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5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital

5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
The founder's primary job is stretching those first funds to afford a team, a prototype and a marketing plan.

One of my favorite consulting services is advising founders on how to build their startups.

I work with a founder who knows what problem he wants his startup to solve and asked for advice on how to work with potential investors to raise capital.

He has persuaded some investors to write checks and as the money rolls into his bank account, he is turning his attention to using that capital most effectively.

Based on the hundreds of entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the seven in whom I've invested, I know that there are plenty of traps to avoid at this stage. Among the most dangerous is a founder's desire to build what he believes to be the perfect product. But what if he spends every waking moment coding, only to realize that all his seed capital is gone and his startup has no paying customers?

 Here are five steps that founders should take to make sure they turn their seed capital into a paying customer. Read more: click image or title.
 

 

 Find or list funding opportunities:

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How to attract #seedfunding? What is expected?

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Watch Out for These 9 Seed Funding Gotchas

Watch Out for These 9 Seed Funding Gotchas | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Don't rush into fundraising too early or without a plan.

The reality is most startups need to raise funding to grow, and to become real companies. It's not typical that a company can make money if it doesn’t fundraise, and certainly very unlikely that anyone will make any money if your company does not grow.

One of the objectives of the companies going through Techstars and other accelerators is to secure financing. Most companies are coming in to focus on accelerating their businesses and then securing capital to continue to accelerate growth. So we love it when companies get funding.

But we’ve seen a clear pattern with the companies that rush into funding too early. Why? Here are the nine gotchas of seed funding that will help you understand what goes wrong. Read more: click on image or title.




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Are you ready for funding? Read through this article and find out what is missing and how to approach investors, angel investors or VC's.

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Start-up Pitch Deck - PowerPoint Presentation to Raise Venture Capital or Angel Investor Funding

Start-up Pitch Deck - PowerPoint Presentation to Raise Venture Capital or Angel Investor Funding | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
PowerPoint Presentation for VC fundraising: Pitch Deck Samples
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

PowerPoint presentations have to be used very carefully. I do like the ten topics that need to be addressed in a presentation, however, it's not the function of the Powerpoint to explain it all, it's up to the presenter to provide the information. The Powerpoint is there only to show the structure of the presentation. It should not be the place to contain a lot of content and explanation.


Follow the structure of a Business Plan Template to create your presentation. Here's a free one, to get started: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html

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What are the early symptoms that a startup is going to fail?

What are the early symptoms that a startup is going to fail? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 29): I'm sure there are plenty more out there, but I look for these:

1. No demonstrated user need. For example, consider 3D movies and TV.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This is a question on Quora with some great answers, very informative for startups, much to learn here. Please discuss.


Do you still need to write that business plan? Start at least with a 'Free Business Plan Template': http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html



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11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About

11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
You already know you're unstoppable. Here's how to get the cash to prove it.

In 2014, there were close to 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, a 68 percent increase since 1997, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express. This percentage increase exceeded the national average of small business growth by 1.5 times.

It also illustrated what we already know: Women entrepreneurs are having a tremendous impact on the small business landscape nationwide.

Yet to continue to be competitive and grow, these entrepreneurs have to find funding for their ventures. And, alarmingly, women entrepreneurs are increasingly being turned away by banks for small business loans. Thankfully, they still have other options, given the rise of technology-driven financial lending sources -- such as online loans, peer-to-peer loans and crowdfunding.

Then there are government grants. While not widely known or used, these grants are another great option for women seeking extra funding for their business ventures. They just take a little more work. Read more: click on image or title.


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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Another option to get your business started is to obtain a #grant.

This article offers a good introduction and has a list for #women

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JOBS Act green light unlikely until fall

JOBS Act green light unlikely until fall | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Signed into law in April of 2012, the JOBS Act has created much buzz within the start-up industry. The act lays out provisions meant to help businesses raise money directly through ordinary investo...


On the SEC's timing, and the aspect of FRAUD in Crowdfunding!

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent information!


New to Crowdfunding:? Here is an article with some of the basics: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding.html

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6 Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer

6 Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
What investors, mentors and advisers look for in business plans.
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www.Business-Funder-Insider.com provides information and articles to improve your business presentations.


Get your free Business Plan Template here: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html


or check our 'Growthink's Business Plan Template Review'
Can you write your business plan in 8 hrs or less? http://www.business-funding-insider.com/business-plan-template.html

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Startup Professionals Musings: 5 Startup Concepts That are Not the Next Big Thing

Startup Professionals Musings: 5 Startup Concepts That are Not the Next Big Thing | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
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I choose to spread this article, real innovation is what is needed.

Get some good advice on funding for startups here: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com


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