Intellectual Property Protection: A Simple Guide for Startups

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Intellectual Property is one of the most important assets of a startup, particularly if you are doing something disruptive or with new technology or new processes. Here's a simple guide for startups to intellectual property protection:

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Business Planning Top Tips for Startups

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Investor readiness is the process of getting your business to the point that equity investors are willing to invest in your business. Attracting equity investors requires an accurate understanding of what the investor is looking for and how the venture will be perceived along those dimensions. This is where the business plan is key. Read on for some business planning top tips for startups as well as details of InterTradeIreland's 2019 Seedcorn competition:

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How to Save Money on Your Startup Transportation Costs

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If your small business ships product or has services that require transport, then you can often find your fuel costs causing a headache. However, there are many ways to keep your transportation costs low throughout the year. Here are some tips to help you save money on your startup transportation costs:

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Grants and Support to Help New Businesses in Ireland

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You think you have a great business idea – but how do you get it off the ground? Well, for budding entrepreneurs, there’s no end of help available. Here's a round up of grants and supports to help new businesses in Ireland:

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How to Get the First Client for Your Business

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Starting a new business is not easy, no matter what people may want you to believe. And the worst part can actually be the first steps, those awkward days of gaining your first client and earning that hallowed first invoice. The thing is, your first customer is your most important customer in a way, because once you have one, you can reference them to other prospective customers you are talking to. Here are tips for how to get the first client for your business:

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20 Questions to Ask a Franchisor Before Considering a Franchise

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If you are considering joining a franchise you will need to carry out due diligence before coming to a decision. Any established, reputable franchisor will be ready to answer your questions and introduce you to the rest of their network. Here are 20 questions you should ask a franchisor before you make the decision to buy into a franchise.

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A Useful List of Market Research Questions For Startups or Product Launches

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Are you a start up seeking market research? Are you launching a new product and need to do some research on the market for the new product? Here is a useful list of market research questions for startups or product launches:

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How to Determine If You Have a Good Idea for a Business

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The biggest problem with entrepreneurs is their complete fixation on their product or service. They are passionate about the idea they have come up with. But how do you know if it is a good idea? Here's how to determine if you have a good idea for a business:

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Back for Business Open Call for Applicants

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Have you recently returned to Ireland and have you been thinking about starting your own business? Do you know someone who is? The Back for Business programme might be of interest and they have a call for applicants to apply before 25th January 2019:

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7 Online Marketing Strategies Every Business Startup Needs

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Online marketing is transforming the face of business these days, and it is becoming an essential part of establishing one's business. In today’s fast-paced business industry, every startup needs to establish its brand name as well as improve its online presence with a robust online marketing strategy. Here are 7 online marketing strategies every business startup needs:

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7 Non-Venture Capital Financing Options for Startups

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It isn’t uncommon for entrepreneurs and small business owners to seek venture capitalists to fund their business. Venture capital (VC) is an institutional or private investment made into new businesses. However, if you are not interested in going this route, here are 7 non-venture capital financing options for entrepreneurs.

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5 Tips For Building the Perfect Startup Team

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A startup company is only as good as its team. No matter how good your idea is, no matter how much experience you have, your startup’s success will depend completely on the people you hire. Here are 5 tips For building the perfect startup team.

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10 Practical Tips for Writing a Business Plan

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The first thing most people will tell you when they hear you are thinking of starting your own business is that you will need a business plan. Here are some tips to get you started, with our 10 practical tips for writing a business plan:

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Why Generation Z Could Lead the Way in Creating a New Entrepreneurial Wave

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Results of a new survey have revealed that younger generations are hungrier than ever to go it alone in the world of business. A new study conducted by price comparison website Know Your Money has revealed that almost two thirds ( 64.8% ) of 16-24 ye...
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Counting the Cost of your Company Van

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Counting the Cost of your Company Van Business is going well, you are doing more jobs, suddenly you realise that the trusty van you are using is no longer sufficient and it’s time to invest in a replacement. Great – now is the perfect time for a seri...
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7 Irish Business Competitions To Win Investment

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I was prompted to create a post containing Irish business competitions to win investment after the success of my  Irish Technology and Irish Business awards  article. There can be a fine line between accelerator programmes and competitions, so I’m st...
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Excellent post (again).
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Why I invest in Failing Early Stage Companies

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A few days ago I got upset enough to troll a connection. Okay, it was only a critical comment and not intended to offend, but it annoyed me completely.  Why?   Because of this well-meaning comment. "... call to all AgTech Start-Ups. If you are intere...
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Don’t Choose Awkward Business Names Like These

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It is completely okay to have a little bit of humor in your business title but there is a very fine line between humor and disaster . Some entrepreneurs just for the sake of getting noticed choose names that are downright nonsensical and at times off...
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4 Questions to Help You Find Your Ideal Business Premises in London

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Getting ready to launch a new business is nerve-wracking and exciting – even more so if you’re planning to open up shop in the capital. You’ll already know that the market is exceptionally competitive, and that only 53.7% of businesses in the UK surv...
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