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Steven Condon 2017-09-04
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EIT Digital has launched the fourth edition of the EIT Digital Challenge — and late-stage startups or scaleups can apply with their successful digital technology products in five different categories:

Since 2014, the EIT Digital Challenge has drawn more than 1,400 entries from 27 EU countries.

Dedicated support for deep-tech ventures to scale up globally

The contest focuses on deep-tech businesses seeking to accelerate their international growth.

They have a strong research base and develop disruptive solutions that fuel the digital transformation.

However, these businesses face specific challenges that involve time to market, capital intensity, and technological risk and complexity.

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Carlton Barr 2017-09-27
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Image credit: KTSDESIGN | Getty Images

Smart entrepreneurs understand the importance of differentiating themselves -- and the opportunities and risks that come with jumping on a bandwagon.

Using natural language processing, researchers aimed to determine which descriptive terms are hot with founders and investors and which are going out of fashion.

Related: VCs Share 3 Secrets for Mastering Any Niche

“Through this lens, we can see how the challenges startups aim to solve and the solutions they aim to bring to market are changing,” CB Insights published on its blog.

The HBO comedy Silicon Valley does a spot-on job of parodying the jargon-filled, optimistic mission statements of tech companies (whatever “minimal message-oriented transport layers” are).

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Leon Bailey 2017-09-27
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A: It's interesting because one of the first things a startup needs to do is build out a marketing plan and budget.

Before we delve into that, let's first look at the PR strategy from the perspective of B2B vs. B2C startups.

For B2B companies, it's important to build awareness among other businesses and partners you want to reach.

That way, when your sales team picks up the phone and starts trying to bring these companies on as clients, they may already know who you are.

Some effective ways of doing that are investing in a trade show presence or attending targeted networking events, particularly focusing on opportunities where you can speak on stage and talk about your company or product firsthand.

At the same time you need to be budget conscious in terms of making sure every penny you have is well invested in the product and the core operational theme.

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Troy Jones 2017-09-30
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Although it can be a difficult channel to crack initially if you decide to do it on your own, it is very much possible to get good media coverage without hiring any agency.

Journalists want to write good stories and most of them welcome pitches through cold mails.

When you’re pitching, make sure you keep following points in mind:

Remember this: news-outlets don’t write about your startup, it is the individual writers that do.

Read their previous articles before deciding whether they are right fit for you or not.

They can easily identify whether you have taken time to craft your pitch for them.

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Albert Colburn 2017-09-27
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Image credit: iamthebaldeagle | Foap.com

As an ecommerce startup -- selling a socially conscious jewelry line from Kenya -- and a business with a limited marketing budget, we devote a lot of energy to thinking up ways to creatively (i.e., cheaply) yet effectively market our company and expand our customer base.

Related: Online Marketing Gets All the Buzz But Check Out the ROI for Live Events

We’ve found that planning promotional events is one of the best ways to meet our customers face-to-face and simultaneously control our brand messaging, thereby accomplishing something so important for a young company without an established brand: speaking for itself.

As we thought about how we could raise brand awareness and create buzz around our mission, we drew upon the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” and the Dark Knight Rises viral video campaign for inspiration.

When we launched a grassroots PR stunt in Central Park last year and asked people to share their dreams with us, we discovered how to deliver our message to engage with potential customers and also gathered behavioral data points to help drive our future marketing decisions.

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Laurence Lafarge 2017-10-17

There are dozens of guides for startups to reference when they are researching different aspects of growth.

But, it isn’t always easy to find them.

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Betty Gribble 2018-09-10

We searched high and low to find amazing early-stage startup founders from across the Middle East and North Africa.

And we chose only the best of the region to compete in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018.

Our world-famous startup pitch competition takes place on October 3 in Beirut, Lebanon, and we want you to join us to watch it all go down.

This is your chance to be in the room as the top early-stage startup founders of the region compete for the title of the Middle East and North Africa’s best startup.

Spectator passes cost $29 (including VAT), and you can buy your tickets right here.

Anyone who loves the tech startup scene will love watching Startup Battlefield unfold.

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Rickey Cameron 2017-01-12

Some of the world s most valuable companies are racing to remove humans from parcel deliveries.

But one U.K.-based startup is already commercializing ground drones that can carry packages or food right to a customer s door.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Amazon Inc. have highlighted air-delivery potential, with recent tests that...

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Brian Williams 2017-07-25

A report from KPMG has revealed the number of venture capital deals has continued its "gentle" slide, down seven per cent from the first quarter of this year to the second and down by a quarter from last year.

Investment is up 55 per cent this quarter to $40 billion from $29.5 billion the previous quarter, but that's been boosted by a handful of "mega deals" over $500 million including a record $5.5 billion raised by Didi Chuxing.

The quarter saw the largest number of unicorns created in two years, with 16 firms valued over $1 billion.

But even with such cash splashing around, funding is still down 14 per cent versus the same quarter last year, sparking suggestions the tech startup boom has busted.

Instead, it may be getting tougher for early-stage startups.

"What does appear to be happening is a 'flight to later-stage' - the number of deals has roughly halved since 2014, whilst the amount of capital has remained about the same," Briggs said.

