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Scaling Up

4 Indicators to look for before scaling up your venture

If one were to decipher the start up world from a media coverage perspective, it would probably starts with funding and you guessed it right- end with news on funding. The investment lifecycle for VC’s lasts for around 7 years, at which point returns generated from the portfolio is looked into. It is during this harvesting period that investors expect their ventures to offer returns at levels that are in pursuant to the risk undertaken. Hence it becomes imperative for start-ups, especially those funded, to ramp up operations at levels that are profitable. However, before expanding, founders should analyze how

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5 Steps to Crowdfunding Success

Crowdfunding can be loosely defined as the activity of leveraging a large pool of people and raising small amounts of money from them to fund an idea or business proposition. The global crowdfunding industry according to research doubled to over $34 billion in 2015 and is poised to overtake VC investment numbers by the end of this year. While crowdfunding is an extremely popular and interesting investment seeking method, raising money is never easy and requires a well planned strategy to be in place. We have highlighted five key steps, which if activated properly by entrepreneurs can improve chances of crowdfunding success. STEP

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Startup Funding Roadmap – Pitching to Investors

Business Focus

Common Pitfalls Encountered by Small Businesses while Conducting Market Research

Risks are part of any business and with limited resources, business owners and entrepreneurs realize that risks needs to be calculated and mitigated. Employing market research helps at times to sort out risks involved in a business. The advantages of market research for small businesses range from finding hidden niches and preserving capital to building customer loyalty and identifying greater business opportunities. Before taking the initiatives to understand customer needs and wants through market research, it is important to identify common pitfalls and challenges encountered by startups and small businesses. High Costs:  The biggest challenge small business owners face is

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Major Barriers for Young Entrepreneurs

We have been doing a lot of research to identify the key factors that stop young people from taking the leap into the entrepreneurial pool and starting their own business. Barriers in the business environment can have a negative impact on entrepreneurs, who generally lack experience and access to professional networks. Some of the socio-cultural aspects that limit young entrepreneurs from living their dream are listed below. Social and Cultural attitudes It has been analyzed that there is a lack of positive attitude to entrepreneurship in various economies, where entrepreneurship can be viewed as a viable career choice. The educational system

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Identify whether you are an Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur

Motivational quotes, one-liners, videos and stories about entrepreneurship or lunching of a new venture are all across the globe, possibly to ignite fire in the belly of people with aspiration, new thoughts and ideas. In reality, aspiration and determination are not enough to be a successful entrepreneur, it takes a lot more than that. Coming up with a unique or new idea is a great starting point, the execution of that idea is far more important. This has led to a growing number of “Wantrepreneurs” – people who initially show enthusiasm in identifying and discussing ideas, but at the end

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Organic Growth Strategies for Start-ups

Every business should have a specific growth strategy in order to survive, progress and earn revenues. Businesses without growth strategies can be hit by unexpected adversity. A growth strategy can be organic or inorganic in nature. While usually acquisition strategies are undertaken by more mature businesses, investors typically look for organic growth numbers to review and evaluate the overall development of a new company. Organic growth for a business is a balanced and step-by-step technique created through the utilization of its own resources, leading to a sustainable increase in sales and revenues.  It is also very important for an organization

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Business Plan: A structured approach

A majority of entrepreneurs accept the need for creating a business plan however, a few often fail to realize that an effective and comprehensive business plan can lay down a road map to success for their businesses. While a professionally crafted business plans does not guarantee success, for entrepreneurs with great business ideas, it certainly increases the probability of them crossing the finishing line sensationally. Often a business plan is used as a sales document with an aim to impress an investor, rather than provide an extensive strategic and operational road map of the venture. This often fails to achieve

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