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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Speak to most angel investors or early stage VC’s and most will tell you they love your business idea or concept, but to come back once you have created your product and have some traction or proof of concept. I can’t help but agree with their logic. They, and rightly so, want to see how far you can get on your own in order to judge how much further you could go with their investment.
So your idea is your passion, your be all and end all? You’re certain it’s going to be successful. You want me to invest, but you won’t?! What message does that give to any potential investor? Let me tell you. It tells a potential investor that alarm bells should be ringing – not necessarily about the business idea, but about that person’s commitment and ability to make things happen. I don’t doubt that in many
When starting a business it is important to have the right business partners on board; in any walk of life it is essential that you are supported by a good team that can encourage and help you, but with Start Ups it’s even more so. Whilst investing in start-ups and having investment discussions, I see a lot of common mistakes, but one appears to be more apparent than most when there is more than
In my last article I discussed some of the good pitches we have received to date and some of the common attributes that encouraged us to invest in them. Today I’m going to take a light-hearted look at the not so good proposals, including one by someone I think must be the most unlucky businessman alive – more to come on him later! What’s a ‘bad’ proposal? In all honestly it is probably not ‘bad’
Seven weeks in and we’ve heard some incredibly good ideas, some good ideas with some flaws, and some fairly bad ideas. Add into the mix good and bad ideas with pitches that vary from incredibly good to incredibly poor, as well as entrepreneurs who are willing to listen to our experience and those that are not, and you’ll have a vague idea of what we get on a daily basis! The most important bit of
Once you’ve clearly laid out your business plans, moving forward undoubtedly requires talking to investors and reeling them in. This can often be best described as a daunting task. Most well-known investors come across plenty of pitches on a day to day basis and quite simply don’t have the time or energy to meet everyone with a fresh business proposition. Furthermore, it isn’t unusual at all for aspiring entrepreneurs to speak to more than 50