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MAD MONEY # 40 Backing Horses or Entrepreneurs
added on Wednesday, June 10 2015 added on Wednesday, June 10 2015
If you were going to put money on a horse, would you be more likely to back the favourite? Would your hard earned cash go on the horse who has proved to be a previous winner? There’s a good chance the answer here is yes. OK, so now you’re going to put your money on an entrepreneur. Is someone wh ...

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NY Angel shares guide to making money with NI investors
added on Wednesday, June 10 2015 added on Wednesday, June 10 2015
One of America’s most prolific angel investors has revealed his practical but unforgiving recipe for success for angel investment, which he says is now a legitimate equity class for some of the best financial returns. David S. Rose, founder and Chairman of the New York Angels, one of the world’s ...

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MAD MONEY # 37 The Story of the Angel Who Made Money
added on Monday, April 13 2015 added on Monday, April 13 2015
You’ve seen those big piles of cash on Dragon’s Den. As if the dragons normally sit around with wads of notes strewn about the place as a form of decoration. Reality TV this isn’t. So it will be no surprise to know that in real life, business angels like to make money and don’t then leave it ...

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MAD MONEY # 36 Dot.Com Bubble 2.0?
added on Tuesday, March 24 2015 added on Tuesday, March 24 2015
I’m proud to say I was a very early adopter of the Internet. In the company I co-founded, we had one of the first NI websites – well, it was laughably simple in that it would now be referred to as brochure-ware. That is, we put our brochure up on the web. Still, it was good enough to have a BBC ...

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How to deliver your pitch
added on Thursday, March 05 2015 added on Thursday, March 05 2015
Entrepreneur Colum Courtney has only given two business pitches in his lifetime – both were on the same day and both secured funds to grow his business. He is well aware of the importance of making a successful business pitch. If you have not watched The Apprentice or Dragon’s Den, a pitch is ba ...

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FarmWizard Nets Investment from Duke’s Company
added on Monday, March 02 2015 added on Monday, March 02 2015
A COMPANY linked to the Duke of Westminster — one of the UK’s wealthiest royals — has invested in Northern Ireland agri-IT firm FarmWizard. Founder Terry Canning and investors have sold three-quarters of the web-based livestock management business to Wheatsheaf Investments, which is part of t ...

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Maths Startup’s Investment Adds Up
added on Wednesday, February 25 2015 added on Wednesday, February 25 2015
Belfast startup Komodo, which focuses on interactive maths learning, has received significant backing from top UK investors- closing a seed investment round of £255,000. Komodo is a home maths tutor system on tablets and computers for children aged 5 to 11. Winner of two industry awards, it encoura ...

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MAD MONEY # 35: Back to Front Crowdfunding
added on Tuesday, February 24 2015 added on Tuesday, February 24 2015
There are two schools of thought on using crowdfunding for your business. You can do it to get money- which always feels like a good idea- or to gain market traction and validation. But whatever your reason is for using it, you’ll undoubtedly use it in the first place since, in a sense, it’s ‘ ...

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