How to fund your own startup

India ranks fifth in the world in terms of startups, with nearly 3,100 currently in operation. ” India is seeing high quality of entrepreneurs giving up large opportunity costs and it has never been witnessed before. This, combined with the Internet growth story, makes it a very attractive investment market,” says Gopal Modi, President, Investments, Orios Venture Partners.

In tandem with the surging enterprise, funds are flowing in like never before and the country is buzzing with options—venture capitalists, angel investors, incubators and banks. Currently, the number of active investors in the country include 172 VCs, 43 angel investors and 48 incubators. As much as $4.75 billion of VC funding came through in 2014 and it has already touched $3.18 billion in 2015. Flipkart made the biggest splash with its two rounds of $1.7 billion funding, the highest in 2014, according to Venture Intelligence and Tracxn!, two of the VC tracking firms.
The business environment is also turning more conducive, with the government setting up the MUDRA Bank, which offers a corpus of Rs 20,000 crore for small and medium enterprises. Besides, various banks and finance companies have stepped up to encourage the trend.

If this has got you fired up to launch your own enterprise, hold on. Stories abound of individuals who have raised millions of dollars with merely ideas and passion as collateral, but these often overshadow the struggle, sweat and tough negotiations that go into soliciting funds. Without a feasible business plan and working model, it is not easy to secure capital. Even if you do, keeping the venture afloat is difficult. A good start does translate into half the work done, but how do you go about securing the much-needed funds?

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Finance, Motivations

Crowdfunding Advice From the Kickstarter Consultant with an Amazing 100-Percent Success Rate

Dubbed the “Crowdsourceress,” Daly has a unique knack for running successful Kickstarter campaigns. It’s likely that you’ve even helped fund a few of them. Through her company Vann Alexandra, Daly has helped launch and run campaigns such as the Joan Didion Documentary, TLC’s final album, the Standards Manual (co-created by her boyfriend and collaborator, Hamish Smyth) and Eric Reis’s latest book, The Leader’s Guide (which we wrote about here). The company has a 100-percent success rate so far, and has several new campaigns in the works, including NYCTV, an initiative to help independent video creators and filmmakers.
Daly has proven extremely adept at organizing others’ funding campaigns, but she had never attempted one of her own until yesterday, when she and Smyth Kickstarted a limited-edition poster with all 468 New York City subway stations painstakingly hand-drawn and arranged in alphabetical order. Perhaps not surprisingly, the project exceeded its $29,800 funding goal on the first day. As that project was about to launch, we caught up with the Crowdsourceress to tease out some of the secrets of her success.

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Sidbi’s electronic platform to make it easier for start-ups to access institutional funds

The high-end technology platform will enable investors to manage and monitor investments in small enterprises, while giving start-ups a one-stop shop for meeting their funding needs

Raising institutional finance – both equity and debt – is likely to become easier for early-stage start-ups. Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi), which targets micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), is setting up an electronic platform for institutional investors, angel and venture capital funds, start-up accelerators and incubators ventures to meet the financing needs of early-stage start-ups.

The collaborative electronic platform under the National Innovation Finance Programme (NIFP) is currently in the development phase in the Centre for Innovation and Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. The high-end technology platform, backed with analytics tools, will enable investors to manage and monitor investments in small enterprises, while giving start-ups a one-stop shop for meeting their funding needs.

At the pilot stage, the electronic platform would offer assistance to 10-15 start-ups, before ramping it up to the need of 500-odd companies.

According to K I Mani, general manager, Sidbi, SME Development Centre, the development bank is playing the role of a “market maker” in this exercise, while collaborating with different stakeholders, including the IIM Centre and the German sustainable development agency, GIZ GmbH. “We want to bridge the gaps in the MSME system, rather than become the biggest lender to the sector,” says Mani.

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Sebi picks Narayana Murthy to head panel on startup funding platform

India’s capital markets regulator has named Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy to head a panel that will devise rules for a new funding platform for homegrown start-ups, the regulator said on its website.
In March, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced an alternative investment platform targeted at the country’s booming internet start-ups, relaxing some key requirements to encourage them to list at home.
Murthy’s Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) will devise policy and rules for the new platform, and is modeled after other regulatory panels that advise markets regulator Sebi on capital market policies.
The regulator released the details on its website as part of the panel’s terms of reference.
Tough rules have made start-up listings difficult in India, where rules restrict, for example, early exits of original shareholders.
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Finance, Motivations

The 3 Decisions That Will Change Your Financial Life

There’s nothing worse than a rich person who’s chronically angry or unhappy. There’s really no excuse for it, yet I see this phenomenon every day. It results from an extremely unbalanced life, one with too much expectation and not enough appreciation for what’s there.

Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment. But how do you cultivate balance in life? What’s the point of achievement if your life has no balance?

For nearly four decades, I’ve had the privilege of coaching people from every walk of life, including some of the most powerful men and women on the planet. I’ve worked with presidents of the United States as well as owners of small businesses.

Across the board, I’ve found that virtually every moment people make three key decisions that dictate the quality of their lives.

