protecting your ideas - intellectual property

How To Protect Your Ideas – Your Intellectual Property Options

Kurt Graver Business Development, Business Plan, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Advice

If another business is able to copy or steal your ideas, inventions, contacts, designs or knowledge your business is at risk. Protecting your ideas and intellectual property is crucial for the sustainability of your business, potential investors will reluctant to invest in a company whose intangible assets are not protected. There are five main ways to protect your business‘s intellectual …

Financial-Management

Financial Management For Startups: A Definitive Guide

Kurt Graver Business Start-up Guides

Getting a grip on the finances of your startup may seem to be a daunting task. This blog aims to demystify some of the main accounting phrases and concepts and try and help you to apply them when running your business. I am not trying to turn you into an accountant; I recommend you purchase accounting software and hire an …

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How To Get A Business Startup Loan – A Definitive Guide

Kurt Graver Business Funding, Business Start-up Guides

The Startup Loan Scheme started in May 2012. It is a government-funded initiative that provides start-up funding and mentoring for entrepreneurs across the United Kingdom. It helps solve the problem of supporting people who have a feasible business idea or want to become self-employed but have no access to funding. The Start-Up Loan programme aims to equip enterprising individuals with …

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How To Write A Business Plan: A Definitive Guide

Kurt Graver Business Plan, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Guides

If you are a serial entrepreneur or an aspiring business owner then learning how to write a business plan should be an essential part of your skillset. Being able to write a convincing business plan will help you improve and grow your business. Let’s start with what a business plan is: it is a document that outlines the vision for …

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How To Get A Bank Loan – Best Practice & Hacks

Kurt Graver Business Funding, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Advice

Applying for a bank loan is a normal part of running a small business and shouldn’t be feared. As long as you understand the process, banks are the most straightforward organisations to approach for money.  Banks are a business; they want to make money, just like you do. Banks are predictable and use the same loan scoring method as they …

Crowdfunding

5 Reasons To Crowd Fund Your Startup

Kurt Graver Business Funding, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Advice

UK-based investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube shared it assisted 105 businesses and raised £35.9 million in funding for 2014. This represents a 246% increase compared to 2013 and means Crowdcube maintains the title of the UK’s largest equity crowdfunding site. It is not just Crowdcube that has seen such huge growth. In the last 3 years, the global crowdfunding economy has …