due diligence on a startup before you write a check. You shouldn’t only rely on a great pitch, or assume others are doing the due diligence for you.

Let’s go over some items that you should investigate.

1. Understand the Industry While you are looking for startups to invest...

UK government launches £10 million fund for innovators

The government has launched a £10 million fund to support new innovative technologies for increasing volunteering and charitable giving.

The Innovation in Giving Fund aims to discover and support the development of initiatives such as JustGiving, a website that allows people to sponsor friends online, and Freecycle, an online network that enables people to give away unwanted goods.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, sai...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Writing a business plan

The prospect of writing a business plan for a new start-up business or a young, small business that is looking to expand is something that sounds daunting. The good news is that it doesn't have to be a struggle; actually, the best business plans are not complicated

The prospect of writing a business plan is something that sounds daunting. Photograph: Alamy The prospect of writing a business plan for a new start-up business or a y...

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...

Five Presentation Tools Your Startup Should Check Out

Have a startup idea? Ready to take your concept from napkin etching to full-fledged business proposal? It might be time to explore your options in terms of presentation tools. Whether you need to create a pitch deck to impress potential investors or a slide presentation to woo new customers, knowing which tools can present your concept in the best possible light can be critical in the development of your startup. Following are five pres...

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Fund Raising

£6m SEIS fund ready to help UK student start-ups

Students who have already shown some degree of success can seek a share of a £6 million investment fund to help develop their businesses.

Venture capital firm Find Invest Grow (FIG) has set up the fund to match fledgling firms set up by students or recent graduates with investors. The FIG Concept Seed Fund, based in London, will raise money for the firm’s existing start-up business portfolio. The fund aims to find groups of in...

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...

Think Tank: winning investment without the banks

Venture capitalist Jon Moulton famously refuses to invest in any business run by someone who has been divorced more than once – on the grounds that their complicated private lives will be too much of a distraction to building a successful enterprise.

As he puts it: “The statistics on the deals I have done over the years clearly show that one divorce is slightly better than no divorce; two divorces are much worse; three divorce...

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Marketing & Social Media

14 nice things you can do for your customers using social media

Without customers, your business will never survive, I was inspired by a blog post by Ian Lurie, where Ian wrote about nice things that businesses can do for their customers, so I decide to write about how you can do nice things for your customers with the help of social media. In no particular order, here are some ways I think you can use social media for your customers.

1) Respond to your customers. This is one of the most impor...

5 Insider Tips for a Better Social Media Strategy

At the Mashable Media Summit in New York on Friday, founders of two social analytics start-ups--Parse.ly’s Sachin Kamdar and SocialFlow’s Frank Speiser--spoke on a number of emerging trends they’ve seen from the heaps of social data they monitor.

Below are five points that Kamdar and Speiser think businesses should know about social media:

1. Viral content on Twitter lasts longer than it does on Facebook. “When conte...

Measuring the ROI of your social media efforts

Q: Like so many small business people these days I suppose, I am getting my feet wet with social media. I have a Facebook account and am getting involved in LinkedIn which I like a lot. That all said, I am not sure it is worth all of the effort. How can I tell? — Jan Ask an Expert By Steve Strauss A: This is such an important question for all sorts of reasons. For one, many people find themselves increasingly spending more and ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

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,...

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed because of their unwavering belief, laser focus on delivering and persistence.

Starting a company is a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows, but ...

7 Reasons Some Entrepreneurs Don’t Meet Their Potential

No one ever said being an entrepreneur is easy. Creating your own business and career path is tough — and succeeding in this lifestyle seems to require an elusive mix of traits.

After all, most of the entrepreneurs I know are intelligent. They are hardworking and usually at the top of their given field. However, all too often I’ve watched these smart people go from thriving in the workplace to struggling as a business owner. ...

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