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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

Hong Kong at 'tipping point' of becoming fast-growing and dynamic start-up ecosystem

Hong Kong is rolling out the welcome mat to a new-generation of fearless and innovative entrepreneurs as the city hopes to create a dynamic ecosystem for start-ups, experts said at the South China Morning Post's inaugural Game Changers forum. Robin Hu, SCMP Group Chief Executive, said there was plenty of reasons for the city to be optimistic about embracing movers and shakers into the local economy. "These entrepreneurs are game c...

A Pinterest Investor Describes His Worst Deal Ever

Angels and venture capitalists strike out much more often than they hit home runs. Before Brian Cohen became one of Pinterest’s early investors, he bought into a business marketing insurance policies to pet owners to cover veterinary care. Cohen, now chairman of the New York Angels, has just published What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know (McGraw-Hill (MHP), 2013), with co-author John Kador. He recently told me about the pet ins...

Social Media Bubble: Investors See More Signs That It is Popping

Social media companies, once hailed by their Silicon Valley boosters as world-changing businesses with limitless potential, are instead proving a sobering reminder of how investors can be seduced by Internet hype. With a few exceptions, the first wave of social media firms to trade on the public markets has delivered a disastrous performance that conjures memories of the dot-com bust of 2000. "Farmville" publisher Zynga, which wen...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How One Slide Can Save Your Investor Pitch

As every entrepreneur knows, Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors and very busy people. Many have very short attention spans and pitch meetings can be very chaotic and unstructured. This can be a real problem when you are in the middle of an investor pitch, just about to get to the most compelling slide and either you are told ‘time is up’ or you realize they have stopped listening as they type away on their smartphone. Right ...

10 Tips from NEST on Perfecting Your Pitch to Angel Investors

It’s your moment in the limelight. You’re facing a panel of angel investors and you have just 10 minutes to convince them that your startup is worth backing. If you succeed, you’ll be given HK $500,000 along with mentorship, marketing, legal and accounting support – everything you need to jump start your business. How well prepared are you? We’re sharing 10 tips on creating the best pitch possible. 1. Prepare your elevator...

How to Give an Elevator Pitch

If you've got 60 seconds, you've got enough time to make an elevator pitch. The objective of an elevator pitch is to entice the listener to learn more--to ask to see your resume if you're talking to them about a job, your business plan if you're a start-up looking for financing or set an appointment if you're a salesperson. The pitch should be pithy, punchy and to the point. In this case, the focus is on finding investors. Step 1 Bo...

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Fund Raising

8 Great Tips To Attract Business Angels

Most of people believe that the essential role of business angels is to provide funds but they are people who can financially afford to indulge their love of risk. Also, with their experience will bring you some valuable industry experience, creative ideas, executive knowledge and contacts. In order to convince them to give you their support, we present you some useful guidelines: • Focus on your research By finding the perfect a...

How to do market and competitor research that wins investment

Regardless of whether it’s an angel investor or venture capitalist you are approaching, every funder will narrow things down to one major question: “Who is your target market and who are you competing against?” This is the warning of Alex Fraser, who drives home the fact that preparing a market and competitor analysis is a vital part of any business plan or pitch deck. Fraser is based at at InvenFin, an early stage capital c...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

6 Social Media Practices That Boost SEO

Social media marketing and SEO are two tightly interwoven strategies. Both are organic, inbound strategies that focus on building an appealing identity that naturally attracts visitors. Since social media relies on high-quality content and a visible, strong brand presence, the efforts you spend on SEO can doubly improve your social media reach, and as most search marketers will tell you, your social media presence can greatly increase y...

12 Ideas for Growing Your Brand on Social Media

What is the single smartest thing you have ever done on social media — ever — to grow your company’s brand? (Be specific!) The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start...

SEO for Startups: 5 Rules to Apply Now

If you have recently launched a new company, let me go ahead and introduce you to your new best friend … It’s SEO! The goal of search engine optimization is to get your website to appear in the search engine results listings whenever users enter certain phrases into their search boxes. For example, if you run a pet training tips website, you want your site to appear at the top of the results whenever a search user enters “pet t...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Hong Kong needs more risk-takers to nurture start-up culture

Is the younger generation in Hong Kong unwilling to take risks to start their own business these days? This is clearly one of the strongest arguments that I have heard in the debate on why we haven't seen the next big thing like Xiaomi, known as the Apple of China, in Hong Kong. The typical local success story we often hear is how a bright young student goes through several rounds of interviews at a big developer or bank and lands a ...

6 Things That Change When You Become an Entrepreneur

Many people get excited about entrepreneurship because the notion of "working for yourself" or "being your own boss" is appealing. While in principle this notion is sound, it implies that when you become an entrepreneur, you are still, in some way, an employee -- just an employee of yourself rather than anyone else. I don't agree with this presumption. Being an entrepreneur is a completely different universe from being an employee, a...

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...

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