start your own business17 Jul 2018

Start your own business: Everything you need to know

It’ll come as no surprise to you that to start your own business is a huge decision. You’ll need drive, motivation, and a message that you believe in with your entire heart and soul. In fact, over 84% of small business owners say they’d never do it again! So if you’ve started to think about lift-off, know there’s a few tips and tricks we’d like to share with you - to help guide you along

casual investor26 Jun 2018

What casual investors can do for you

So, here’s the moment. You, a vibrant new entrepreneur with a taste for business and an idea that you believe in with all your heart and soul; you’re ready. Ready to take the first precious steps toward success, you can see it, taste it - it’s there over the horizon with just a little way to jump. You’ve already worded your back-of-an-envelope business plan, and there’s just one thing that’s in the way of you

good investor22 Jun 2018

How to find a good investor opportunity

First, let us say congratulations! We’ve all had that great business idea, the one little niche we know we could fill if we just had the resources, or the capital. But to get to the point where you seriously consider investment options takes hard work, dedication, and more than a few sleepless nights. So, at RDI we’d thought we’d share this pearl of wisdom with you: your next step is crucial in the make or

future for cryptocurrency?13 Jun 2018

What’s the future for cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is an innovation that is at forefront of everyone’s mind. These days, it seems like everything is based on Cryptocurrency, a new type of tender that uses Blockchain technology to secure and monitor transactions. But, like any investment in new capital, we at RDI know you have your doubts. You’d be quite right to ask what Blockchain is? And what exactly is the future for cryptocurrency? Well, we at RDI have a few predictions. 

12 Jun 2018

Angel investor success stories of 2017

Angel investment is a tricky business. Taking any idea through to fruition is difficult and requires a deal of luck. Therefore, any angel investor success stories should be applauded. According to this report, 2017 was a record year for seed investments in startups, with over 820 deals being done. To mark this milestone, we’re looking back at some of the most inspiring angel investor success stories of 2017. Big hit for an ex-cricketer Farokh Engineer,

start small with your business5 Jun 2018

Why you should start small with your business idea

Launching a commercial venture needn't take months. At RDI investments, we pride ourselves on our active search for the hottest new idea or app that’s on course to take the world by storm. If you’re ready to enter the world of business, you might have started to feel a little overwhelmed. But, never fear. We’re here to tell you, you should start small with your business idea. Just remember, Facebook was initially coded in 30

digital ordering apps31 May 2018

How apps are revolutionising digital ordering

Gone are the days when we had to leave the house. Kind of. Whilst we all do still need to occasionally venture out and about, however, we do now live in a time when almost anything we could wish for can be brought to our door. Not only that, these things can often arrive in a matter of hours rather than days. Apps have been at the forefront of this digital ordering revolution. Whether its

needs an app22 May 2018

Why your business needs an app

If you’d asked us at RDI when we were but children, we’d never have been able to predict the extent of technology’s synthesis into the modern vernacular; and why it means your business needs an app. Back then, we had to call our mates on our landline, only after 7pm (because then it was free), and we had to hang-up if someone needed to use the internet. Yes, it was a dire as it sounds.

idea to investment15 May 2018

3 Inspirational people who have gone from idea to investment

Seeing an idea to investment can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Competition is fierce and more and more investors are shying away from risks. However, whenever you feel like that, take a look at these inspirational tales of industry success. These individuals all managed to find a way to take their idea to investment, and success thereafter.   1. Levi Roots Where else could we begin but with the man who put music in

angel investor8 May 2018

5 Top tips for when looking for an angel investor

Angel investors are the most likely way for you to be able to find funding and investment for your company. Angel investors tend to be wealthy individuals or groups who are willing to put forward sums of cash in order to help a burgeoning enterprise to take its first steps. Unlike venture capitalists, an angel investor will invest their own wealth into a company. Usually this will be in return for convertible debt or equity

