What makes startups fail or succeed? Is there a foolproof plan for aspiring founders? It is not only important for you to have an idea that you believe is amazing, but also your innovation has to fulfill an unmet need. Having a vested interest in startups and the venture capital space, I interviewed Professor Jeffrey Hollender, whom I took a social entrepreneurship course with called Innovations and Strategies for Building a Progressive Social Enterprise during my time at NYU Stern. Jeffrey Hollender is a co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University, and serves on the Kimberly-Clark and the Morgan Stanley Sustainability Advisory Boards. He shed some insights on how to create a successful startup, including how to come up with a startup idea, whether to take an entrepreneurship course, and the importance of creating a business plan.
CNBC brought the concept of angel investors into the lives of millions of people across the world through its show “Shark Tank.”
Since 2009, founders of start-up companies have taken the stage,hoping presentations about their company’s success so far and potential for the future would convince a panel of “sharks” to invest in their company.
While the products and services these start-up companies createdwere all different in scope and lifecycle, the goal for the owners was quite simple — attract investment dollars from high-profile angel investors to vault the company to the next level.
The concept of angel investing has been around longer than “Shark Tank,” but the TV show certainly helped make it mainstream. With a rotating panel of sharks that has included Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, it’s not hard to figure out why, either.
Today, angel investors are a major source of funding for start-ups across the country. According to the Angel Capital Association, 90% of outside equity that start-ups raise is supported by angel investors. In total, angel investors divvy out an estimated $25 billion to roughly 70,000 companies each year.
It’s no wonder, then, that you might be hoping to attract an angel investor for your own start-up. But is your company a good fit for an angel investor? And if it is, are you ready to make your pitch?
Here are four questions to ask yourself as you decide whether an angel investor could be a good fit for your start-up.
Gold Venture Investments (GVI) and skygate announced today the formation of a strategicpartnership facilitating an international start-up investment network spanning across Israel,Poland and the EU, and the United States.
GVI, a global investment banking company based in Europe and Israel, scouts potentialinnovative solutions in the name of governments, municipalities, high-tech parks, globalaccelerators, and private investors. Based upon over 30 years of experience in the industry, GVIsignificantly improves the chances of startups to achieve fundraising and expand into globalcommercialization. This is done mainly via an intensive incubation/acceleration program andawide international network of key individuals.
skygate as a regional R&D center in the Silesia region in Poland has worked with some of theworld’s most interesting startups as technology and business partners.
skygate launched NYC-based incubator (skyincubator) operates a network of startups basedmostly in New York and London, and manages large quantities of deal-flow, mentors andinvestors from these two cities with a focus on early-stage technology solutions.
skyincubator’s program was formed for pre-seed technology companies in their path to raisingan angel round and thus provides high-quality educational content, connections, and guidance.For investors, skyincubator provides streams of high-quality deal-flow from a varietyofindustries.
Both GVI and skygate share a common vision of technology-enabled growth by a networkspanning from Asia, across Europe, and into the US. By partnering with each other, bothcompanies will enhance their offering to startups and investors, and the whole of thispartnership is now greater than the sum of its parts.