Investment scams: five red flags to look for

The digital age has made it much easier for cowboys to create convincing profiles online to extort young businesses… but with a good understanding of some common red flags, you can be confident that you are working only with legitimate potential investors.

B2A

Are we on the verge of creating artificial influencers, marketers and salesmen that will target artificial decision makers? Will procurement become an hyperfast and hypercompetitive process, akin to what high-frequency trading is today? It seems the world is already moving in this direction… Will B2A become an important part of the market?

KPIs

It is generally agreed that four to ten measurements may be suitable for the majority of companies, but the number and type of key performance indicators used may change depending on the company and also over time

Disclaimer Template

Whilst it is obviously important for the deck to include a persuasive pitch for investment, it’s also vitally important that you include a disclaimer to protect yourself from any legal action further down the line.

The Scorecard Valuation Method

Have you heard about the Scorecard Valuation Method? It is a way of determining the value of a startup and can be seen as particularly useful by pre-seed and seed-stage investors.

The Abu Dhabi Investment Scam

It recently happened to one of our clients: their company is UK based, with no operations or interests in the UAE – they are fundraising and this investor contacted them out of the blue with a tempting message…

Lean Startups & Pivots

The lean startup method aims to find and develop a business or product for which there is demand. You start with your idea, then you test and develop from the feedback you get, not according to your opinions or fixed ideas.

The Pitch Deck

Whether you’re a start-up business or looking to grow in size, when it comes to speaking with potential angel or venture capital investors, a “pitch deck” can be an invaluable asset. Typically, it is difficult and time-consuming to raise capital from investors.

TRLs

Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are a type of measurement system to assess the maturity level of a particular technology. TRLs are based on a scale from TRL 1 to TRL 9, with TRL 9 being the technology at its most mature level.

Know your investor

Finding investors can feel like an incredible thing – but make sure you carry out these checks and look before you leap.

SAFE / ASA

Early-stage valuations may feel uncomfortable for both founders and investors… Is there a simple way?

Valuations Made Easy

We are happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Equidam: an online platform for startup valuation that enables entrepreneurs to understand their valuation, transparently discuss it, and close fair deals.

Sophisticated Investors and HNWI

A sophisticated investor is an investor that has sufficient capital and experience to evaluate independently the soundness of an investment opportunity, and bring forward such investment process.

Failing Towards Success

Being a successful entrepreneur is a race all be it, at times, a slow and steady one. There is a start line and as soon as that starting gun fires there will be hurdle after hurdle along the course. The hurdles may slow you down or they may even knock you down and bring you to a halt. You determine if that hurdle is to become your finish line.

EIS

In order to encourage investment into startups and early-stage businesses the UK Government has created a tax relief scheme called EIS: Enterprise Investment Scheme. This takes the form of…

Karma Works

Everybody has a desire to accrue wealth – we all want more money for our families and for ourselves. But the vast majority of us…

Cap Table

A capitalisation table offers a breakdown of the shareholder equity that a company has. These tables or spreadsheets are known as cap tables and…

Blind Teaser

If you have decided to sell your business or are looking for investments with Venture Capital, you may be wondering whether to advertise your business with an anonymous teaser…

Slicing The Pie

When it comes to your start-up, you want to ensure complete equality of equity. Finances are of the utmost importance, and it’s essential you find a way of fairly and impartially determining the stakes in your business.

The Crowdfunding Video

Crowdfunding: you put together a video, ready to let your idea off into the investment stratosphere. But what goes in the video?