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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...

Facebook Participates In StartUp America Initiative

President Barrack Obama and Facebook, plus numerous other companies, have formed the StartUp America Partnership to stimulate economic growth by fostering technology entrepreneurs.

The initiative was announced this morning via a livestream on Facebook, and you can watch a recording of it here. Chaired by AOL founder Steve Case, the partnership will be privately funded but bring together players from both the public and private sec...

Future of private equity in India may be a pipe dream

Last week, after a record year, Sequoia Capital India's four founding partners shocked the subcontinent's private equity world by quitting abruptly to re-start their own firm, WestBridge Capital Partners, which, they said, would invest in publicly traded companies. Since 1991, when the Indian financial market opened up, the country has spawned a rich entrepreneurial culture that is reminiscent of Silicon Valley in the US. Rather than...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How to Write the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in your organization had exactly the same answer to the question, “What do you guys do?” An Elevator Pitch is a 30-second response to that question expertly crafted to define your company in a way that is relevant, meaningful and inspires the listener to act. The Elevator Pitch concept is based on the scenario that you’re on an elevator at the top of a building and someone asks what you do. Yo...

Top Tips for an Effective Elevator Pitch

Put simply, an elevator pitch is the way that you describe your business to another person in a limited period of time. The idea is that if you get into an imaginary lift or elevator at the ground floor and travel with another person to the tenth floor, then you have the journey time, and no longer, to interest your fellow passenger in what you have to offer. The image originated in the US movie industry and we now use it in the busi...

Nine buzzwords guaranteed to kill your business plan

If written effectively, a business plan can serve as the blueprint for a startup's success. It's a roadmap that guides founders from A to B, a tool for wooing investors, and a way to keep fast-growing teams focused. Forget the debate about whether you need one or not. (You do.) The more relevant question is what to include and what to leave on the proverbial cutting room floor.

While there's no magic formula, there are certa...

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Fund Raising

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...

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

How to Get Your Small Biz Funded

Very few of us think about the possibility of getting funded when we launch our companies. And once we figure out that we need money to help our companies grow or scale, most of us don't know where to start. I've worked with hundreds of savvy business owners who know the ins and outs of running a company. But luring the interest of investors? That's a whole new ballgame. Having been courted by venture capitalists and having met angel i...

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Marketing & Social Media

6 Social Media Metrics for SMBs To Track

Yeah. You get it. You need to develop a presence on social media to help you grow your small business and form that all-important relationship with customers. But…how do you know if you’re doing it right? Or if it’s even working? What are the social media metrics you should be watching to ensure your company is headed down the right path? Is there any way to find out? You betcha. The truth is tracking social media doesn’t have...

7 Tips To Make Your Blog More Personal

We’re moving from an environment where information is controlled by large, powerful, faceless corporations to a world where everyone can have an opinion and anyone can become an authority. Profiles are raised. Friendships are built. And we learn from people not companies. If you run a blog then it’s essential not to forget the “personal” aspect of blogging. Too many blogs these days present information in a clear and easil...

How To Use Coupons To Promote Your Local Business

Coupons should be a part of your local online marketing strategy. If they are not right now, you should reconsider. They can drastically impact the effectiveness of existing marketing efforts by increasing the number of people who convert off your website, emails, social media accounts and more. Online coupons can be used to attract new customers who may not be aware of your business and existing customers who either need a reminde...

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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...

How to Price Your Services - Entrepreneur Tips

The Entrepreneurial formula goes something like this. Identify a need in the market, conceptualize the product or service to fill that need, price it to move, test the market interest in your product and either go back to the drawing board or launch. The successful entrepreneur will research, test, price and market according to the results of his or her testing or will go straight to market on a concept that has little or no develop...

Recipe for start-up success in the UAE

What is the secret to starting a successful business?" Related ■ Former Dragon ready to fire-up Emirates It is a question often asked by budding entrepreneurs, and one that was posed to panellists last week at Tamakkan, a monthly seminar for those who want to start or expand small businesses in the UAE. While local experts agree no magic recipe exists, they do weigh in with their thoughts about the ingredients needed to cook...

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