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

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

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

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

Great Start Up Team18 Jun 2017

The Importance of a Great Start Up Team

People often ask me what the majority of investors look for when considering pitches from start-ups. Is it the idea? Is it the business model? Or the amount of work that’s already been done to validate it? Of course, these are all important factors to take into account, but the main thing most look for is a great team.   I’m no doubt different to most angel investors because I prefer to invest very early

how to get angel Investment14 May 2017

Want me to invest in your idea, but you won’t?!

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

startup team management24 Apr 2017

Managing a Start-up Team Effectively

Managing a Start-Up Team is probably one of the most challenging tasks you will face as an entrepreneur.  Not only will you have to self-motivate yourself but you will have to motivate and get the best out of your team; the former being far easier than the latter.  However, there are some basic techniques that you can use to ensure that you get the most out of your growing team. First and foremost, you need

right business partners banner24 Feb 2017

Are Your Co-Founders Or Shareholders A Help Or Hindrance?

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

17 Jan 2017

Half Way There!

At the beginning of this year I challenged myself to dedicate 2014 to investing in and growing two start- ups a week. This task I have set myself may be well under way, but for the aspiring Entrepreneurs I am investing in the journey is just beginning. Deciding to start your own business is not for the faint hearted. The hard work that goes into creating and developing a business should never be under estimated.

ugly pitches5 Dec 2016

Week 9: Pitches: The Ugly

I have covered the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ pitches in my previous post; now I’d like to write about the ugly side of what I have come across. If I’m honest, I had always suspected that there was an uglier (or darker) side to the start-up space, but listening and speaking to so many entrepreneurs, those suspicions have been more that proved – which is incredibly sad. The start-up space and working within it is

Bad pitches10 Nov 2016

Week 8: Pitches: The Bad and The Unluckiest Businessman alive?

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’

good Startup proposals11 Oct 2016

Week 7: Pitches: The Good

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

Blackmailing bad pitches26 Sep 2016

Week 5 to 6: The Start-Up Fund – Tales of blackmail, Interpol, the SAS and Scams

With a backlog of pitches to hear and follow up meetings to attend, my calendar suddenly became a solid block of back to back meetings from 5am right up until 9pm on a daily basis. I was hearing pitches from all over the world and seeing how we could bring them to the UK. It was busy, it was tiring, but I have got to say, incredibly interesting. We were receiving a real mixed bag

startup fund launching15 Jun 2016

Week 1 to 5: The Start-Up Fund Launch

Wow!  Since launching the start-up fund on 6th January 2014, I haven’t had the chance to catch my breath!  It’s been a real learning process – even for me! I’ve been investing in Start-ups on an ad hoc basis, but to be able to meet and listen to start up proposals from across the country (and other parts of the world also) on a full time basis, given that’s what I have set aside this

26 May 2016

Virgin Start-Up: “Good – But Could Have Been Fantastic”

Of all the entrepreneurs currently doing their thing out there, were you looking to identify the one most likely to inspire and bring forth a nation of new budding entrepreneurs then, unquestionably, you’d be pointing your finger at Sir Richard Branson. To me, personally, Sir Richard is without doubt one of the best entrepreneurs of our time. And I’m well aware I’m not the only one who thinks along those lines. Both the man and

startup business mentor8 Apr 2016

Why You Need a Business Mentor at Start up

Making the transition from a full-time payroll job to entrepreneurship can tend to be a lonely one. You’re used to the feeling of other professionals being around you, helping you go past hoops and hurdles every now and then, for instance. Entrepreneurship by contrast, is a different ballgame altogether. Everything squarely falls on your shoulders. May be it’s time to consider hiring a business mentor. You may have the support of your friends and family,

Momentum for Your Business Idea22 Jan 2016

Building Momentum for Your Business Idea

An entrepreneurship in motion without any direction or momentum is akin to no motion at all. Business startups are aplenty in this economic age, but not every one of them builds the right kind of momentum to really take off the ground. To ensure you are successful as an entrepreneur means you have gained enough momentum to continuously charter your course as the business landscape shifts. A lot of that momentum is going to come

self-employment20 Oct 2015

The Transition from Employment to Self-employment

Let’s face it: acquiring sufficient capital and taking bold risks to embark on a business venture isn't everybody’s bag. It’s a whole different ball game and some folks find it hard to adjust to the new landscape. It takes a certain kind of entrepreneurial mindset to boldly go down this road. Core Flexibility When setting out to start a business, know that you no longer have just one job description to fulfill, with a clearly

five business tips26 Aug 2015

Five Ways to Bag That First Contract

Start-up businesses can often take time to gain momentum, especially if they’re pitching a product or service that may not be a part of the mainstream market. We’re going to briefly look at five steps you can incorporate to make sure you strike a cord with your intended audience, without being backed up by a proven track record. Identify Needs Unless you identify a real need for a specific product or service, you won’t have