Business pitch1 May 2018

6 Steps to a winning business pitch

You’ve carefully created your business idea, done your research, written your business plan and now, all that is left, is that crucial investment that’ll make the difference between your business soaring or slumping. There is just one vital step between you and said investment from an investor, and that is your business pitch.   One way to an investors heart is to sell them on a winning pitch. If your pitch is gold, no doubt

Business plan myths24 Apr 2018

4 Business plan myths that hurt your business

A business plan’s existence is obvious. Drafting one can help start, grow or enable any next steps/ future plans in the pipeline of your business. With the age of the millennial well and truly upon us, the entrepreneurial life is in full swing. And where there is an entrepreneur sure enough there is a business idea being conjured up behind them. Despite this rather refreshing desire to start and nurture a business, creating a business plan

up and coming entrepreneur17 Apr 2018

Everything an up-and-coming entrepreneur should know

If you’ve opened this blog, then we at Raj Dhonota Investments know you’re an artist. It is, of course, the foundation of every good entrepreneur. That’s because you’ve got an idea that shines solid gold, one that the world needs, that you’d ultimately defend. If these words feel like home, at RDI, have we got a blog for you! Now your idea is revved up and ready for ignition, then there are a few things

business plan10 Apr 2018

5 Tips for creating the best business plan you can

A solid, impressive business plan is the foundation upon which your business can then be built. Your plan is therefore a vital piece of work that, if done correctly, can set you on your way to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. If your business plan isn’t up to scratch, then of course there are consequences. For a start it will turn off investors. Furthermore, a poorly designed and calculated business plan makes you vulnerable to unforeseen

Business Idea full size image15 Feb 2018

Seven Steps to successfully stealing someone’s Business Idea

Many entrepreneurs are over protective of their new business idea when, in fact, collaborating and/or discussing it would prove extremely invaluable for them. The reason for their reluctance is usually that they fear whoever they are speaking to will reveal the idea to other people who will then steal it and make millions with it themselves. Sure, this has happened in the past, but to be honest, so rarely. It’s not that easy to steal

4 Jan 2018

20 things you don’t know about The Apprentice

10 years after appearing on the first series of The Apprentice, I still get asked about my experiences on the program and why I’m not a fan. I’m not sure I’ll ever be free of the program! The short answer is that what viewers see and what really happens is as far apart as can be. Sadly, that just opens a can of further questions :( So, in no particular order, here’s the long form

Unique angel investor7 Nov 2017

As a pre-seed investor, I observe the masses and do the opposite!

I’ve spent most of my life doing things ‘my way’, and as a pre-seed investor, I’m simply continuing along that path. When I look at pre-seed investments (i.e. businesses that are yet only in the mind of the founder, or just on a piece of paper) I look at things differently to other early stage investors.   Time will tell whether it’s the right approach as an investor, but I have no doubt it’s the

find the right investor20 Oct 2017

How to find the right investor for your business

Finding the appropriate investment opportunities for your business is rarely a straightforward task. And against the background of current economic instability, Bank of England interventions, and political fallout from Brexit, uncertainty is the only certainty right now. Although the recent Consumer Confidence Index remained relatively unchanged, one site announced that within 24 hours of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, technology startup Netz saw five investors suspend hundreds of thousands of pounds in promised

Global Entrepreneurship requirements banner15 Sep 2017

What’s Needed to Support Global Entrepreneurship?

Based on multiple statistics and metrics, the United States has an extremely healthy entrepreneurial landscape. According to a report published by the Global Entrepreneurship Market last year, 27 million Americans are “starting or running new businesses.” That number reflects a record high, and it displays how the idea of launching a successful startup has become the modern realisation of the American dream. However, things still aren’t necessary idyllic for the average entrepreneur. According to Forbes,

Raising Funds for Your Startup25 Aug 2017

What You Need to Know Before Raising Funds for Your Startup

Your startup is growing, and you and your partners are ready to start pitching to investors and venture capitalists. You have ideas and ambitions to grow your business even further, but first, you need to raise more capital for your business. Before you start scheduling meetings with investors and putting your pitch into action, here are a few pieces of key information that you should keep in mind: Regardless of the investments you get, you