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Accelerator fail: MIT reports that accelerators have not been meeting investors’ expectations

Leading experts in the field of business have recently reported that accelerators have not been performing to the expectations set by both startups and investors. While this announcement comes as a blow to offline and digital, we have distilled the salient points of the report here to outline how success accelerators can respond and once again garner respect from entrepreneurs on both sides of the startup equation.
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How to Write the Perfect Startup Investment Teaser

The short answer? By putting in the effort and preparing well. Sorry if we just spoiled all the fun and excitement, but our experience has…

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Venture Capital Valuation Method for Startups

What is the Venture Capital Valuation Method? The Venture Capital Valuation Method (VCM) is a useful valuation method for establishing the pre money valuation of…

The First Chicago Method Explained

Coming up with the “right” and “exact” valuation for your startup is difficult. It is in the nature of startups that their future is not…

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How Female Founders Can Increase Success in Investor Meetings

Raising venture capital can be a difficult and frustrating experience. Even if you have a great business idea, pitching to important investors can be a…

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Are early stage startup valuations fixed or individual? How investors like Frank Thelen see that.

I spent some days in Latvia in January 2019 on training B2B startups in an accelerator about negotiation tactics. There were some questions coming up…

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Fundraising 101: How to Become Investor-Ready

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start looking for an investor for your startup. There are so many websites offering advice on what to…

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Understanding startup valuation: How to prepare for your first investor meeting

As my mother always said, “It takes money to make money.” But particularly for early-stage startups, it can be difficult to tell investors exactly why…

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Investor-Readiness Goes Digital with virtual:labs

It's the end of the year and being an entrepreneur, you probably have already started to plan ahead for 2019. Thinking about what you want…

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5 Actions for Female Founders When Raising Venture Capital

“Too few female-led startups are getting investor-funded” – when this message kept coming up in various startup blogs and websites in the last few weeks…

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Startup company valuation methods: what you need to know to make the best choice

Valuation methods for startups differ substantially from the valuation methods that established companies use, in large part because startup values are based on research and forecasts, rather than a company’s established financial trends. Choosing the most relevant valuation method for your startup can be a challenge, as each company is unique and requires methods that best represent you. So how do you choose? This brief overview will help you differentiate between a wide range of valuation methods for startups so that you can find the method that results in the best representation of your company. Achieving investor readiness for your startup starts right here.
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Are ICOs the future of startup funding?

Do Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) lead to quicker and easier funds for startups or are they yet another hype that is not going to last? Fact is that the startup funding landscape has changed significantly and within the last few years startups have been raising money via ICOs at impeccable speed. In June 2017, ICO funding had actually reached more than 550 million USD, being the first month ever surpassing business angel and VC funding. But every funding possibility has its pros and cons. This article aims at analyzing startup funding via ICOs and comparing them with raising capital from VCs and business angels. ICOs appear to be the fastest way to finance a startup but is it true and is it for you? We discuss the main criteria to take into consideration when deciding, as well as whether this is a black-and-white story.

Discounted cash flow

The discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis is a method of valuing a company (or project) using the concepts of the time value of money. All future cash flows are…

Asset based valuation

This valuation method focuses on a company's net asset value (NAV), or the fair-market value of its total assets minus its total liabilities, to determine…

Transaction Multiples

A transaction multiple is a financial metric used to value a company. It is part of a comparison analysis. You look at a group of…

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