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Sci0016 – The Three Rules of Thumb for Fund Raising

If you ask any entrepreneur, he will tell you what a challenging task it is to raise funds for a start-up. As it is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is also one area where many entrepreneurs fail. In fact, it is probably one of the first tests of whether the entrepreneur can successfully transform an idea into a business. ...

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Sci0015 – What You Need to Know When Negotiating with Investors

Once the negotiations of the term sheet have been concluded and the key commercial terms of the investment have been agreed upon, the next important step is to put it all down on paper in the form of a formal, legal and enforceable agreement, which all parties need to sign. This is called an investment agreement, a shareholder agreement, or ...

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Sci0014 – Playing the Investor Game

If your project is really very unique, many investors will be knocking on your door. It is very important not to react too quickly to initial requests by potential investors to sign the term sheet. Any signs of excitement and eagerness to sign them on will lead to the investors having the upper hand, leaving the entrepreneur with less options, ...

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Sci0014 – The Presentation of the Plan- Is It All That Matters?

The following account sheds light on how important it is to translate a business plan into a presentation and the way it can bring about success for any entrepreneur. The significance of the way an entrepreneur presents the business plan cannot be understated. As the old adage says ‘first impressions are the last’, this is something that holds true as ...

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Sci0013 – How Many And Whom Should Be Targeted To Get Smart Money?

I would caution against sending the teaser business plan to too many people. Be very targeted and do enough homework to shortlist the VCs who are likely to be interested in your type of industry and project. For example, there is little point in sending a teaser to a company that rarely invests in capital-intensive companies, or those who only ...

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Sci0012 – The Real Business Plan

A well written plan is one that can communicate the vision, strategies and tactics the team is planning for the company, and if done correctly, will ensure the best chance of attracting serious investors. – Mr Inderjit Singh, The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship. The biggest challenge entrepreneurs come across in the process of earning footing for their fledging enterprise ...

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Sci0011 – The Fundraising Plan

After putting everything together and getting started, you may be looking to get funding for your startup next. This step has to be done professionally. Your investors need to know that they are backing a professional team and at the same time the team also has to benefit from the whole funding exercise and not get shortchanged. Depending on what ...

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Sci0010 – Putting in Your Money and Starting

This week we look at what it takes for an entrepreneur to gain a venture capitalist (VCs) confidence to invest in a start-up business and how other investors can be influenced through self-financing a business. One factor crucial to the success of a business in terms of investments is making the right financial moves. Only the entrepreneur is fully aware ...

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