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Anthony Couture 2016-09-13
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These 11 startups raised a total of $1.23 billion before launching a real product.

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Charles Rodriguez 2017-06-05

Hiten describes 3 key things to focus while building your own startup when you don't have technical expertise or good budget.

Find creative ways to finance your first steps.

Be hungry to learn along the way.

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Billy Haigh 2017-08-10
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After building a product, the hardest test a startup faces is finding the first five to ten customers who are willing to bet on you when no one has heard of your company and when your product has yet to be battle-tested.

This is by far the hardest challenge for an early-stage enterprise software startup to overcome, and it takes focus, perseverance and sometimes, a bit of luck.

Salesforce B2B Sales Benchmark Research finds that the average time for conversion from lead to opportunity is 84 days with an average conversion rate of 13%, and out of that 13% less than 1% of total leads end up becoming actual customers.

Mind you, this is across all business-to-business companies so the sales funnel numbers are likely even worse for early-stage startups.

As an early-stage founder, how are you going to find that initial product/market fit with your first token customer before you run out of cash?

When you treat those beachhead customers as partners rather than customers, they will significantly increase their commitment to your success and help you refine your product with invaluable market feedback.

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Malcolm Vanderveen 2017-07-27

Is your startup growing or failing?

For your startup to thrive in this ever-changing marketing environment, you need to build a brand awareness and become consistent at it.

Remember that branding isn’t a one-off thing, it spans throughout the lifetime of the business.

Every startup must go through the teething phase.

It this phase, it’s easy for the management to get carried away, and neglect what the target audience thinks about the brand.

In reality, what people think or perceive about your startup is more important than what you think or do.

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Isiah Jone 2017-07-19

When you start building a business you might not be able to afford expensive tools for calculations, or haven’t yet found one that fits your needs and budget.

However, you still have to do all the calculations, especially if fundraising is not far off.

In our experience, Excel and Google Spreadsheets are two of the best tools startuppers could start with for analytics.

That's why we’ve created ready-to-use Excel templates of different financial models for startups, which you could download for free and quickly adjust to your needs.

As an added bonus, we’re also explaining basic metrics for startups, their nature, and importance.

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Antonio Barron 2021-06-23
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Early-stage startups typically don't have the budget to compete against established brands for top keyword terms. Learn what to do instead.

The post SEO for Early-Stage Startups: How to Get Found in Competitive SERPs appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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Charles Houston 2021-03-31
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The startup plans to grow five times by expanding the doctor base in existing geographies, adding new towns and medicine specialties and bolstering its team and product
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Steven Condon 2017-09-04
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EIT Digital has launched the fourth edition of the EIT Digital Challenge — and late-stage startups or scaleups can apply with their successful digital technology products in five different categories:

Since 2014, the EIT Digital Challenge has drawn more than 1,400 entries from 27 EU countries.

Dedicated support for deep-tech ventures to scale up globally

The contest focuses on deep-tech businesses seeking to accelerate their international growth.

They have a strong research base and develop disruptive solutions that fuel the digital transformation.

However, these businesses face specific challenges that involve time to market, capital intensity, and technological risk and complexity.

Leon Bailey 2017-09-27
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A: It's interesting because one of the first things a startup needs to do is build out a marketing plan and budget.

Before we delve into that, let's first look at the PR strategy from the perspective of B2B vs. B2C startups.

For B2B companies, it's important to build awareness among other businesses and partners you want to reach.

That way, when your sales team picks up the phone and starts trying to bring these companies on as clients, they may already know who you are.

Some effective ways of doing that are investing in a trade show presence or attending targeted networking events, particularly focusing on opportunities where you can speak on stage and talk about your company or product firsthand.

At the same time you need to be budget conscious in terms of making sure every penny you have is well invested in the product and the core operational theme.

Albert Colburn 2017-09-27
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Image credit: iamthebaldeagle | Foap.com

As an ecommerce startup -- selling a socially conscious jewelry line from Kenya -- and a business with a limited marketing budget, we devote a lot of energy to thinking up ways to creatively (i.e., cheaply) yet effectively market our company and expand our customer base.

Related: Online Marketing Gets All the Buzz But Check Out the ROI for Live Events

We’ve found that planning promotional events is one of the best ways to meet our customers face-to-face and simultaneously control our brand messaging, thereby accomplishing something so important for a young company without an established brand: speaking for itself.

As we thought about how we could raise brand awareness and create buzz around our mission, we drew upon the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” and the Dark Knight Rises viral video campaign for inspiration.

When we launched a grassroots PR stunt in Central Park last year and asked people to share their dreams with us, we discovered how to deliver our message to engage with potential customers and also gathered behavioral data points to help drive our future marketing decisions.

Betty Gribble 2018-09-10

We searched high and low to find amazing early-stage startup founders from across the Middle East and North Africa.

And we chose only the best of the region to compete in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018.

Our world-famous startup pitch competition takes place on October 3 in Beirut, Lebanon, and we want you to join us to watch it all go down.

This is your chance to be in the room as the top early-stage startup founders of the region compete for the title of the Middle East and North Africa’s best startup.

