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Seedcorn Business Competition returns for 2018

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th April 2018
The All-Ireland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition is back for 2018, with a total cash prize fund of €280k and the ambition to help early stage innovative companies get investor ready and to introduce them to valuable networks. Aimed at independent ventures incorporated on the island of Ireland (ROI or NI) in the seed, startup or early stages of business development and ideally targetin...
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Why you must quality check the readability of your business plan

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th October 2017
Business plans are part and parcel of... well, business life. Without a business plan, you don’t have a roadmap of where you want to go. If you’re seeking funding, a business plan becomes even more critical. Investors and VCs need to quickly see the potential of your company. If you make them work to understand your business idea, they will quickly disengage. So the pressure is on to...
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Starting a Business in 2017 - A Beginner Checklist

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th January 2017
If the New Year has given you the motivation to start that new business you’ve been thinking of for a while, there will be a lot to consider and plan in the coming weeks. We have put together this 10 area starting-a-business checklist to help you a little, rounding up some of our most useful beginner articles on the subject, plus some top content from around the internet.   Concept st...
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How to get your business ready for action

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th January 2016
How to get your business ready for action! As you march off into the unchartered territory of self-employment no one would blame you for being a tad overwhelmed by the whole thing. Uncertain times lie ahead, and your mind is no doubt filled with all the things that could potentially go wrong. Whilst a certain amount of caution can be a useful thing in the world of business, too much can hav...
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Writing a Business Plan, Step by Step Guide Part 3

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th July 2015
Welcome to part 3 of our guide to writing a business plan.  Section 5- The History of the Business and its Team The simple truth is that no matter how revolutionary your product is, you also need to sell the idea that the team you have constructed to bring it to fruition are ready and capable to deliver.  No matter who the person reading your business plan is, they will be very keen to ...
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Writing a Business Plan, Step by Step Guide Part 2

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th July 2015
Thanks for joining us at Startacus, the Self Start Society.  Here’s part two of our guide to writing a business plan. Section 2 -An overview of your business This is essentially a profile of your business! It follows on naturally and logically from your executive summary, in the sense that it introduces and explores some key insights into the business you are proposing, with ...
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What to include in a business plan

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th April 2015
So you have decided what type of business to start and created a functional working environment, now it is time to get cracking on your business plan. A daunting task? Perhaps. But don’t let that phase you; this is one of the most crucial steps in creating a new business and you cannot afford to let apprehension or uncertainty stand in your way. When it comes to business plans, one of the m...
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How to start a take away

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2014
Why not start up a takeaway? For advocates of an uber healthy organic approach to eating, it might come as an unwelcome surprise that takeaway food remains one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy. The appeal of the quick, easy and tasty shows no sign of abating, and for many fast food / takeaways seem the most obvious and appealing option to satisfy our inner grumblings. This is fant...
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How to write a Good Business Plan

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th July 2014
Conrad Ford of business finance experts 'Funding Options' writes for Startacus about creating a good business plan. Creating a business plan can often feel like a necessary evil undertaken with a heavy heart and the sole aim of convincing unfriendly third-parties to part with the funding you need. But to create a really great business plan, you should be thinking not just about the end-game but...
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