entrepreneur education

Introduction To Private Investment

Definition: Angel (also known as private) investing is equity finance. An angel investor is a high net worth individual who makes use of their personal disposable finance to invest into start-up and early stage business opportunities. The investor would normally take shares...

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Proof Of Concept

Proof of concept is the evidence, typically deriving from an experiment or pilot project, which demonstrates that a design concept, business proposal, etc. is feasible. In the field of business, proof-of-concept helps to establish the viability of a commercial idea. It isolates potential issues and helps founders and possible investors understand the overall direction of the business.

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Valuations – Pre- & Post-Money

Definition: Valuation is an estimation of the worth of something, especially one carried out by a professional valuer. In the startup funding world, pre-money valuation refers to the value of a company not including external funding or the latest round of funding. In contrast, post-money includes outside financing or the latest capital injection..

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EIS/SEIS – UK Investment Tax Incentives

Definition: EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) are tax efficient investing schemes created by the UK government to encourage direct investment into early stage businesses. Private investors into early stage businesses in the UK can partially offset..

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Building Value For Investors – Start With Your Value Proposition

Definition: Value proposition refers to a business or marketing statement that a company uses to summarise why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement convinces a potential consumer that one product or service will add more value or better solve a problem than other similar offerings will. Building a great product does not necessarily...

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Key Legal Issues For Tech Start-Ups

Setting up a tech business can be a relatively quick process. In the run-up to launch, key legal issues, which ideally should be addressed at an early stage, can easily be overlooked. However, it is important to bear the following issues in mind from the outset, to minimise risk and maximise the value of your investment. Structure of the business...

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Intellectual Property (IP) UK Law

Every business will own some sort of intellectual property. It could be anything from the product, service, designs, creative branding or know-how. Surprisingly, many businesses fail to protect their assets in the early stages. Before they know it, their intellectual property has been stolen and their reputation damaged. Ownership of IP rights is a neglected aspect of running a business. But when it comes to...

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Share Options

Definition: Share option is a benefit in the form of an option given by a company to an employee to buy a share in the company at a discount or at a stated fixed price. Stock Option Plans permit employees to share in the company’s success without requiring a startup business to spend precious cash. In fact, Stock Option plans can contribute capital to a company as employees pay the exercise price for their options...

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Rights Issues

A rights offering is a group of rights offered to existing shareholders to purchase additional stock shares, known as subscription warrants, in proportion to their existing holdings. Rights are often transferable, allowing the holder to sell them in the open market. A rights issue is an invitation to existing shareholders to purchase additional new shares in the company. More specifically, this type of issue...

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Investment Value Proposition

Definition: Investment Value proposition refers to a set of business statements that a company uses to summarise why an investor should take part in the investment offering – which can be in the form of an elevator pitch. These statements convince a potential investor that their investment product will provide greater value than other similar offerings. The statement would...

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What makes a good deck – pitching for success

Definition: A pitch deck is a brief presentation, often created using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, used to provide your audience with a quick overview of your business plan. You will usually use your pitch deck during face-to-face or online meetings with potential investors, customers...

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investor readiness

Five Things Investors Look For

The world of start-ups sounds very exciting, and it can be if you back a winner; but the reality is most start-ups fail. With a plethora of opportunities being presented to us daily via various crowdfunding platforms, how does one find the time to understand the deals in order to make a sounds investment decision. Here are five keys things you should look for before investing into any start-up:

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Are You Investor Ready?

So, you’re thinking about putting your business in front of investors to encourage a cash injection. It looks great… on the surface. New concept, obvious market, scalable… but apart from the brief, what do your investors really know about your business idea? What questions will investors ask and need answered before they are truly confident of hitting the “invest” button? These...

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Respecting Investors & Post-Investment Communications

It is very important that entrepreneurs have in place a strong communications plan for their investors. The more engaged investors are in a venture, the stronger and more beneficial the relationship can become. Of course, every business and each investor is different. It is therefore imperative that your...

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Essentials In A Deck

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and have got some traction. Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distil and communicate your plan for investors to see the full potential...

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raising funds

What funding suits you?

There are many ways to fund a business, particularly when entrepreneurs by their very nature are so resourceful. Below we have outlined the most common methods. It is important to carefully consider the stage your business is at, when you are looking at which method of funding might suit you. Businesses at the very early stage for example, will need to establish some proof...

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Types of Funding Round

There are reams of articles about businesses looking to raise money in different types of funding rounds. Here we look at the different types of funding rounds out there and explain a little about each one? Definition: a funding round is the occasion in which money is raised for a business from one or more investors. These rounds are often referred...

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SEIS & EIS Explained

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are government initiatives offering some of the most attractive tax breaks available in the UK. The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) provides tax incentives in the form of a variety of income tax and capital gains tax reliefs to investors who invest in smaller, unquoted, trading companies...

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Benefits Of A Nominee Share Structure

Investors unfortunately will understand the difficulties, sometimes, associated with contacting the start-up or early stage company they are investing money into. For the investor, there can be miscommunication, it can be hard to maintain voting rights, and there are often no investor...

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