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China launches 20 bln yuan cultural private equity fund

China has launched a government-backed private equity fund aiming to raise 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) to invest in cultural industries such as media publishing, film and broadcasting, Internet entertainment and leisure, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday. The fund plans to raise 6 billion yuan initially, with its four sponsors including the Ministry of Finance and BOC International having already committed a combined...

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...

Skype Founder, Zennstrom hunts for Innovative Start-ups in China

There are a lot of giant technology companies in China. But they were all modeled after the U.S: Baidu was inspired by Google, Renren by Facebook and Jiepang by Foursquare.

What China is lacking is originality, Skype founder, Niklas Zennstrom told Asia Times. In China, people are used to taking a successful idea in the U.S and replicate it in the country. Innovation is dearly missing and that is one of the reasons why Zennstrom is...

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Business Plans & Pitching

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...

10 Questions Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Are Going To Ask

When raising money from venture capitalists or angels, you’ll want to meet as many as possible. They won’t all invest, but each time you pitch, you get better. Each time you pitch, you get asked different questions, get different opinions and ideas. It’s worth it to pitch as many people as you can, as often as you can. Wil Schroter says it perfectly, pitch everyone, all the time. Some questions will get asked over and over. And...

5 Tips for Talking to Investors. Make sure your growing company gets the funding it needs ...

A young company looking for outside funding won’t get very far without a well-crafted pitch. And pitching to investors doesn’t just mean showing them a raft of numbers; it also requires skillful storytelling. “The biggest challenge is distilling [the pitch] down to something that’s irresistibly compelling,” said Greg Erman, a serial entrepreneur who has founded six medical-technology companies, at a recent conference held by B...

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Fund Raising

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...

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 ...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

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 ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

7 Simple Tips For Succeeding as an Online Entrepreneur

The Online revolution has set the stage for more entrepreneurs than ever to build a successful career. Although the way the barriers to entering into the business world are falling is good for you, it also means that you have more competitors than ever to deal with. To help you toward your goals, here are 7 simple tips for succeeding as an online entrepreneur. 1. Online marketing is critical: Remember the days when it seemed like any...

4 Tips for Taking Your Startup International

In any growing business, one way to increase your market potential is by expanding to other countries; specifically, to those where you see little or no competition or which are crying out for the solutions your business is offering. Here are a few issues that companies should understand before expanding internationally. Creating Localized Websites Businesses forget that being local is crucial, both in the U.S. and abroad, beca...

24 Concepts Every Young Person Should Know About Business

The Babson College definition of entrepreneurship is: "A way of thinking and acting that is opportunity obsessed, holistic in approach, and leadership balanced." In honor of the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit being held at Rutgers Business School in Newark today, I wanted to present my thoughts on what the younger generation needs to know about entrepreneurship. The quotation above from Babson, the top entrepreneurship college in t...

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