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Sci0042: What Investors Look For – Part 6: Broad Horizons

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Continuing in our series on what investors look out for when evaluating a start-up, this week we look at the importance of global thinking. Investors are increasingly looking for a start-up’s ability to think on a global scale. This is especially relevant for a country with as small a market as Singapore. Entrepreneurs in a larger market like the USA, ...

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Ideabase Analysis 8: The Hotbox

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Breakdown Description Company Name The Hot Box Website http://www.thehotbox.com.sg Problem and Solution Anyone who’s stayed on a campus that’s more or less removed from the rest of society, pulled all-nighters and had hunger pangs kicking in at a time when everywhere that sells food is closed, knows the pain of having to resort to junk food from vending machines or ...

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Sci0041: What Investors Look For – Part 5: Money Talks

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Our previous article looked at the importance of having a business plan that sets out realistic and achievable goals. Related to this is the issue of how you and your team plan to make use of the funds that you have raised. Investors will be paying very close attention to how your funds are allocated – after all, part of ...

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Art0049 – Entrepreneurship in the Dot Com Era (Part 1)

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After taking a look at various factors that make up the art of entrepreneurship, today we begin a new series – lessons learnt from the dot com days. The transition to a knowledge-based economy in the 1990s saw a lot of enthusiasm regarding how this new economic environment would work. Consequently, there was a spike in the number of people ...

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Sci0040: What Investors Look For Part 4 – Feasibility of Transforming Your Plan into a Business

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Previously, we have discussed the importance of having a good, detailed business plan. Potential investors will also be looking out for how realistic your plan is. Many entrepreneurs have very well thought-out plans with aggressive numbers. While this could be seen as a sign of confidence in one’s business plan, investors often prefer more conservative scenarios. Your business plan, therefore, ...

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Art0048: Negotiating the Head and the Heart

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Previously, we raised the importance of utilising one’s gut feeling when it comes to making decisions, using the heart to make decisions that seem to defy logic yet yield favourable results. One of the questions you may have is, how do you know when to listen to your heart, and when to listen to your head? The truth is that ...

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Taking Out The Competition May Not Always Be The Solution.

We’ve always been told to take on the competition and to take them out. What if there is another way to go about doing things? What if instead of taking them out, we can make it a win win situation? Well that is what the TUKAR programme is all about. Instead of removing the ‘Kedai Runcits’(small provision shops) in the ...

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Art0047: When the Head and Heart Disagree

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The entrepreneur’s gut instinct is a very important tool in their arsenal. It may be able to see trouble a mile away. But in some cases you may not be able to express it in time to save the company. Take the time to reflect and to listen to your gut instincts. It may be giving you the signals to ...

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Sci0039 – What Investors Look For Part 3? Getting Into Details

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In our last article we wrote about how important it is to investors to see a strong business plan. We spoke about certain key areas that they look for, namely: opportunities, threats, market size and market share, customers, marketing strategy, competitors, suppliers, risk analysis, financial plan, and cash flow. Today, we will look at them in detail, to see where ...

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Idea Analysis Week 10: Jack On The Block

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Breakdown Description Company Name Jack On The Block Website http://www.jackonblock.com/ Problem Finding the right people to help you with household fixes can be a really big pain, especially if you have moved to a new area. Looking for a carpenter, electrician or even a plumber can be really difficult, especially someone who has a reputation and is sure to provide ...

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