If you make these decisions unconsciously, you’ll end up like majority of people who tend to be out of shape physically, exhausted emotionally and often financially stressed. But if you make these decisions consciously, you can literally change the course of your life today.

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National Conference on MSME Funding





5th March 2015, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

CII is organizing a National Conference on MSME Funding with an objective to enable MSME business on Thursday, 5th March 2015 in New Delhi.

Shri Kalraj Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for MSMEs, Government of India would be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session along with Mr Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Government of India. Other eminent personalities such as Deputy Governor, RBI and other leading financial and regulatory institutions would be deliberating in this conference.

This National Conference would have Policy Makers, Bankers, Regulators, Financial Institutions and MSMEs who would be attending this conference and chalking out way forward on enabling the growth of MSME Business in India through Funding & Support mechanism.

Key highlights of the Conference includes:

§  Current Situation of MSMEs in India- Funding, Taxation, Regulatory Mechanism & Challenges


§  Regulation & Policies for a Sustainable MSME Ecosystem and to Make India a Destination for Pro-SME Business Environment


§  Financial Inclusion for MSMEs- Easing Norm, Easing Transparency & Meeting Financial Expectations


§  Changing Role of Regulators and Financial Institutions-MSME as Priority Sector Lending and Incentives & Subsidies as MSME Enablers


§  Opportunities for Banks/NBFCs in MSME Financing Space & Their Strategies for MSME Financing

§  New Funding Options for  MSMEs- Equity, Crowd Funding & Angel Investment as Viable Options

§  MSMEs Insurance Structure in India –Need Based Analysis and Risk Due to Under-Insurance


§  SME Credit Rating-Challenges to Bring in Uniformity

§  Role of SME Exchange for New Generation SMEs


§  Effective Fund Management by MSMEs-Challenges & Opportunities


§  TechNovation Deficit in MSME Sector in India-Opportunities Ahead

§  Export Potential of Indian MSME- Sectorial Analysis

§  Funding MSME Export, R&D



  • Mr HR Khan, Deputy Governor RBI
  • Mr Vijay Chandok, President ICICI Bank
  • Mr KV Srinivasan, CEO Reliance Commercial Finance
  • Dr Sunita Chhibba, Economic Advisor, Ministry of MSME, Government of India
  • Dr Neeraj Sharma, Head TDT, Policy Research Cell, Department of Science & Technology
  • Mr Vivek Pathak, Regional Director South Asia, IFC
  • Mr D Mozumdar, CGM, State Bank of India
  • Mr Ajay Thakur, Head SME Buisness, BSE SME Exchange
  • Mr Antu Joseph, National Head SME, Federal Bank
  • Mr Rajiv Soni, Head SME Buisness, ONICRA
  • Dr Rangarajan, Head SME IIFT
  • Mr Souvik Sen, Buisness Head SME, Reliance Commercial Finance

This Conference will provide a platform to exchange business ideas and experience between MSMEs and Financial Institutions, to update relevant information about financial  market and to bring together Senior Executives from Government Departments, Regulators, Banks and Financial Institutions, Financial Consultants, Credit Insurance Companies, Credit Rating Agencies and subject matter experts to interact with MSMEs for creating awareness about the new developments as well as other facilities available to them for their growth. Through presentations, speeches, panel discussions, question and answer sessions and networking; eminent personalities from various fields will discuss various finance related issues and share their knowledge, expertise and views on the subject matter.

Please register through the following Link:



N M P Jeyesh
Confederation of Indian Industry

Plot No 249 F, Sector 18, Udyog Vihar, Phase IV
Gurgaon – 122 015 (Haryana, India)
Tel: +91-124 – 401 4060-67 / 401 4053 (D);

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These New-age Entrepreneurs and visionaries are redefining the way business has been traditionally done. Through every new opportunity, we see individuals who are not only young but are also not averse to taking risks.

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Government may tweak rules to save startups from angel tax

Startups currently in the market for angel funding may soon not have to worry about the taxman or relocating overseas. The government is working towards a solution to ring-fence angel investments that are currently taxable under the Income Tax Act. The move, if pushed through before or in the upcoming Union Budget, would help accelerate the growth of the domestic angel investor community and stem the drain of startups and critical intellectual property to overseas locations such as Singapore, North America and the UK.

The amendments under discussion, if taken on board, would directly benefit organised angel investor networks such as IAN, Mumbai Angels and Hyderabad Angels. IAN is currently the largest organised angel investor network with 350-odd members and more than 60 investments to date. In 2014, such networks along with high-profile individual angels such as Google India chief Rajan Anandan, iSprit founder Sharad Sharma and AppLabs founder Sashi Reddi, pumped $115 million into 285 startups, according to data from VCCEdge. This, however, is miniscule compared with the late-stage capital that venture capitalists invested, closing off 2014 with $2.1 billion.

“The population of genuine investors who are willing to put money on the table is not growing fast enough. This move will encourage more investors to participate in funding startups,” said Ravi Kiran, founder of Mumbai-based startup accelerator and angel network Venture Nursery, which has 30 angels in its network.

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