Spectator passes cost $29 (including VAT), and you can buy your tickets right here.

Anyone who loves the tech startup scene will love watching Startup Battlefield unfold.

Brian Williams 2017-07-25

A report from KPMG has revealed the number of venture capital deals has continued its "gentle" slide, down seven per cent from the first quarter of this year to the second and down by a quarter from last year.

Investment is up 55 per cent this quarter to $40 billion from $29.5 billion the previous quarter, but that's been boosted by a handful of "mega deals" over $500 million including a record $5.5 billion raised by Didi Chuxing.

The quarter saw the largest number of unicorns created in two years, with 16 firms valued over $1 billion.

But even with such cash splashing around, funding is still down 14 per cent versus the same quarter last year, sparking suggestions the tech startup boom has busted.

Instead, it may be getting tougher for early-stage startups.

"What does appear to be happening is a 'flight to later-stage' - the number of deals has roughly halved since 2014, whilst the amount of capital has remained about the same," Briggs said.

Charles Rodriguez 2017-06-05

Hiten describes 3 key things to focus while building your own startup when you don't have technical expertise or good budget.

Find creative ways to finance your first steps.

Be hungry to learn along the way.

Malcolm Vanderveen 2017-07-27

Is your startup growing or failing?

For your startup to thrive in this ever-changing marketing environment, you need to build a brand awareness and become consistent at it.

Remember that branding isn’t a one-off thing, it spans throughout the lifetime of the business.

Every startup must go through the teething phase.

It this phase, it’s easy for the management to get carried away, and neglect what the target audience thinks about the brand.

In reality, what people think or perceive about your startup is more important than what you think or do.

Antonio Barron 2021-06-23
img

Early-stage startups typically don't have the budget to compete against established brands for top keyword terms. Learn what to do instead.

The post SEO for Early-Stage Startups: How to Get Found in Competitive SERPs appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Carlton Barr 2017-09-27
img

Image credit: KTSDESIGN | Getty Images

Smart entrepreneurs understand the importance of differentiating themselves -- and the opportunities and risks that come with jumping on a bandwagon.

Using natural language processing, researchers aimed to determine which descriptive terms are hot with founders and investors and which are going out of fashion.

Related: VCs Share 3 Secrets for Mastering Any Niche

“Through this lens, we can see how the challenges startups aim to solve and the solutions they aim to bring to market are changing,” CB Insights published on its blog.

The HBO comedy Silicon Valley does a spot-on job of parodying the jargon-filled, optimistic mission statements of tech companies (whatever “minimal message-oriented transport layers” are).

Troy Jones 2017-09-30
img

Although it can be a difficult channel to crack initially if you decide to do it on your own, it is very much possible to get good media coverage without hiring any agency.

Journalists want to write good stories and most of them welcome pitches through cold mails.

When you’re pitching, make sure you keep following points in mind:

Remember this: news-outlets don’t write about your startup, it is the individual writers that do.

Read their previous articles before deciding whether they are right fit for you or not.

They can easily identify whether you have taken time to craft your pitch for them.

Laurence Lafarge 2017-10-17

There are dozens of guides for startups to reference when they are researching different aspects of growth.

But, it isn’t always easy to find them.

Rickey Cameron 2017-01-12

Some of the world s most valuable companies are racing to remove humans from parcel deliveries.

But one U.K.-based startup is already commercializing ground drones that can carry packages or food right to a customer s door.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Amazon Inc. have highlighted air-delivery potential, with recent tests that...

Anthony Couture 2016-09-13
img

These 11 startups raised a total of $1.23 billion before launching a real product.

Billy Haigh 2017-08-10
img

After building a product, the hardest test a startup faces is finding the first five to ten customers who are willing to bet on you when no one has heard of your company and when your product has yet to be battle-tested.

This is by far the hardest challenge for an early-stage enterprise software startup to overcome, and it takes focus, perseverance and sometimes, a bit of luck.

Salesforce B2B Sales Benchmark Research finds that the average time for conversion from lead to opportunity is 84 days with an average conversion rate of 13%, and out of that 13% less than 1% of total leads end up becoming actual customers.

Mind you, this is across all business-to-business companies so the sales funnel numbers are likely even worse for early-stage startups.

As an early-stage founder, how are you going to find that initial product/market fit with your first token customer before you run out of cash?

When you treat those beachhead customers as partners rather than customers, they will significantly increase their commitment to your success and help you refine your product with invaluable market feedback.

Isiah Jone 2017-07-19

When you start building a business you might not be able to afford expensive tools for calculations, or haven’t yet found one that fits your needs and budget.

However, you still have to do all the calculations, especially if fundraising is not far off.

In our experience, Excel and Google Spreadsheets are two of the best tools startuppers could start with for analytics.

That's why we’ve created ready-to-use Excel templates of different financial models for startups, which you could download for free and quickly adjust to your needs.

As an added bonus, we’re also explaining basic metrics for startups, their nature, and importance.

Charles Houston 2021-03-31
img
The startup plans to grow five times by expanding the doctor base in existing geographies, adding new towns and medicine specialties and bolstering its team and product