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.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

English Business Survey July 2013

The English Business Survey (EBS) surveys 3000 different workplaces every month to gauge the business conditions within England. The EBS is a review of past, current and future conditions. The majority of the results have been given in ‘balance’ terms. Where 'Balances’ are presented, they are the difference between the ’higher’ responses and the ‘lower’ responses, provided by those questioned. Balances provide a summary of the scores for businesses that report, or expect a variable to change.