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VC firm Fenox Venture Capital announces $100 mn fund for Middle East, Asia and US

A new venture fund ‘Fenox Global Fund IV’ seeks to invest $100 million in the US, Asia and the Middle East.

The fund has been established by Fenox Venture Capital, a global investment firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, in partnership with Innovation 360, a leading innovation consultancy based in Dubai, UAE.

The investment would be undertaken in seed, Series A and pre-IPO funding, according to a report.

Fenox’s...

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...

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...

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Business Plans & Pitching

10 Key Elements of a Perfect Investor Pitch

It takes a wide-ranging skill set to be a successful entrepreneur. Your product has to be good, has to fill a niche, address a problem.

Many entrepreneurs may have those boxes checked but fall short when it comes to selling the vision to an investor. It may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but without backing it will remain an unfunded figment of a dreamer's imagination.

What can entrepreneurs do to suc...

How to craft a great investor pitch

Sweaty palms or a confident smile? When making your big pitch to a potential investor, a few basic guidelines can help ensure you walk into that meeting set for success. The key is to be ready long before you walk into the room, say angel investor Frank Erschen, OMERS Ventures senior associate Sid Paquette and Communitech HYPERDRIVE head coach Ted Hastings. Don't assume that one pitch deck will work in every situation. Tailor each...

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...

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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...

Angel investor Hala Fadel's 3 most common entrepreneurial mistakes

On the strength of her fifteen years of experience as a fund manager at Comgest, the French multinational asset management company, Lebanese entrepreneur Hala Fadel is ready to put her own money on the table, as a regional angel investor. Fadel has decided to move to the other side of the equation, as an angel investor in the Arab region. “I want to go through this experience by myself and at my own expense first, so that my experi...

Why Startups Should Not Take Money From Lots Of Investors

The way startups raise their initial round of funding is changing, and it might hurt them in the long haul. Traditionally, companies aim to receive large amounts of funding from a small number of investors. As Y Combinator partner Sam Altman writes in his blog post, the venture capital model is shifting toward "party rounds," where many investors (sometimes as many as 50) put up small amounts of money. This can become a serious issu...

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Marketing & Social Media

Social Media is a Conversation

Social Media is growing more and more in popularity. Social and economic movements are building on these networks. Political candidates are taking to the screens to campaign. It has become one of the easiest, go-to mediums for companies to forge relationships with customers. It is our daily source (if not by the hour, minute, or second) for information on our friends and colleagues. As pervasive as social media may be, what does social ...

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...

6 Social Media Monitoring Tools to Track Your Brand

Do you monitor online conversations? Are you looking for new tools to track your mentions? Whether you want to observe quietly, learn about your customers and what they’re looking for, respond to critics or simply engage in conversation, you need to know what people are saying. In this article I’ll share six tools to use to monitor mentions on blogs and social media. #1: Social Mention Social Mention is an excellent w...

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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...

Enterprise Qatar keen to inspire Entrepreneurs and SME Owners at Qatar Career Fair 2011

ENTERPRISE QATAR, a new initiative to support and promote small and medium enterprises in Qatar, is welcoming students, graduates, entrepreneurs and current business owners to its stand at Qatar Career Fair 2011 (QCF). Visitors to the stand will be able to hear about both current and future programmes designed to nurture entrepreneurship, and support the growth of current small and medium businesses. Qatar Career Fair 2011 is being hel...

What qualities make a great entrepreneur?

Is hard work or innovation the key to being a successful entrepreneur? Or perhaps it is all about something else? The BBC hears from entrepreneurs and other experts from around the world. "Innovation is a word that's thrown around without much thought," says Lebanese entrepreneur Sarah Karam, 26. She believes entrepreneurs should focus on meeting the needs of consumers and that fine-tuning existing models to fit different markets ...

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