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14Dec 18

Sell, Sell, Sell. Demystifying the Sales Task in Startups by Video

Selling is tough. It is a daunting task. It's often the most under rated and acknowledged skill in business.   But for any startup company to be successful, it needs to be done. We all need to embrace sales.  We've collected a few sales related videos for you to see past the sales challenge. Well, the…

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05Dec 18

The Scaleup Challenge

Starting a business is easy, but getting a venture to a state where it can trade successfully, on a profitable sustainable basis is difficult. Even after taking in rounds of investment, haveing a venture you can IPO or sell, the toughest task for anyone.  For the leadership team to take an idea to a fully…

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27Nov 18

The Pros and Cons of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has taken the start-up ecosystem by storm. Companies like Kickstarter, Seedrs and Crowdcube have become a funding choice for entrepreneurs. What may have seemed slightly risky or too unconventional for a mainstream business, have now become established and a clear alternative route to get funding into your business. If you are considering raising finance…

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24Nov 18

5 Ways Selling Makes The Difference To Scaling Up

We’ve long understood the concept of ‘crossing the chasm’. The task of established start-ups who have found the repeatable business model, but can’t get to that next step – the step of scaling up. Great products, cool brand, nice looking website. You’ve even got customers, an office, some staff, a pretty good social media presence…

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10Jul 18

Startups are not maximising R&D tax credits for business innovation in UK & Ireland

Business innovation in startups and small businesses is often high risk and cost intensive.   In many countries, governments put in policies to support technology innovation.  If you are actively carrying out business innovation projects you need to invest some time to find out if your business can avail of R&D tax credits. That's an incredible…

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28Jun 18

5 Reasons Why A Great Story is Needed to Sell Innovation

Engaging an audience and looking for support for your business idea is easy, but gaining funding or a green light to take your idea forward is the challenge in which so many fail to achieve. Good slides, nice numbers, and great delivery is never enough. What you have to do is weave stories into your…

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16Jun 18

The A-Z Modern Jargon for Business Innovation

Business innovation managers and startup entrepreneurs beware, the following 26 pieces of jargon are here with us to stay. Enjoy. My first experience of business jargon was back in the early 1990s, where I was asked to run an idea up the flagpole, to see who would salute it’. After all, we were looking for…

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15Jun 18

Royal Visitors Meet Rural Startups

We were honoured to be asked to get together six startup companies from County Tyrone to meet with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at a private reception in the village of Gortin. Diane Roberts greeted the royal couple and introduced them the companies who showcased their products and shared their own…

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10Jun 18

Connecting Startups With Corporate Innovation

Over the past few years there has been a shift in the way mainstream companies regard innovation. Innovation within regular companies are endless meetings, financial approval, various different stakeholders - all of course slows down innovation. When these companies look at startups, they see small teams creating a mass of new ideas and bringing them…

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04Jun 18

Finding Product Market Fit In Business Innovation. What questions to ask, and how.

Finding a product/market fit is the most important task a new business idea has.  Forget branding, marketing, selling, getting press coverage - that means you are simply spending money and time you cant afford to.  A central part of our startup innovation bootcamp and our business modelling approach is idea validation. Understanding how or if your…

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30May 18

16 Idea Generation Techniques

Ideas are things that come and go too often. Without a framework to capture and develop ideas in your business you are possibly losing out on potential new products or new ways of operating. The really great ideas usually spring unexpectedly in moments of inspiration. It becomes easier to come up with great ideas when…

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30May 18

The Three Stages of Successful Ideation

Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.  Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualisation.  Ideation can be conducted by individuals, companies, service providers and…

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28May 18

Managing Innovation In The 4th Industrial Revolution

We are all hearing about the fourth Industrial Revolution, but what exactly is it? If you are a startup or managing business innovation should we care? It's definitely a topic that has been talked about over the past few years but gained even more prominence The first Industrial Revolution was characterised by steam and water. The…

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13May 18

8 Tips For The Perfect Startup Pitch

Pitching your business to a room of possible investors is daunting. If you are number 5 on a running list of 8 pitches at a pitch session read on - you have to stand out. A room of potential supporters will have their minds full of a whole of other stuff. It’s your job to…

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04May 18

Open Innovation Means #startupINNOVATION

So what is Open Innovation and why adopt it with a Startup mindset? Open innovation is a term used to promote a mindset towards business innovation that is in distinct contrast to the traditional silo mentality of corporate research labs. The benefits of increased openness have been acknowledged as far back as the 1960s when…

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29Apr 18

When to apply Design Thinking and/or Lean Startup

Design Thinking and Lean Startup are part of the innovation portfolio. These methodologies are being used by corporates as well as startups to structure and de-risk their innovation activities. Inspired by success stories such as Uber and Airbnb companies are increasingly looking to Design Thinking and Lean Startup for answers. To effectively solve problems, it is…

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26Apr 18

6 Things Big Business Can Learn From Startups About Innovation

What’s the key advantage that start-ups consistently hold over big businesses when it comes to innovation? We take a look at 6 ways startups innovate, and see what they can teach big companies.  1. Agility. Start-ups have to be agile to survive. Since they aren’t sure what will work in the marketplace, they are forced…

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26Apr 18

10 Innovation Initiatives To Kickstart Your Business

We’ve put together 10 innovation initiatives to take look at. 1. External Startup Accelerator. An external startup accelerator is a company initiative to support, grow and evaluate external startups over a defined period of time (say 3-12 months). The aim here is to garner ideas and technologies that may fit into your innovation portfolio over…

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24Apr 18

Innovation Measurement. Can Innovation Be Measured?

Innovation metrics are difficult to set and measure. We typically assume that innovation as a soft skill, that can’t be measured at all. This is incorrect as it complicates innovation’s crucial role in developing company-wide added value. Although measuring innovation is possible and necessary, it’s still a touchy subject for most innovation manager. Why? 1. Innovation is…

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24Apr 18

Coworking Space vs. Startup Incubator vs. Accelerator: Which is Best?

Incubator, accelerator, and co-working space are three common terms in the startup world. However, if like me you have ever felt you don’t really understand the difference between them, then we are not alone. The difference is not always as clear. Because of this confusion around definitions, it can be challenging to know which option offers…

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