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business pitch funding
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How to Design and Deliver a Business Pitch That Secures Startup Funding

A business pitch is a presentation put together to entice an investor or group of investors. The goal of your pitch is to secure funding to proceed with your value proposition so you can take your idea to the market. Remember, the pitch process is about getting investors to back people; it’s not about backing...
negotiation
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5 Ways to Grow Your Startup Using the Power of Negotiation

Negotiation is one of the fundamental parts of staring your own business. Everything from acquiring a business loan to clinching deals with new clients and settling prices with suppliers will take an element of bargaining and compromise. For some, this type of haggling comes as second nature; but for others, the mere thought of business...
cofounder relationship
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The Secrets of a Strong, Successful Cofounder Relationship

Starting a company from the ground up is an exciting time. You have an opportunity to build a business from scratch and turn it into a legacy for your descendants. If you’re an entrepreneur working with a cofounder, there are some things you can do now to ensure you have a long-term, successful relationship that...
VC partner
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How to Find the Perfect VC Partner, Even During Times of Uncertainty

While the pandemic has certainly had an impact on the startup space, speculations were off about one thing: venture capital. It didn’t dry up: Venture investors poured $150 billion into North American companies in 2020, up about 7% from 2019 levels. All was not rosy, however, as first-time financings comprised only a fraction of that...
choosing a business partner
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Be Cautious When Choosing a Business Partner

Sometimes the best way to start a successful business is to establish a business partnership. The right partner can bring expertise, new perspectives and networking connections that help your business get off the ground. In contrast, when you jump into a business partnership without properly vetting your partner, it could spell disaster for your company....
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4 Ways Supporting Corporate and Public Art Benefits Startups

From celebrating local history to encouraging visitors, art can have a profoundly positive impact on our public and corporate spaces. For startups wishing to build their brand and cement their place in the local community, employing the skills of artists and supporting public art projects can be an excellent means of doing so. While art...
Ann Arbor startups
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Top Ann Arbor Tech Companies and Startups to Watch in 2022

Ann Arbor continues to be one of the top growing tech ecosystems around the country with some of the best startups to watch. A combination of university talent pipelines, top-rated quality of life, growing startup ecosystem, and growing VC funding has Tree Town topping lists as one of the best places to start a tech...
Midwest startup
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How the Midwest Startup and Tech Scene Boomed in 2021

As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Silicon Valley, nor the Silicon Prairie. What’s happening in the Midwest has been years in the making, but there’s no doubt that 2021 was a huge year for Midwest startups. From major funding rounds to explosive IPOs, new funds to new...
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How Venture Capitalist Diane Yoo Chooses Her Startup Investments

With so many entrepreneurs and startup ventures seeking investment opportunities, it’s crucial that venture capitalists (VCs) create a list of criteria they want their potential investments to meet. Of course, every VC dreams of investing in a business that can grow into a billion-dollar unicorn company, but these instances are few and far between. As...
family business
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12 Keys to Family Business Success

Family members start a major portion of new businesses launched in the U.S. every year. Brothers come to mind, of course, when it comes to family business. Whatever the family ties, however, starting a business with a spouse, parents, siblings, children or other family members presents unique challenges over and above the usual problems a...
partnership structures
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Forming a Partnership? Check Out These 4 Partnership Structures

Did you know there are several partnership structures you can choose from when forming a partnership Partnerships are a popular business structure to form if you plan to go into business with another person. You might choose a trusted family member, friend, colleague or even a mentor. Two or more people enter into a partnership...
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How to Set Expectations in a Business Partnership to Ensure Success

It’s an exciting moment in the life cycle of a startup when an entrepreneur decides to establish a partnership. Businesses that create partnerships together are able to align with like-minded brands that support and enhance each other’s services. This helps create partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both partners. Over time, one successful business partnership...
exit strategy
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This Angel Investor Shares Why You Need an Exit Strategy from the Start

For founders and entrepreneurs building up their business, the initial startup stage typically focuses on the product, technology or service offering. You’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the best business concepts possible. While all of this is vital to your business and essential to the success of your company, it’s also critical...
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This Angel Investor Shares 11 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Raise Smart Money

Oftentimes, I read articles offering tips for entrepreneurs that revolve around generic advice on getting started. However, what is often direly needed is how to appeal to investors and raise smart money — knowledge that is essential for fundraising and a master key to building, accelerating and scaling your new venture. The investment platform I...