In the race to scale a business, everyone moves at their own pace. Some startups seem to be going slowly only to unexpectedly take giant strides forward. Others appear to be heading the wrong way when actually they have figured out a shortcut that nobody else had noticed. The founders and startups that defy the norms and end up setting the pace are often those who have a deep understanding of best practices and are able to learn from the successes and failures of others in and beyond their environment and sector.
VC4A is on a mission to offer support for every stage of the startup journey. Being VentureReady means being capable, agile and responsive to the internal and external needs and opportunities your venture needs to deal with. VentureReady Hacks are bite-size video clips where top tips and hacks are shared by business experts and seasoned investors from the VC4A community.
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Advise on where to register a startup and its intellectual property by Lexi Novistske – Startup Setup 14
Lexi Novitske talks us through the importance of where you register you business in the week’s hack. Does the market where your company and
What should founders know before pursuing investment by Dotun Olowoporoku – Startup Setup 13
Knowing the limitations of the types of investments available should not be underestimated. Grants can help founders kickstart an MVP and prove or val…
Growth hacking tips for entrepreneurs, by Justin Spratt – Startup Setup 12
Who should do your company’s Growth Hacking? Growth Hacking deals with what is traditionally known as sales and marketing. Outsourcing that direct con…
How an angel investment round works, by Tomi Davies – Startup Setup 11
In this week’s hack, acclaimed investor Tomi Davies gives a short masterclass in taking on your first capital after putting your own money in.
How to manage growth as a startup, by Sylvie Dalode – Startup Setup 10
Every company is a unique sum of choices made in the pursuit of growth. In this week’s hack, we look at how leaders apply
How grants and awards can help startup entrepreneurs, by Dotun Olowoporoku – Startup Setup 9
Some startups need help building an MVP to prove or validate a business model. In this hack, Dotun Olowoporoku – Associate Investment Director a…
How to define a growth strategy, by Sylvie Dalode – Startup Setup 8
“Growth” is a broad term often overused in business. As a founder, defining what specifically you mean by growth, is essential. On the Afr…
How to prepare for growth as a startup, by Justin Spratt – Startup Setup 7
As a founder, you don’t want your growth to outstrip your ability to finance that growth. This week Justin Spratt, Head of Strategic Partnership…
How to build your team, by Juliet Wanyiri -Startup Setup 6
The team that a founder starts off with is a major factor that will impact their startup’s ability to overcome inevitable shocks ahead. In
How to build a sustainable business model, by Dr. Ndidi Nnoli Edozien -Startup Setup 5
In this hack, Dr. Ndidi Nnoli Edozien helps frame how a team of people can leverage capital and land to build scalable solutions that