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Finance minister promises support for industry-academia cooperation

"In the coming decade, the Israeli government will invest resources in collaborations with academic institutions. We intend to inject government capital into high-tech companies that will cooperate with academic research institutes, in order to promote Israeli high tech," said Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz at the Landmark Ventures Israel Dealmakers Summit in Tel Aviv today.

Steinitz also discussed the plan for encouraging ins...

Ashton Kutcher Promotes His Tech Investments on TV show Two and a Half Men

Ashton Kutcher is leveraging his new gig on Two and a Half Men to provide exposure for some of his most prominent startup investments — via the back of his laptop. Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen after Sheen's public meltdown, plays a heartbroken Internet billionaire named Walden Schmidt. So far, viewers have been receptive to the switch: Kutcher's debut episode last week drew an astounding 28.7 million viewers, while this week...

Hong Kong is Asia's premier start-up hub according to angel investor Doug Richard

The nation’s eyes were firmly set on China last week as David Cameron took his merry band of entrepreneurs on a trade mission to Beijing. But it is Hong Kong that is the number one start-up city in Asia, says the former Dragons' Den investor and founder of School for Startups.

Last week, Hong Kong embraced its fast-growing entrepreneur community with the first StartmeupHK Week – a major project backed by the Hong Kong go...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How to Write a Business Plan

People often ask me what's the first step in starting a new business. It all begins with a professional business plan. Developing a business plan is critical to securing startup capital and in guiding the company once it is established. The business plan explains what the company will be, who will operate it (and what their experience level is), the competitive landscape in the local area, and its unique selling points that hopefull...

10 Guidelines for Angel Funding Presentations

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor preparation. If you start by pitching your extended life story...

7 Tips for Persuading Angel Investors to Invest in Your Business

$18 billion dollars. That’s about how much angel investors provide in investment per year in Canada, according to Allan Riding, a leading Canadian expert on angel investing and professor at Carleton University, which is three times the investment rate of institutional venture capital. Yet angel investors typically reject three quarters of investment proposals sight unseen. How do you get an angel investor to invest in your business? W...

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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...

A seasoned Angel Investor highlights 4 things investors looks for in the companies they ar...

This was interesting. The speaker, Wade Brooks, is executive director of the Willamette University MBA Angel Investment fund. A couple of nights ago as he shared notes and research with members of the Willamette Angel Conference. These are the top four things Wade and his group looks for in the companies his organization is considering for investment: 1. Entrepreneurial expertise They want people who have been there, team leaders ...

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Marketing & Social Media

Five reasons marketers are still doing social wrong

So many years ago, social media was created for people to connect, share their lives with friends (close and far) and sometimes unfortunately spout off inappropriate political and social opinions. What was once shared over a phone call, is now broadcast for a larger set of friends. It was a needed evolution to communications, as our world got flatter, broader and more mobile.

And as marketers, where there are people, there n...

Social media continues to gain traction in marketing strategies

MerchantCircle’s latest quarterly Merchant Confidence Index survey found that local merchants, who have limited time and money for marketing, are gravitating toward simple, low-cost online marketing methods such as Facebook and other social media, as well as tried-and-true methods such as search and e-mail marketing. The survey, which was taken by more than 8,500 small and local business owners across the United States, also found ...

5 Great New Social Media Strategies

Most business owners understand the basic premise of social media marketing today, which is that linking your website to your company presence on other social networking hubs (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter) is more effective than just getting a lot of SEO for your site. Consequently, I spend a lot of time advising small businesses on how to create and maintain their Facebook Pages, and how best to improve their LinkedIn presen...

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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...

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 ...

China’s Entrepreneur Confidence Index slightly up in Q1

China's Entrepreneur Confidence Index (ECI) continued to rise in the first quarter of this year, up 2.1 percentage points from the fourth quarter last year to 76.3 percent, according to a survey conducted by the People's Bank of China, or the central bank. The ECI is a gauge of the understanding, views and projections of business people. Meanwhile, China's business climate index, a major measure of macro economic outlook, edged do...

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