Overview of Financial Instruments for Startup Funding

In a previous post I discussed the different types of investors available to entrepreneurs. But choosing the right investor depends also on the types of financial commitment you are willing to take on. Therefore, in this post I will discuss the main financial instruments used to fund startups – equity, debt, grants, and convertibles –... Continue Reading →

8 Tips for Friends and Family Fundraising

Startup fundraising is never easy and the current pandemic crisis makes it even harder. Typical early-stage investors, such as angel investors and venture capital funds, today might be more reluctant to take risks and bet on early-stage startups. In such situations, entrepreneurs often turn to friends and family (2F's) to support their endeavors. Asking people... Continue Reading →

Startup Investors Explained

Startups are constantly looking for funding to support their growth. Here is a brief explanation of the different types of investors that typically support entrepreneurs in their journeys. Friends and Family These are people you (obviously) know personally and who decide to help you in your endeavor. Think “rich uncle”. These investors usually have little... Continue Reading →

5 Ways Entrepreneurship Ecosystems are Using Technology to Adapt to the Covid-19 Crisis

Guest post by Zaki Raheem During this unprecedented global economic downturn caused by COVID-19, accelerators, incubators, and other entrepreneurship support organizations have a valuable role to play in supporting entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and frontier markets. For corporates, foundations, donors, and development banks that support these entrepreneurship ecosystems, we offer... Continue Reading →

6 Ways Innovation and Entrepreneurship Promote Prosperity

It is not a coincidence that the most developed nations are also the ones with the highest levels of entrepreneurial activity and innovation. While starting from a minimal level of development helps support the latter two, for example through basic access to capital and institutional stability, the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on the economy... Continue Reading →

How international development organizations can help scale BOP businesses

Most discussions regarding the scaling of base of the pyramid (BOP) models focus on financing the BOP companies themselves. While this is obviously very important and the way to go in the majority of cases, there are other ways development finance institutions (DFIs) could help BOP ventures scale. My first company, PV Inova, was a... Continue Reading →

The Benjamin Button Startup

Guest post by Suhail Kassim A new startup is like a baby A startup needs to be cradled and nourished. Even so, there is no certainty that the baby will grow up to be a lean mean fighting machine. In this post, I begin to investigate the phenomenon of some exciting startups which then refuse... Continue Reading →

5 Bad Excuses Not To Start a Business

Lame reasons to give up before you even start I often hear people claim to have good ideas for a business, but say they can’t pursue them for one reason or another. Some of course are valid, but others are misconceptions that deserve to be revisited. Here are the top five from my experience. 1.... Continue Reading →

Copycat Businesses Can Be Great

Innovation is relative, originality overrated Innovation is one of the sexiest words in the business vocabulary. However, originality can be overrated, especially when it comes to the opportunity of bringing a proven business concept to a new market. The world is full of examples of copycat business models that were successfully replicated in new countries.... Continue Reading →

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