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Sebi may announce new norms for angel investors in India

With an aim to encourage entrepreneurship in the country by financing small start-ups, market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) plans to bring in new norms for angel investors, who provide funding to companies at their initial stages. According to proposals being considered by Sebi, angel investors can be allowed to be registered as alternative investment funds (AIFs)—a newly created class of pooled-in investmen...

Nascent Indian VC sector is facing a funding crunch

As an immigration debate rages in the United States, with the cap on tech-savvy Indian immigrants a major point of contention, India’s own venture capital sector is hitting a rough patch. A survey of 40 Indian investors from GSF India, a startup accelerator, found that funding is contracting and the outlook for 2013 is souring. After a steady increase in 2011, venture capital declined by 18 percent to $1.4 billion in 2012. Recent ...

Indian MSMEs allocated ₹10,000-crore VC fund

Referring to Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) as the ‘backbone’ of the economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said his Government proposes to set up a ₹10,000-crore venture capital fund intended to be a catalyst to attract private capital. The fund will “provide equity, quasi-equity, soft loans and other risk capital for start-up companies,” he said. Heeding the long-standing demand of the sector, Jaitley also ann...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Is a business plan necessary when starting a new business?

Absolutely! A simple business plan is important when you are starting a new business because of this: People do not plan to fail, they fail to plan! When you are starting a new business, a business plan is like a road map or map which shows where you are, where you want to go and how you intend on getting there. It is not a rigid plan, but more flexible in meaning and direction. It is also a document where lenders can see your out...

Keeping It Simple: How to make the perfect elevator pitch

When 30-year old Kaushal Dugar returned home from Singapore to join the family's tea business in 2012 in India, he had a clear game plan in mind. The management graduate who was leaving behind a high-profile job at accounting firm KPMG in Singapore, to modernise the traditional tea distribution located in West Bengal's Siliguri district.

He set up an online portal Teabox and decided to raise venture capital to fund it. But what Du...

Writing the Perfect Business Plan

FOR MANY years, it has been believed that every successful business venture begins with a great idea. According to recent developments, however, that statement is partially true; it is now an undisputable fact that successful businesses are based on great business ideas and a great business plan. The business plan is simply the planning and strategy document that tells the story of your business—more specifically, where you want ...

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Fund Raising

8 Categories of Angel Investors

In today’s competitive business world, there are times when you run out of capital funds. The easiest and most convenient source of funding during such times, are the angel investors. This however doesn’t mean that you accept cash from any angel investor. Choosing the right kind of angel investor is also an important consideration. While there are several kinds of angel investors, they can widely be categorized as – angel invest...

A Helpful Guide To Find Business Angel Investors in India

New or budding entrepreneurs in any country have a great impact on their respective nations economies. Through their new and advanced skill of leading a company, various jobs can be created and enormous wealth too can be generated. However, many of the entrepreneurs ideas have become successful because of the financial and professional assistance of Angel Networks. Now you might be thinking what is an angel network? It is a large group ...

A seasoned Angel Investor highlights 4 things investors looks for in the companies they ar...

This was interesting. The speaker, Wade Brooks, is executive director of the Willamette University MBA Angel Investment fund. A couple of nights ago as he shared notes and research with members of the Willamette Angel Conference. These are the top four things Wade and his group looks for in the companies his organization is considering for investment: 1. Entrepreneurial expertise They want people who have been there, team leaders ...

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Marketing & Social Media

Social media continues to gain traction in marketing strategies

MerchantCircle’s latest quarterly Merchant Confidence Index survey found that local merchants, who have limited time and money for marketing, are gravitating toward simple, low-cost online marketing methods such as Facebook and other social media, as well as tried-and-true methods such as search and e-mail marketing. The survey, which was taken by more than 8,500 small and local business owners across the United States, also found ...

Survey: Social Media Is a Must for Business

"As businesses emerge from the downturn, they are increasingly reconsidering pre-recession working practices and opting for more flexible, competitive strategies," says Sande Golgart, a regional vice president for Regus. "More and more companies are leveraging [social media] to increase the loyalty of existing customers and as a successful acquisition tool." Businesses in China and India are leaders in using social media to attract c...

The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising

Imagine that you've just completed version 1 of your product and you're preparing for launch. You’ve greased the wheels with a few bloggers, targeted some keywords with SEO, created a bit of linkbait, and scheduled the press release to launch in the morning. At this point your co-founder turns to you and says: “What are we going to do with the $300 we have stashed away for advertising?” Consider this your lucky day. The goal of th...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Can an entrepreneur start a business in a downturn?

Bangalore: "Starting a business during a recession! Are you crazy?" You may have to face this kind of question if you want to start up a new company in an economic downturn, as many people think starting a business during a recession is a mistake. On the face of it, it does sound utter insane, but there are opportunities to be exploited. If you look at the economic downturns throughout history, you'll find that most recessions after the...

5 Skills & Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Nurture for Success

There are hundreds of thousands of books, blogs, textbooks and journals on what you need to have as an business owner to succeed. Some of these books that try to inspire business owners include everything from Jack Welch’s Straight from the Gut to Good to Great and Built to Last by Jim Collins. In this post, I want to give some practical tips from experience on skills and traits that I have seen that increase the chances of an entre...

Do you know to Bootstrap your Start-Up?

Over $40 million-a-year revenue business that sends more than $1 million to the bank every month in profits, AdventNet, that owns Zoho, was founded by Sridhar Vembu, is a 100 percent bootstrapped company. There was no investment money of any kind but only some family and friends. He along with Tony Thomas, who took a buyout from his job, developed software and started selling it to companies in Silicon Valley. Later, the business expand...

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