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PepsiCo Invests in 10 Start-Ups

PepsiCo today announced the 10 start-up companies from across Europe that will make up PepsiCo10 – a programme designed to discover and support emerging technology companies. Chosen from submissions of more than 130 impressive and innovative technologies, the 10 winners will now work with some of PepsiCo's leading brands in the U.K., including Walkers and Pepsi, to activate pilot marketing programmes, whilst receiving the support and...

Angels give Swedish app maker new muscles

App developer Brainglass has new financial muscles, after receiving investment from international angels. The Stockholm-based startup announced the investment at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and also revealed that it plans to launch a series of “karaoke-style” education apps. The development of the global app market shows a rising trend in education, and Niss Jonas Carlsson, Brainglass’ CEO and founder, aims to take ...

Investors are pouring funds into big data

Surging enterprise demand for tools that can manipulate and analyze massive volumes of structured and unstructured data has caught investor attention in a big way. Top venture and growth capital firms in recent months have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into companies selling the so-called "big data" technologies. Venture capital firm Accel Partners has even established a $100 million fund to finance the early stages and grow...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The Real Use of the One-Page Business Plan

The question is: There’s been quite a bit written recently about the value of a 1-page business plan. What are your thoughts on this type of plan vs. a thorough document? And my answer: The only problem is confusing the two as if one replaces the other. The 1-pager is a summary of the plan. You can’t have real information on it — milestones, sales growth, headcount, etc. — without a plan that develops that informatio...

10 Items That Will Insure Your Business Plan Is "Not" Considered or Seriously Read by Inve...

I read business plans as a major part of my Consumer Product and Marketing Consulting business. I act as project consultant for several Venture capital firms. I am a Fellow and lecture at the Miami University, Farmer Business School Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. I teach students to write Business Plans. My consulting duties include preparing Business Plans for clients as they seek funding opportunities. There is no definitive, ...

5 Things Wrong With Your Business Plan

If you’ve taken the time to develop a business plan for your start-up business, you are on the right track. You have a roadmap that will help you with decision-making in your new enterprise. Take the time to be sure your business plan doesn’t contain any of the following shortcomings that will prevent your business from being effective. If you need help, check put my three part series on how to write a business plan for even more ad...

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Fund Raising

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

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Marketing & Social Media

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

Using Social Media To Establish Your Brand Online

Everyone has a brand, including you. You’re a freelancer, that right there is the start of your brand. If you are involved in social media at any level, whether personal or professional, you have a brand. Think about it, every time you interact with someone or say something in public, you’re establishing your brand. Did you help someone out? You just established yourself as a helpful person and that adds to your brand. Do you com...

6 Biggest Startup PR Mistakes from Gini Dietrich, author of the PR and marketing blog Spin...

Did you hear about the "green" startup that touted how environmentally conscious it was by sending reporters five identical copies of its press kit, each one filled with nonrecyclable package "popcorn" and a small forest's worth of paper? Needless to say, the startup didn't get any press coverage. In the era of social media, you may think public relations doesn't play a role in your marketing plans. Think again. In fact, thanks to so...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Successful Business Exit Strategies The Best Of The Best

Successful Business Exit Strategies Important From The Very Start When getting your business off the ground it’s important to plan for one of the common successful business exit strategies. Most entrepreneurs will start a business with intentions of building it up and increasing its value so that they may sell it off in the future. The different strategies that are utilized today come with their own list of ups and downs, but it is...

9 Traits of Great Entrepreneurs

A large part of my job involves meeting entrepreneurs, which I love. I meet with a staggering number of them each week. Some you can tell are lemons after five minutes, but a special few make my day (the best part of my day). I recently wondered whether there were any common traits amongst those entrepreneurs who were great. The wonderful thing about venture investing is that it is a science where your experience is cumulative. Simil...

8 reasons why Sweden is a great country for web startups

Have you ever wondered why there are so many Internet startups with roots in Sweden – a country with a rather small population (only 9 million)? For being relatively few people, the country in the north of Europe has been giving birth to a huge number of online services and is home to a lot of innovation in the digital space. And yes, even Twingly has its base in Sweden. In this post we’ll try to highlight a few of the factors th...

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