‘Until only few years back ‘whatsapp’ used to be a typo and ‘cloud’ was found in the sky.” This statement by Adaire Fox-Martin, SAP’s APJ President, seemed to capture the pace of technology diffusion in recent years and the essence of the discussion on ‘Hyperconnectivity and its role in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. Ms. Fox … Continue reading Hyperconnected Gujarat? SAP and CIIE team up to boost hi-tech entrepreneurship in the State.
Two words that startups choose to ignore, but should notice without fail – Human Resource! Onboarding, training and employee retention are enormous tasks for companies of all sizes. More so, start-ups need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upset the workplace environment, operation cycles, business continuity and customer relationships. Experts even add that HR … Continue reading Managing human resources in ICT startups
Ask any startup founder to rank their biggest challenges…inevitably human resources will make it to the list. Entrepreneurs around the globe are helping solve big problems like cashless travel & transportation, finding remedies for diseases, building CRM platforms for businesses and a lot more. But, there are a handful who have started ventures that address … Continue reading Our Social Impact Startups Talk About Tackling Critical HR Challenges
Effective mentoring is arguably one of the most crucial determinants of success for a startup. We connected with Vishal Pandya from ReConnect and conversed with him on the role of mentors and how they’ve helped to shape REConnect. Vishal, an electrical engineer by profession & an alumnus of IIT Bombay has his passion rooted deep … Continue reading Making the Most of Mentors: Guide for Mentees 101
Funding your Startup? Take a step at a time! No one’s waiting to make an investment in your startup just because you have an exciting out-of-the-box business idea! Harsh as it sounds, that’s the reality! Startup funding doesn’t come easy…it’s a tough nut to crack. Seasoned investors will always expect to own a portion of … Continue reading Fundraising for your Startup, One Step at a Time!
What do investors look at when they invest in a startup? How do they form their pipeline? How much importance do they place on the team? What is their due diligence process? – are some questions that every startup asks. CIIE spoke with investors in both the early and mid to late stages. For this … Continue reading In Conversation with Three Leading Investors
How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do you determine startup valuation? That is the question you will be asking yourself when you look for money for your company. Let’s lay down the basics. Valuation is simply the value of a company. … Continue reading How Startup Valuation Works
As a startup, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the heady narcissism of headlines and press hits. Seeing your startup’s name in an article is like hearing your band’s song on the radio: We made it! The feeling is intoxicating. Your investors may or may not feel the same buzz and neither … Continue reading Startups: PR is not a magic wand for success
Raising venture capital isn’t the easiest thing to do. Once you have established a need for the VC, how do you go about it? The very first question that you’ve all got to figure out is – what is the single most important thing that a VC is looking for when you come to them … Continue reading How to be the type of entrepreneur that VCs would like to invest in?
Building a startup requires hard work and perseverance. It is not something that should be done alone, as it requires a combination of technical and business capabilities, as well as industry knowledge and experience; qualities which are rare for one person to possess. You need a co-founder with whom you can share the ups and … Continue reading Finding a co-founder is just like marriage