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India’s Start-Up Market Lures Google Capital

India’s start-up scene has caught the attention of none other than Google. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google Capital, a division of the U.S. search giant that invests in mid-stage companies, has decided to hire a partner to focus on India. The move marks the first expansion by the fund outside the U.S. Google Ventures, which invests in early stage companies, set up an office in London recently to focus on E...

Indian angel investor Rehan Yar Khan on why he prefers proprietary e-com ventures

One would think that an active angel investor like Rehan Yar Khan would have little to worry about, given the buzz in entrepreneurial activity in India. But the truth is quite the contrary. In a video interview with Techcircle.in, Khan (also the founder of Flora2000 Gifting & Design Pvt Ltd, the company that runs Flora2000.com, an e-commerce site retailing flowers across the globe) shares his favourite investment theme, his note of caut...

India - Venture capital funds have raised Rs 58,936 crore last fiscal as compared with Rs ...

Venture capital funds - both domestic and overseas funds - have raised Rs 58,936 crore last fiscal as compared with Rs 52,688 crore in 2010 - 11, Rs 37,578 crore in 2008 - 09 and Rs 17,621 crore in 2006 - 07, Sebi data show. Early and growth stage funding, an important segment in venture investing, has grown over 40 per cent between 2010 and 2011. Venture capital funds invested $444 million through 156 deals in calendar year 2011 as ag...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

If you're an entrepreneur (or planning to be one) chances are you'll have to give an elevator pitch at some point in your career. What's an elevator pitch, you may ask? It's a 60 second overview of what your business does, made understandable for someone who has never heard of your company before. Imagine you're in an elevator in a high-rise building, going up to the 54th floor. On the 6th floor, in walks an important investor who is...

7 Tips for Persuading Angel Investors to Invest in Your Business

$18 billion dollars. That’s about how much angel investors provide in investment per year in Canada, according to Allan Riding, a leading Canadian expert on angel investing and professor at Carleton University, which is three times the investment rate of institutional venture capital. Yet angel investors typically reject three quarters of investment proposals sight unseen. How do you get an angel investor to invest in your business? W...

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...

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Fund Raising

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...

The UK government launches StartUp Loans for young entrepreneurs, a scheme proposed by Sir...

The government has launched a new scheme offering loans to young entrepreneurs, to help them start-up successful businesses.

The £82.5m StartUp Loans scheme, which was proposed by Sir Richard Branson last year and confirmed in this year’s Budget, will offer finance and support to entrepreneurs aged 18-24, in a bid to kickstart more businesses and tackle youth unemployment in the UK.

Applicants will receive advice and guid...

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

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...

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 ...

How to Get Free Publicity for Your Startup?

Santa Clara: After making the bold step of entering into the competitive world of entrepreneurs, you are most likely to face the challenge of spreading the word about your goods or services to potential customers. One of the best way to get it in a very cost-effective way to build a buzz around your startup is getting coverage in the media, may be local, national or global. This can grow your company's credibility, business relationship...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Bangalore still in race for top ranking start-up ecosystem

The city slipping into the 19th position from the 9th position despite having the best ecosystem for start-ups may soon change based on the response at the Youth to Business Forum organised by AIESEC, a youth run organisation that provides a platform for leadership development, at Jain University. Both young and old businessmen interacted with students offering tips on how to get funds, on the role to play and where to look for that...

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...

Microsoft offers $1 lakh to Indian start-ups

Microsoft said India is a strategic market for it, and also announced a $ one-lakh grant to promote innovation among domestic start-up companies. "Microsoft is happy to reiterate its commitment to India by fostering innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Towards this, we are pleased to launch the 'Microsoft Bizspark India Start-up Challenge' under which four most promising start-ups will share a prize money of $1,00,000," M...

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