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Budget 2011: Chancellor to refocus R&D tax credits

The Treasury is considering increasing the research and development tax credit for small technology companies to 200pc, Sir James Dyson has said.

The Conservative Party adviser and founder of household appliances group Dyson said more generous tax breaks for technology companies and the investors financing them could feature in the Chancellor’s March Budget.

“I believe they are considering the rise in tax c...

Irish entrepreneur Conall Lavery has been named as the HBAN Business Angel of the Year

Irish entrepreneur Conall Lavery has been named as the HBAN Business Angel of the Year following a voting process among the Irish angel investment community. He received his award from HBAN national director Diane Roberts and Dragons' Den investor Gavin Duffy. HBAN Investor Syndicates is the all-island angel investment network which operates under the auspices of InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland. Lavery is a co-founder of...

European Venture Capital Activity Down 28% In The First Half Of 2011

If you needed more proof that the venture capital industry here in Europe is struggling to keep up, here are some new facts and figures from Dow Jones VentureSource to prove there’s most certainly no bubble in these parts. According to DJV, European venture-backed companies have raised 2.2 billion euros through 447 deals in the first half of this year, a 28 percent decline in deal activity from the first half of 2010. Yes, that...

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Business Plans & Pitching

What Angel Investors Look For in a Pitch

Angel investors can be demanding. But there’s no reason for founders to be anxious about the pitch if they know exactly what angel investors are looking for. And here’s the secret: more than the information about the startup embedded in the presentation, angel investors want to see that you’re in control. If you’re invited to pitch the New York Angels, you’ll have 15 minutes, some of which might be reserved for Q&A. With a ...

How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

Just about everyone has heard of the elevator pitch – that succinct summation of what you do that piques the interest of a potential customer or investor. Of course, in the Internet age, the elevator pitch has been shortened to the escalator pitch, then the Twitter pitch. As a result, a person has to adapt to the situation they're in. So, what do you do when you’re hit with the inevitable question "what do you do?” Do you capti...

The 4 Laws To A Perfect Elevator Pitch (And How To Create One)

If you’ve been in the business world for any length of time then you’ve probably heard about the elevator pitch. But have you heard of the four laws of the elevator pitch? And have you heard that if you ignore these laws your elevator pitch will fall flat on its face and investors will ignore you? You probably don’t want that to happen. And convincing investors to listen to you is not easy to do. But if you obey the following law...

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Fund Raising

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

8 Startup Gaps That Will Frustrate Funding Efforts

A while back I received a discouraging note from an entrepreneur with a patent and a medical software application who couldn’t find a dime of investment, and was grousing that seed funding just wasn’t available anymore. After exchanging a couple of notes, I concluded that she was more likely a victim of item #1 on my reject list below, rather than a drought on seed funding.

Too many people still believe the urban myth th...

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Marketing & Social Media

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

How To Protect Your Business From Social Media Pitfalls

While more small businesses are using social media, not all of them are using it wisely. Social media use by small businesses with fewer than 100 employees surged from 44% to 53% this year, according to the SMB Group’s 2012 Small and Medium Social Business Study.

Businesses need to take a strategic approach to avoid common pitfalls and maximize their social media investments. Let’s look at a few do’s and don’ts that ap...

5 Tips for Integrating Social Media Into Your Next Business Event

I remember my first exposure to the world of event marketing. I was interning at a record label in New York in 2001 and I was tasked to comb the Harlem neighborhood surrounding the then-hot restaurant/lounge Jimmy’s Uptown with promotional flyers. There was a young R&B singer by the name of John Stephens (better known as John Legend) set to perform that night, and label management wanted to make sure everyone coming to the show knew a...

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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 Lifestyle Tips to Be a Healthy Entrepreneur

Let’s be honest: Living the life of an entrepreneur can take a huge toll on your health. Amid the long days of work and erratic scheduling, it’s difficult to find time to exercise or plan a healthy meal. However, it’s incredibly important to make a healthy lifestyle a priority, especially for entrepreneurs. You’ll find that your mood, productivity, energy levels, and happiness will all improve as a result. With that in mind, ...

Why Steve Jobs was an inspiration for entrepreneurs

I became a dyed-in-the-wool Apple user by accident. When I was a technology reporter, Apple lent me a MacBook, which was a major coup, given the company was very stingy about handing out evaluation units. And whereas most computer makers were happy to let you use an evaluation for a long time (sometimes, forever), Apple wanted the MacBook back in a week. MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY Social media not taking wind out of e-mail's sa...

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