This is Innovate UK’s essential advice and tips on securing funding. Whether a startup, small business or SME make sure you watch the video and subscribe to our channel for more funding advice.
The video outlines and explains the most important factors for a business when trying to secure investment. The tips contains actionable advice and are supported by comments from industry experts from all sides of the funding / investment spectrum.
The 5 tips are as follows:
1) Explore all your start-up and SME funding options
Most startups start looking for investment without considering all available funding options. There are plenty of different ways to fund your business. Give consideration to all.
2) Ask for the RIGHT amount of money
This can be a tough one. Asking for the right amount of money is vital to the success of failure of your funding application. A lot of startups seek the highest amount they possibly can, this is not a wise approach.
Tailor your approach to funding around your goals. Where will the investment get you? What is your desired end result?
3) Research – know your numbers and present credible figures
It’s hugely important to do your research and know your numbers. If you don’t, you’ll never achieve investment. It’s also crucial to present an accurate and feasible projection. This is all about instilling trust. Can an investor trust you with their money?
4) Present an awesome business plan
When it comes to pitching your business, you must make a strong first impression. Stumbling over your figures or presenting out-of-date research will discredit you. You must make your business plan awesome.
5) Plan enough time for fundraising
Funding is not an overnight fix. You could have the best proposition and plan but the process will still hit delays. Make sure your business has enough to survive before funding is achieved.
Head over to our blog for even more in-depth analysis on securing funding: https://innovateuk.blog.gov.uk/2016/02/02/essential-business-tips-5-tips-to-secure-funding-for-start-ups-and-small-businesses/
Check out more essential tips on how to pitch for investment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS3An...
Find out if you are eligible to apply for innovation funding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cExDp...
Our latest funding competitions are available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-funding
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Don’t just consider one or two funding routes – like angel investment or venture capital. Explore all potential funding sources before you start raising money. Make sure you’re not missing out on other, more appropriate, forms of funding such as grants & loans
Although foreigners may now invest in A-shares, there is a monthly 20 percent limit on repatriation of funds to foreign countries.
Performance of A-shares.
Since its inception in 1990, including a major reform in 2002, the index has seen great fluctuations. Overall, however, it has grown along with the Chinese economy. The years 2015 to 2016 were a particularly difficult period, with a 52-week performance of -21.55 percent as of July 20, 2016.
As China grows from an emerging market to an advanced economy, there is substantial demand for Chinese equity. Stock exchange regulators continue efforts to make A-shares more broadly available to foreign investors and have them recognized by the global investing community.
In June 2017, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index announced a long-awaited decision it would add stocks to its index. According to CNBC, MSCI will add 222 China A Large Cap stocks to its benchmark emerging markets index gradually beginning in 2018. The MSCI website reveals the stocks it will list include the Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, Guotai Junan, Ping An Insurance, according to a document on Tsingtao Brewery, SAIC Motor, Suning Commerce and Spring Airlines.
Current Dividend Preference.
Participating Preferred Stock.
Convertible Preferred Stock.
Cumulative preferred stock includes a provision that requires the company to pay preferred shareholders all dividends, including those that were omitted in the past, before the common shareholders are able to receive their dividend payments.
Non-cumulative preferred stock does not issue any omitted or unpaid dividends. If the company chooses not to pay dividends in any given year, the shareholders of the non-cumulative preferred stock have no right or power to claim such forgone dividends at any time in the future.
Participating preferred stock provides its shareholders with the right to be paid dividends in an amount equal to the generally specified rate of preferred dividends, plus an additional dividend based on a predetermined condition. This additional dividend is typically designed to be paid out only if the amount of dividends received by common shareholders is greater than a predetermined per-share amount. If the company is liquidated, participating preferred shareholders may also have the right to be paid back the purchasing price of the stock as well as a pro-rata share of remaining proceeds received by common shareholders.
Significance to Investors.