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New Finnish Startup To Challenge The Likes Of Groupon

Groupon has made coupons hot again and other players in the field are taking advantage of that. A new Finnish start-up Dealium promises to deliver best group discount deals through a mobile app that sorts the offers based on user's geolocation and preferences. In practice, it means that walking through downtown of Helsinki users could browse through group discounts relevant to their needs and purchase the deal directly through their sma...

Funding for Finnish start-ups and growth businesses needs to double or even triple in the ...

In the coming years much more money will be needed to support new growth companies get past the start-up phase, says Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) chairman Artturi Tarjanne. Currently, there is just under a hundred million euros of private investment money available for new growth companies. This equals only about six per cent of the total investment pot that the Finnish private equity firms have at their disp...

2014 was a record year for venture capital investments in Finland

Finns have had few reasons for jubilation in recent years as the national economy has been mired in recession. In one respect, however, Finnish firms are doing better than ever: Last year, they received a record-breaking 462 venture capital investments, over 15 more than in the previous record year of 2008, according to the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA). Altogether, the firms received 690 million euros in venture capi...

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Business Plans & Pitching

7 Ways to Kill a Perfect Investor Pitch

Why do great startups fail to get funding? Often, it’s not because of a business shortcoming or how the entrepreneur presents the company. A wrinkled shirt or a poorly received joke make subliminal impressions. Sometimes, a minor flaw can derail the most well-rehearsed pitch.

To avoid killing your pitch and your growing enterprise, make sure you’re not committing these seven fatal errors:

Not Making Eye Co...

Mistakes To Avoid When Pitching Angel Investors

You need to capture an Angel Investor’s attention immediately with either a great elevator pitch or Executive Summary. You only have one shot so spend the time perfecting your pitch. Make sure your pitch includes the basics; description of the market, what problem the business solves, a successful track record and a experienced management team. There has to be a problem in the marketplace that you are solving or customers will not ...

6 Essentials for Making Your Elevator Pitch Unforgettable

It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to start a new business, trying to make some new contacts, or just trying to drum up some new customers for your company. Your fate often begins and ends with a great elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch, so named because you time it for the trip from one floor to the next, needs to succinctly capture the essence of your company. However, cramming the details of a complex business plan into ...

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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...

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...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

What to Consider When Trying to Market on Social Media

If the last decade has shown us anything, it's that social media is here to stay. As it continues to evolve, it can be difficult for startups and entrepreneurs to determine where to focus their marketing efforts. While there are certainly many options out there when it comes to social media marketing, there is no need to let your plans become derailed by analysis paralysis. Instead, focus on the following steps to launch a successful...

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...

15 Must-Have Marketing Tools for 2015

The "if you build it, they will come" plan won’t get your business seen in 2015. The fact is, 50 percent of companies plan to increase marketing spend in 2015. So what will you do to get exposure and grow your business this year? If you don’t have the budget to assemble a top-tier marketing team, you’ll need some great tools to take your marketing to the next level. To help you reach your marketing goals this year, I’ve put t...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

5 Tools Every Entrepreneur Needs to Increase Productivity

When you’re starting out with your business, there’s so much to focus on, it’s easy to overlook the infrastructure. Building your website, developing products and marketing your company are likely to take up the majority of your days. But it’s also important to have the right tools in place to manage the administrative, client and financial tasks of your new firm. Here are five tools that I've learned over the past year that no ...

Paul deGrandis: 5 tips for navigating startup life

I have been working in tech startups since the age of fifteen and the first “.com” bubble. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest and most influential people in software, building up some of the most successful companies, and helping others move their ideas and dreams forward. Recently, this wealth of experience has started to coalesce into tangible nuggets of advice; easily consumed heuristics of how to nav...

4 Things Steve Jobs Taught Me About Succeeding as an Entrepreneur

He’s been deemed “the greatest marketer of all time.” There are countless stories of his outbursts and his stubbornness, but also of his iconic innovation, his inspirational personality (for some) and his revolutionary methods in everything from product design to branding. Ever since I got my first Apple II when I was 12, I knew that someday I wanted to go work for “the guy who made that.” I dropped out of grad school after...

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