Startup acronyms

Startup Acronyms 101

The startup world uses a lot of jargon. So, here is our startup acronyms 101 list for you to know what they mean: ACV: Actual Cash Value or Annual Contract Value (mostly used for SaaS companies)API: Application Programming InterfaceARPU: Average Revenue Per UnitARR: Annual Recurring RevenueB2B: Business-to-BusinessB2C: Business-to-ConsumerCAC: Customer Acquisition CostCAGR: Compound Annual Growth RateCCC:…

Startup valuation basics

Startup valuation basics

Your startup valuation plays a key role in determining your firm’s financial health. It will influence how much funding you can raise, the capital needed to grow your business, and whether or not investors are interested in partnering with you. If you want to build a successful company that generates sustainable growth and profitability, it…

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Protect Your Equity: The Smart Approach To Winning Early Stage Investment

Taking your entrepreneurial idea from an exciting concept to multi-million-pound success story requires significant investment. There are four different phases of the Fundraising Journey – bootstrapping, start-up, scale-up and exit. In those first two early stages, you need to be astute about when to seek investment and the equity you offer in exchange. Plenty of…

investor curveball

What happens if you miss investor curveball questions

According to CBInsights, 38% of startups fail because they run out of cash or fail to raise new capital. To blame are often founders themselves. They don’t convince investors and receive further funding. But why do so many founders struggle here? The curveball you don’t see coming  One major reason why founders fail to raise capital…

stages of startup funding

The stages of startup funding you need to know

Idea It’s not always easy to ideate a profitable product or service from scratch. The logistics of funding is often the biggest hurdle in the first stage of a startup. During this stage, you, as an entrepreneur, create a product/service while looking for the ideal problem-solution fit. This involves having clear definitions of the problem and…

The dream of every startup founder
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  • September 19, 2021

Venture fundraising guide

This article is divided into a simple 5 part series as a fundraising guide for founders who are currently raising capital for their startup. 1. Are we investor ready? Start by asking yourself, “What do I have to offer a potential investor?”  You might feel that your story is inspiring and your product or service is…

early investors like metrics

Early investors like metrics and stories

1. Using the Founder Story to Impress Investors Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the ability to transform an idea into a successful product requires a strategic formula. One of the most effective ways to escalate the potential of an idea is to persuade investors to support your dream. The founder story is the…

ingredients for fundraising

The five ingredients you need to make an investable startup

Investors want to get the perfect dish when looking for startups to invest in. Imagine eating a pizza and the sauce is missing. So make sure your startup gets the following five key ingredients right. Team There are several things an investor considers before they invest in any startup. One of the most important is…

raising capital without a product

What are my chances of raising capital without a product or MVP?

3 little secrets to help make it happen We recently met Rita & Rajesh. They have a brilliant idea for a new startup. They do not have a product or MVP but just a clickable demo. Besides, they have never done any business earlier and are not sure how to go about it. They want…

Investor ready

Are you “investor ready”?

We ask this question often – Is your startup investor ready? I will reveal the most received answer at the bottom of the article. So read on………. What exactly investor readiness means to you? Considering every startup is distinctive in its own way, how do you generalize? We have been investing and have many friends in the…