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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...

Chinese Economy Is Down, But VCs Remain Upbeat

China’s latest generation of entrepreneurs are struggling right along with the country’s economy. Venture capital investments in China are down thanks to sagging valuations. But investors with skin in the game say things are poised to get better. An expert group of venture capitalists and angel investors gathered at Stanford University’s China 2.0 conference to talk about the investment outlook in China. While the economy’s slo...

​China to pump $7.8 billion into startup VC fund

China is moving to establish a government venture capital investment fund worth 40 billion yuan. The fund will be aimed at supporting new industries by boosting entrepreneurship and innovation, said China's State Council in a statement on the government's website. The government released the statement following a State Council executive meeting chaired by China Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, during which the establishment of the...

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Business Plans & Pitching

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...

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...

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Fund Raising

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...

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...

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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

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...

China’s Entrepreneur Confidence Index slightly up in Q1

China's Entrepreneur Confidence Index (ECI) continued to rise in the first quarter of this year, up 2.1 percentage points from the fourth quarter last year to 76.3 percent, according to a survey conducted by the People's Bank of China, or the central bank. The ECI is a gauge of the understanding, views and projections of business people. Meanwhile, China's business climate index, a major measure of macro economic outlook, edged do...

10 Things Every Startup Founder Should Know

These 10 tips could prevent your startup from facing certain doom. "You can go it alone for a while, but eventually team is everything," advises Scott Bell, CEO of the wealth management firm MyGDP. Second, Bell told Benzinga that you should "read James Altucher's How to Have a BIG Idea. And then subscribe to his blog. The man is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and author [who is] honest, smart, [and] funny. He's 100% genuin...

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