Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Social Media Bubble: Investors See More Signs That It’s Popping: https://ow.ly/czNHh
  • Wisconsin, Upper Midwest have ingredients to attract venture capital funds: https://ow.ly/czN2n
  • Super Angels in Downing Street Investment Summit designed to leverage investment in early-stage British companies: https://ow.ly/czQx0
  • Consumer Internet Companies Fuel Growth in European Venture Capital Investment: https://ow.ly/cCIJ4
  • Figures show angel investment in New Zealand fell about 40 per cent in the year to the end of June: https://ow.ly/cCLnk
  • Auckland-based angel investor Ray Thomson has been named new chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand: https://ow.ly/cCR7z
  • Why isn’t there a European Silicon Valley? https://ow.ly/cEyj1
  • What Venture Capitalists Are Investing in Right Now: https://ow.ly/cGn9j

Business Plans & Pitching: 

 

Fund Raising:

  • Entrepreneur has new game plan for raising capital – challenging PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel to a game of chess: https://ow.ly/czP2P
  • Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo, committed to investing in a startup within 12 minutes of meeting the founder: https://ow.ly/cCOkf
  • 13 Steps For Raising a Fortune in Start-up Funding: https://ow.ly/cExvS
  • Here’s What Flickr Investor Esther Dyson Looks For In A Startup: https://ow.ly/cFova
  • Dave Lavinsky of Growthink Reveals 4 Criteria Necessary for Attracting Angel Funding: https://ow.ly/cFspv
  • 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch: https://ow.ly/cFqgS
  • 7 Ways to Turn Off an Angel Investor: https://ow.ly/cFs17

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • 2 Web Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know. What do visitors really do when they come to your website? https://ow.ly/czPtd
  • Free Business Templates for Entrepreneur and Startups: https://ow.ly/cArWr
  • 10 Movies To Inspire Every Entrepreneur: https://ow.ly/cCLWl . Can you think of any more? I think there are some good lessons in Moneyball

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world:  

  • UniPlaces, a student accommodation platform connecting students with landlords, grabs €200k seed funding from some top European investors
  • Apptopia, the marketplace where developers can sell their mobile apps, is days away from closing $1 million seed financing led by Mark Cuban
  • GiveForward, which provides free, personal fundraising websites to raise money for loved ones in need, lands $2 million Series A funding
  • NatureShare, the market leader for nature and outdoor lifestyle mobile apps, raises $1.5 million from angels and Vermont Seed
  • Olapic, which gives publishers & brands a way to collect photos from fans for use on their own websites, has closed a $1 million seed round
  • Mobikon, an integrated digital marketing and customer engagement platform for the hospitality and retail industry, lands USD 1.7M funding
  • Hello La Mode, a marketplace for luxury fashion resale, has raised a $500,000 seed round from three undisclosed angel investors
  • Pop-Up Pantry, a subscription club for food lovers that aims to let you bring the restaurant experience home with you, lands $1.7M funding
  • Lex Machina, which provides unique and trusted intellectual property (IP) litigation data and predictive analytics, lands $2 million funding
  • Crowd Vision, which offers an innovative software that extracts crowd insights from video feeds in busy locations, lands angel funding
  • 9GAG, the fast-growing community site for memes, comics and other Internet humor, has raised $2.8 million funding from VCs & angel investors
  • Videolicious, which is developing a web platform to help people and companies create and edit video, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding
  • Stremor, a startup focused on new methodologies for online content when delivered to mobile devices and tablets, has raised $2m seed funding
  • Skift, a company that offers news, insight, data, tools and services to the travel industry, has raised $500,000 from angel investors
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode, a social media firm focused on Japanese “otaku” culture, has raised angel funding from Silicon Valley and Japanese angels
  • Bizzabo, which offers a free self-service platform for event/conference organisers and a free app for attendees, lands $1.5 million funding
  • AutoMoneyBack, a website that offers a range of services for car and home buyers, has closed S$250,000 of seed funding
  • Pinfluencer, a big-data analytics and discovery marketing engine for the Pinterest platform, has raised $1.4m in seed funding
  • Instacanvas, which allows Instagram users to sell their photos as physical prints, has raised $1.7 million funding from VC’s and angels
  • Pipedrive, a CRM-replacing deal management tool built for active deal makers, lands $700k seed funding from international investors
  • ImageBrief, an online marketplace that connects image buyers with a global network of photographers, secures $600,000 angel funding
  • Health Wave, a platform for naturopathic doctors & health professionals, gets seed funding from accelerator Mercury Grove & angel investors
  • Plink, whose loyalty platform connects social media and online marketing efforts to offline sales, closes $3 million in Series A funding
  • TribeHR, a social human resources management tool for small and medium businesses, has raised $2.5 million led by Relay Ventures

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The Singapore Government Wants to Help Your Startup: Find Out How!

