We are now offering crowdfunding insurance from AIG

Posted by Hayden Pirkle on May 24, 2016 6:33:45 PM

Here's some exciting crowdfunding news: We're pleased to announce that we're the first crowdfunding platform in the world to offer Crowdfunding Fidelity, a crowdfunding insurance policy from American International Group (AIG) that protects investors against issuer theft.  

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The SME's  Guide to Raising Capital: P8 -  (Wise) Capital Deployment

Posted by Chris Thomas on Apr 20, 2016 12:30:26 PM
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The SME's Guide to Raising Capital: P7 - Pitch  Financials

Posted by Chris Thomas on Apr 14, 2016 3:24:48 PM

In my most recent column on the pitch, we examined the pitch from a more macro level, highlighting the importance of crafting a story and the key components around which the story is constructed. This week we are going to zoom in and look the financial model -- the numbers that serve as evidence of past and potential future growth, as well as the general financial health of the business. 

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What  mobile money can teach us about alternative finance potential

Posted by Chris Thomas on Mar 30, 2016 8:56:28 AM

A version of this post was originally published in Capital Business magazine.

In 2007, Safaricom, the leading telecommunications operator in Kenya, launched M-Pesa, a mobile payments service aimed at improving access to financial services for the Kenyan population. Due to Kenya’s geographical vastness, poverty, and underdeveloped banking system, some 80% of Kenyans were excluded from the formal financial sector at the time. This entails a lack of access to modern payment instruments and other banking services, to consumer credit and to insurance.  

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Topics: Alternative finance

The SME's Guide to Raising Capital: P6 - Business Pitch Presentation

Posted by Chris Thomas on Mar 28, 2016 3:45:00 PM

 

In the last installment of the column, we looked at the psychology and neuroscience that should be understood to best deliver a successful pitch, or in other words, convince your audience that your idea/business is a good one, and therefore suitable for investment.

In this installment, the second of three on how to pitch, we’ll examine key elements of the business pitch itself and its presentation.

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We're Partnered with STEP  Conference 2016. Get your tickets!

Posted by Hayden Pirkle on Mar 22, 2016 9:17:49 AM

We're super excited to have joined the STEP Conference 2016 as a Community Partner.  STEP 2016, which will be held at the  Dubai International Marine Club on April 4-5, is the  largest tech festival in the MENA region . It's going to be an epic gathering all things tech, startup, and investing.

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The SME's Guide to Raising Capital: P5 - Pitch Psychology

Posted by Chris Thomas on Mar 16, 2016 2:12:55 PM

The next few installments of the SME fundraising column will be focused on the business pitch, which is perhaps the most pivotal few minutes in the fundraising process. Nail it -- you’ve got great chance of raising capital. Swing and miss -- you might need to apply for another credit card.

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The SME's Guide to Raising Capital: P4 - When to raise

Posted by Chris Thomas on Mar 9, 2016 12:51:17 PM

Before diving into the the nuts and bolts of the backbone of a successful capital raise, the pitch, there is a final element to fundraising preparation that needs to discussed: when exactly you should start your raise.

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Healthy Living & Cleantech Pitch Night Recap

Posted by Hayden Pirkle on Mar 1, 2016 12:50:28 PM

The 2016 Eureeca Pitch Night  calendar started off with a bang last week in Dubai  with our   spring edition, entitled  Healthy Living &  Cleantech  .    The event featured pitches from three  businesses, either raising or soon to be raising on Eureeca,  from a number of promising growth sectors including cleantech, healthcare, corporate wellness, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  

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List of Facebook's pre-IPO investments

Posted by Chris Thomas on Feb 22, 2016 8:17:33 AM

Earlier this month I was doing some research for a presentation I was giving at an event in Dubai and I came across a breakdown of the investments secured by Facebook from 2004 to 2011. It's a pretty eye-popping list of numbers, and does a great job portraying the importance of regular capital injections for hyper-growth companies. Here's the breakdown:

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