Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Growth Vouchers

With the start-up scene now widely recognised as a fundamental part of the UK’s economic recovery and future growth, the government continues to put their weight behind small businesses. Lord Young recently announced a £30m allocation for small firms seeking professional advice, aptly named 'Growth Vouchers'. 

Monday, 16 December 2013

“Pitch For the Win” - Amoo’s inaugural start-up event hosted by Goodman Derrick LLP

On Tuesday December 10th 2013 Amoo hosted the first in their series of 'public office hours'. The event format allowed six pre-selected start-ups to pitch their top inhibiting issue to an audience and panel of distinguished individuals with a broad range of professional expertise within the start-up sector covering legal, fundraising, advisory and entrepreneurship.
The inaugural panel consisted of: 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

New Partnership: Angel Investment Network

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Angel Investment Network.

Amoo a specialist in venture capital advisory who supports over a dozen technology, media and telecoms (TMT) businesses from concept to launch each year. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Disrupting two disparate sectors and selling to the market leader

The Amoo Blog is republishing the first part of an interview with Brett Akker who has successfully taken on the car rental and storage sectors.  He shares his approach and the background to selling his first business.
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Continuing Digital Insight's 'Startup Exit' series, Mike Bank interviews the co-founder of Streetcar the car sharing service, Brett Akker.

Brett describes the formation, growth and scaling to eventually sell the business to the global market leader Zipcar.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Why most VCs do not sign NDAs

By Godman Usman (Analyst)

Recently, I read an article titled NDAs: entrepreneurs vs. investors. Which might suggest that some kind of inevitable joust between entrepreneurs and investors will happen over the pedantic issue of signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement aka NDA. In reality that is not the case.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Crowdfunding, an overview with some helpful hints and tips to set you on your way!

Overview: Crowd funding is the mechanism by which startups can gain financing by asking multiple individuals to each give a small investment. The company can set an investment target and once this has been reached they are free to use the capital.

Most notably there are 4 main types of Crowd Funding:
1.     Equity Based: Investors receive a stake in the company. Money given is seen as an investment in shares of the venture
2.     Donation Based: Contributions go towards a charitable cause
3.     Lending Based: Investors are repaid for their investment over a period of time, at an agreed interest rate
4.     Reward Based: Investors receive a tangible item or service in return for their funds.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

From Startup to Exit in 5 years

The Amoo Blog is republishing the first part of an interview with an accountant-turned-entrepreneur who saw a prospective partnership change into an acquisition.

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Welcome to a special edition of Digital Insight. Mike Bank an Angel investor covers one of the most rewarding aspects of the entrepreneur's life that few get to experience: The Exit. Mike meets Omkar Joshi who last week sold his business to the market leader in his sector of Financial Reporting.

The interview is split into four sections:

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Exploring the Venture Capital Advisory Industry

Entrepreneurship is a growing industry, both in the UK and overseas (especially in emerging markets, where the rate of start-up growth is up to around 40 times faster than in developed countries). However, whilst growing numbers of people are interested in becoming entrepreneurs, research suggests only a minority felt they have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to do so. In recent years, around a third of UK start-ups failed in the first three years, more recently, research has highlighted that 20% of the failed companies would have still been in business 2.5 years later if they had taken advice at the outset. Expertise and finance have been emphasised repeatedly as key factors to helping small businesses survive and grow.