"The conversations I have with early-stage founders have to do with how deeply they understand the pain points of their customers." (Sumaiya Balbale, CMO, Sequoia Capital)
Entrepreneurial ecosystems characterised by openness to diverse actors generate more firms, study reveals
"I mean, you think about even traditional, people still go to the movies, they still sit down, they watch a two hour movie, and that hasn't changed in decades. So I think the way we connect and how we tell stories kind of is the same, just the medium's a little different." (Marvin Chow, VP, Global Marketing, Google about how building a brand has changed over the last decade).
With Tom Wehmeier and Sarah Guemouri from Atomico
"Our growth at all costs mindset is no longer viable." (Tom Wehmeier, Partner, Atomico)
From US$1.6 Billion in 2020.
But some countries are lagging behind.
New study reveals investments worth £2 billion made by female angels helping to create 10,000 UK jobs.
"Gen Z is expected to account for more than a quarter of the world’s workforce by 2025 and this trend is likely to accelerate. The changing tide is particularly acute in emerging markets such as Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America, where youth account for more than one billion of the entire population." (APCO Worldwide)
A Call for Paper aims to collect fresh findings at the intersection of entrepreneurship, gender and the global south to nurture budding activism.
“Our world is in big trouble. Divides are growing deeper; inequalities are growing wider; challenges are spreading father... we need hope... we need action across the board.” (UN's Secretary-General, António Guterres)
Social movements are behind the most powerful changes in the world – from voting rights to political upheavals to the fight for racial equality. But how do you build a movement that unites millions of people and captures the attention of those in power?
As the company has closed its deal, the leading equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has opened a new office in Dublin.
"I have been saying this for years: if you treat young generations as weak, they will be weak. We have to believe in them. We must encourage them to be strong, also mentally. Then we must tell them the truth: only the best will win. We have to help them get ready." (Julio Velasco)
Only companies with an urgent need for capital have been forced into a full reckoning with reality, the FT reports.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.4 million in young innovators with this competition.
Crowdfunding: Pitching a project it is not just a matter of storytelling.
This year looks poised to be monumental for equity crowdfunding, which entails raising capital through specific filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, from a mix of investors that don’t have to be accredited. Over the past few years, equity crowdfunding has shed much of the stigma. But with the current fundraising climate, it is getting ready for a field day. (TechCrunch)
It is not about global profits, it is about local benefits.
Money and people. According to business scholars, these are among the main hurdles social entrepreneurs have to overcome to succeed with their projects. The web promises to provide us with a solution.
Crowdcube received a licence to operate throughout the European Union by the Spanish regulator, the Comisión Nacional del Mercados de Valores.
More equal societies are more resilient, they are more likely to invest for the many not the few, and to have robust political institutions and consistent policies. And few would disagree that a society that provides opportunity for all of its citizens is more likely to thrive than one which favours an elite, however defined. (Mark Carney, Value(s). Building a better world for all).
At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% from 2021 to 2028.
Inequality is growing. But it cannot be all about taxation.
From the impact of a new COVID variant to continued inflation, governments will continue to face economic challenges in 2022. What immediate and long-term actions will be required to stabilize the global economy and ensure a sustainable and equitable recovery?
"Empirical research shows that start-ups that are more innovative tend to attract greater interest from crowd investors (Le Pendeven and Schwienbacher, 2018). This finding contrasts with reward-based crowdfunding, where Chan and Parhankangas (2017) document that the crowd has a preference to support less innovative projects, perhaps because they face a greater risk if they are not able to deliver the promised reward." (Schwienbacher, 2019)
Trying to add more backers helps, but when such backers have prior affiliations, it hurts.
"Businesses are looking to put their money where it matters – their offering to customers and their people." Jeremy Over, a partner of Moore Barlow, commented on a recent survey according to which SMEs are more likely to choose non-traditional ways of accessing capital, like crowdfunding.
For many, Kickstarter is synonym for crowdfunding and such a move shows the way for the future.
Will the global leadership of the private investment industry pass from the old continent?
A set of new rules was released earlier this week by the European Union as the European Market and Securities Authorities provided a set of new technical standards.
The leading platform announce a new programme to protect the community and partner with GoFundMe.
We are not only what we do but the intention underpinning it.
Contrary to popular belief, research is a collective effort. My notes about the 5th European Centre for Alternative Finance Research Conference.
Why we need to start innovating solutions that correspond to the challenges in the world where we live, using a holistic and coordinated approach.
The Sustainable Development Goals represent a transformational opportunity for entrepreneurs.
A group of students is organizing an event to connect with other student entrepreneurs and make things happen.
Some notes about the future of this blog.
The European crowdfunding trade body changes visual identity to signal a new phase of the industry.
“The future is in our hands as investors look with increasing interest at companies with a positive impact.”
There is despair, but also a desire to react and come together to look ahead.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will have an enhanced role to facilitate coordination and cooperation.
A study reveals that crowdfunding could encourage future activism in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship and thus help drive global change towards sustainability.
A new study shows what the age effect in entrepreneurship is and tries to explain why media, VCs and academia are getting the wrong side of the stick.
How the story of Yves Klein can inspire startuppers in establishing their brands. A guest post by Invaluable.
Craighton Berman, a professor at University University of Illinois at Chicago, uses the creation of Kickstarter campaigns to teach his students the full process of launching a product or brand.