Startups, especially if they are being launched by first-time entrepreneurs, typically need a lot of things to go right for them to succeed. Many factors come into play; perhaps the one single most factor is where the startup’s funding will come from, and if it will sufficient to help the business grow to self-sustaining profitability. In Singapore, startups looking for some form of funding assistance can turn to the government, which provides a wide range of financing schemes and grants to encourage the development of the entrepreneurial scene in the country.

Financial assistance is just one of the many methods used by the government to create what has been named by the World Economic Forum as the “Country Most Open to International Trade”, and singled out by the World Trade Organization for its market-oriented, open economy. Singapore government helps startups in a variety of other ways such as tax holidays, help with initial contracts, partnership development, location in innovation clusters, etc.

In addition, Singapore has long been known for its great business environment, stable infrastructure, low taxes, and strategic location – all of which is attracting entrepreneurs around the world to set up their next business venture in the country. Singapore even has its own government agency, SPRING Singapore, dedicated exclusively to fostering the growth of local startups.

If you are planning on launching a startup, here is an overview of the help that Singapore government can provide to you.

Cash Grants

In order to get entrepreneurs started, several government agencies give business grants across various industries. These grants typically help pay only a portion of the total funding needed, and the business will need to meet several qualifying criteria. Nonetheless, these grants can help with the initial R&D for a new venture.

Some of the more popular grants include the ACE startups Scheme, and the Technology Enterprise Commercialization Scheme (TECS).

Business Incubation

Another way of getting some financial support for your startup is through government-backed business incubation schemes. Business incubators can give you a physical space from which to operate your business, and provide you with support, mentoring, funding, and network that can dramatically reduce the logistics problems associated with launching a startup.

Some popular business incubation schemes include SPRING Singapore’s Incubator Development Program, and the NRF Technology Incubation Scheme.

Government-Aided Equity Financing

If you are looking for funding and are open to other investors owning a share in your new venture, then one available option for you is government-backed equity finance schemes. Equity financing between private investors and enterprises is very common, but in Singapore thereco-investment schemes where the government partners with a third-party investor to provide capital to startups that meet certain qualifications are also very common.

Popular examples of these in Singapore include the SPRING Startup Enterprise Development Scheme (SEEDS), and the National Research Foundation’s Early Stage Venture Funding Scheme (EVFS).

Debt Financing

Entrepreneurs who are not comfortable with having other investors have a share in the new business, can go the traditional route and use debt financing. In this scenario, startups typically borrow funds from a bank, although the loans can come from any entity or friends and relatives.

However, debt financing also means that the money must be paid back on time regardless of whether or not the startup has already generated enough profit. To help make the process easier for startups, the government has initiated various debt financing schemes to those who meet the necessary criteria.

Some examples of these include the Micro-Loan Program and the Local Enterprise Finance Scheme.

Tax Incentives

Singapore has a very business and entrepreneur friendly tax system: Single-tier corporate tax with low tax rates, no dividend tax, no capital gains tax, and various tax exemptions. While technically not considered as funding, the Singapore government’s various tax incentive schemes for new businesses can be very helpful form of financial assistance. These tax breaks help ease the burden on startups, especially since many typically have a voracious need for cash during their early years.

For example, local startups who meet certain conditions will be eligible for a corporate tax rate of 0% during its first three years on the first S$100,000 of taxable income, and 8.5% (partial exemption) tax rate on the next S$200,000 of taxable income. The taxable income above S$300,000 will be charged at the normal headline corporate tax rate of 17%. Other tax incentives, such as those that encourage startups in certain industries, are also available.

More detailed information can be found on GuideMeSingapore.com website under the section Singapore government funding and assistance programs for start-ups.

This article is a courtesy of Janus Corporate Solutions, a leading Singapore-based firm that provides comprehensive range of Singapore business incorporation and Singapore immigration services to business professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide. For more information, visit their website at www.GuideMeSingapore.com.