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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

New $1m Fund Opens to Applications from New Zealand Startups

MIG Angels, an early stage angel investment group associated with commercialisation centre the Bio Commerce Centre, has opened itself to applications for funding from seed and startup companies after raising $1 million for its new angel investment fund, MIG Angels Fund 1. MIG Angels spokesman Dean Tilyard said MIG Fund 1 will target potential investments at the seed and start up phase of emerging businesses, “early stage ventures g...

Auckland-based company director and active angel investor Ray Thomson has been named the n...

Auckland-based company director and active angel investor Ray Thomson has been named the new chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand, taking over Phil McCaw who is stepping down after two years in the role. Wellington angel investor Marcel van den Assum has been appointed deputy chairman and Suse Reynolds is taking over as Angel Association executive director. A former share broker and current Ice Angels advisory board me...

Invest in young people, New Zealand conference told

The only speaker aged under 30 at yesterday's Ice Ideas conference encouraged people retiring in the next 20 years to make a meaningful investment in at least one young person. Fady Mishriki, co-founder of start-up PowerbyProxi, told the 600 delegates at the Auckland conference that his world-leading wireless power company was born out of the "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that has emerged in the ten years since Auckland business incuba...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Four Common Startup Pitch Mistakes to Avoid

Pitching your startup is like going on a first date. Entrepreneurs should be confident without being cocky, approachable without seeming desperate, and passionate without being over the top. The goal is to build up enough intrigue to be asked on a second date (or a follow-up meeting) without scaring the listener off. But that’s no easy task.

Here are four common pitching turnoffs that are easy to make — and advice for av...

10 Topics To Know Cold for Your Perfect VC Investor Pitch

You’ve been slaving away, creating your product and company while bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders. Now it’s time to take your company to the next level. You’ve reached out to your network for investor contacts, and now the all-important meeting with investors is booked. You have three weeks to prep. What do you do? Investors can be tough, and you want to make sure you can roll with everything that is asked du...

Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

Getting a new business off the ground is never easy. Increase your chances of success by avoiding these common business plan mistakes. 1. Giving top-down financial projections Don’t base your entire business plan on capturing a certain percentage of the market. Your investors will think that you are being far too optimistic, and your chances of raising capital will be scuppered with just one question; what if you don’t achie...

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Fund Raising

5 Lessons For Raising Money From Family And Friends

It's really easy to find information about raising money from angel investors or VCs, but many people don't think about another important way to fund your startup: raising money from family and friends. I've raised money from friends and family twice and want to share what I've learned so that you can raise money from your friends and family and still be able to attend your family reunions. Raising money from friends and family can be e...

Top 4 Traits VC's Desire In Startup Founders

Having a great, defensible business idea in a scalable market is only part of the puzzle to attracting venture capital. A more important part is having a backable management team that can pull off the execution of the plan. Below are the top 4 traits VC’s desire in their startup founders:

1. Domain Expertise in Industry or Function

The first thing a VC is looking for is domain expertise in the industry...

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

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

Six Steps for Revving Up Your Search-Engine Marketing

Among small-business owners, it's well-known that finding customers through search engine marketing can deliver shoppers who are farther along in the buying cycle -- that is, they've passed the research stage and they're looking to buy. But how to do it effectively isn't nearly as clear. A successful search-marketing campaign needs to be thoughtfully crafted -- and updated, says Ben Kirshner, chief executive of Elite SEM, a boutique ...

30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore

There are a lot of so-called “social media experts” out there. Dishing out advice, sometimes based on limited experiences, and sometimes based on nothing at all. Even the true social media experts sometimes share some misguided advice based on their beliefs and experiences. So with all this bad advice floating around the web, how do you distinguish between what you should -- and shouldn't -- believe? Have no fear! We’re here to s...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

What Does it Take to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Starting a business venture sounds easy enough. It only takes a great idea, time to hire a team to turn the idea into reality and investors to arrange investment for your business. After that, if all goes according to plan, you will soon start raising money. However, the truth is that business start-up life is long and full of hardships, with no guarantees of success. However, if newbies know certain things, they can better prepare them...

Is bootstrapping right for you? Five important tips for successfully funding your business

Just one short year ago, our company, Veed.me, did not even exist. My cofounder and I were two film school graduates, working as bartenders and producing films in our spare time. Struggling to pay our rent waiting tables and shaking cocktails, we decided this was our moment to take a leap and build our own business.

Soon after we started brainstorming, we realized that filmmaking and startups are not that different. They both requ...

A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless

Every startup faces a myriad of challenges that are well beyond the scope of any founder, so you need a few guiding lights to illuminate the road ahead. These should be carefully selected, with a proven track record, willing and available to help, and be completely trustworthy. Make sure they are willing to check their egos at the door. Let’s talk specifics. I recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board membe...

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