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Irish start-ups and SMEs raised €401m in venture capital funding in 2014

Irish start-ups and SMEs raised €401 million from investors in last year, up some 41 per cent on the previous year, according to an Irish Venture Capital Association VenturePulse survey. The survey shows 2014 was the best year for Irish SMEs raising venture capital in the last decade, and up significantly from 2013, when €285 million was raised. Among the SMEs which raised money last year were business software firm Intercom, ...

Enterprise Ireland is now Europe's biggest VC fund

That was the proclamation of Frank Ryan, the former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, in 2011. While there are some who may question the State taking such a large role in startup investments, it is hard to argue with the results. Enterprise Ireland-backed companies exported over €17bn of goods and services in 2013 and the organisation announced record employment figures during the week, revealing that it supported the creation of almost 8,50...

94 Irish firms received a total of €59m from Enterprise Ireland-backed funds in 2013

The amount of venture capital funding invested in Irish companies from Enterprise Ireland-backed funds rose by 9% last year. The upward trend in the value of investments from Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programmes saw 94 companies receive a total €59m in 2013. In 2012, 10 fewer companies received venture capital funding totalling €54m from these funds. Commenting on the figures released yesterday, Jobs Minis...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The formula for the perfect Y Combinator startup pitch

Two and a half minutes. That’s how much time the influential tech incubator Y Combinator gives startup founders to deliver a perfectly crafted pitch to an auditorium packed with investors and journalists. With a record 114 startups in its current class, Y Combinator split its startup demos into two days at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. After sitting through 59 pitches yesterday—with almost as many to g...

How to Nail Your Investor Pitch

You spend months planning for an investor pitch, and the average investor takes just five minutes to decide whether they’ll back you or not. Disheartening, but true. Investors don’t want to show you their hand, but we recently got the inside scoop from a no-holds-barred forum which connected several investors and seasoned CFOs, like Joanie Nevins, a serial CFO, and Tim O’Loughlin, a partner at Eastward Capital, the venture debt...

6 Presentation Tips For Your Next Start-Up Pitch

John Brandon, contributing editor of Inc.com, recently published this incredibly insightful article titled The Key Ingredient to Every Successful Startup Pitch. In it he discusses his one ingredient for success when it comes to a start-up pitch. While John’s tip (which we’ve outlined below) is sure to make your start-up stand out from the crowd, there are a few other top tips to take into account if you want your pitch to be s...

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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...

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...

Why 99% of Business Plans Will Never Be Funded by Angel Investors

Being a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, I have seen my share of business plans. We receive around 600 every month, yet frustratingly, most are incomplete, unrealistic, exaggerated - or the product and market simply have not been researched thoroughly enough. One has been five lines long; another, 250 pages. But neither told us what we needed or wanted to know. I'm still waiting to have one land on my desk where I do...

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Marketing & Social Media

Social Media Engagement: 5 Steps to Improve Brand Image

Traditional advertising was based on the model of reaching thousands or even millions of people at one time, through print, radio, and ultimately television. There was little to no interaction with these consumers and the brand relied solely on gaining traction in the marketplace through recognition. With the advent of the internet, advertising has evolved and the main thrust of a successful campaign today often hinges on content mar...

8 Ways to Build Trust on Social Media

There are dozens of factors that contribute to the size, loyalty, and engagement rates of your audience on social media, and whether you're interested in building an audience for a personal brand or a corporate one, improving those metrics is often your key to success. You can objectively measure the number of followers your brand has, and execute strategies that increase that number, but if you want to build an audience that truly care...

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

Techstars Mentors Share Their Advice for Startups

A startup accelerator will cost you a percentage of your company’s equity – or sometimes actual cold, hard cash – for one reason: mentors. Last summer, Kellogg School of Management professor and angel investor Andrew Razeghi sat in on all the mentor presentations at Techstars Chicago, one of the country’s top-ranked accelerators. The result was Bend the Curve, a book coming out today with the top lessons from 22 Techstars me...

5 lessons from Guy Kawasaki on startups

In his new book "Art of the Start 2.0," entrepreneur and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki writes that launching a startup is easier and more democratic than ever, which is mostly a good thing. He also talked to us about tech bubbles, his old boss Steve Jobs’ presentation magic, and how sucking up to VCs is going away. You can't beat this for getting schooled at the ultimate startup: Guy Kawasaki, as a former chief evangelist at Appl...

The 17 Skills Required to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

There’s a question that haunts every would-be entrepreneur – and many actual entrepreneurs – every day: “How do I know if I have what it takes?” Yes, the Internet is full of ideas, tips, tricks and even awesome quotes. But do you actually have the skills? Find out -- here are 17 skills every entrepreneur must have to be successful. 1. The ability to manage money. Very simply, if you can’t manage money, you can’t manage...

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