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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...

IFC, Aramex Founder to Launch VC Fund for MENA Tech Startups

The venture capital space for tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa just got slightly brighter.

Serial angel investor and entrepreneur Fadi Ghandour has teamed up with the International Finance Corporation to launch a new VC fund aimed at plugging a gap for tech startups across the region.

The fund, which will come under the umbrella of Mr. Ghandour’s existing company Wamda Capital, will offer ...

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

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...

Your Elevator Pitch Stinks. Here Is How to Fix It

Since the 1950s, sales trainers from all over the planet have pushed the elevator speech as the secret to business networking. That was yesterday. "The elevator speech is dead, or at least it should be," says Cliff Suttle, author of The Anti-Elevator Speech. "Elevator speeches are too long, too boring, and too pushy." An elevator speech is a pre-planned 30-second-to-two-minute response to the question "so what do you do?" Business...

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

How to Determine Seed Round Valuation

It is the eternal startup question; what is the value of my company? Later stage startups have revenue numbers, customer acquisition costs and marketing analyses that can all be plugged into magic financial formulae by VC whiz kids that pop out instant valuations. On the other hand, early stage startups have none of that. Most of the time, establishing valuation ends up being a crap shoot. Many startups are holding off on setting ...

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...

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

9 Steps to Entrepreneur Real Social Media Results

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services. But very few are talking about how to measure your results, and the right metrics for optimizing your marketing environment. Jim Sterne, who has written many books on Internet advertising, marketing, a...

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...

How can businesses use infographics?

On Small Business has a new feature in which young entrepreneurs will answer common questions about small business owners’ social media needs. The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only Graphic designer of Myanmar's weekly newspaper "Weekly Eleven" looks at the film of the next morning's edition of the newspaper at midnight in Yangon, Myanmar. (Altaf Qadri - AP) nonprofit organization ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

The Emerging Startup Culture In Cairo Will Blow You Away

It's small, but there's a burgeoning start-up culture in Cairo. The International Finance Corporation reported that in 2011, out of 183 economies, Egypt's "Starting a Business" ranking rose to 18 from 23 in 2010. More than half the Egyptian population is under the age of 30 -- and these are the people who leveraged Facebook and Twitter during the revolution. Now they're starting businesses. In June, the U.S. State Department's Globa...

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...

7 Brilliant Concepts Of Jeff Bezos And Jack Ma To Succeed In Ecommerce

“A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understand this, the sky’s the limit.”- Jack Ma (Ma Yun), Founder and Chairman- Alibaba Group “Start with the customer and work backwards”- Jeff Bezos, Founder, Chairman & CEO- Amazon.com The celebrity entrepreneurs Mr. Jack Ma of Alibaba.com and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com needs no further introduction. They are undoubtedly the most talented entrepreneurs that cha...

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