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:
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...
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...
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...
Seeking investment funding is not easy but it’s a crucial way to get the capital you need to run and grow your businesses. However, there are a number of common legal mistakes startup founders can easily make while seeking investment funding; mistakes that can derail...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
We are often asked what the key elements of a successful funding campaign are. In truth, there is no secret formula and every campaign is different. Financially speaking, below are some of the key things that investors look at when considering investment into a business...Read More
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...Read More