Whisks at the ready, it's time to whip up some delicious sweet treats for your friends, family and colleagues as Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning returns for 2018. The annual fundraiser, which will be held across the country on Friday, September 28, encourages bakers of all abilities come together over a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake, while donating money to Macmillan. This year we've teamed up with Resorts World to offer one lucky CoventryLive reader the opportunity to win a set of gorgeous treats especially backed by Resorts World pastry chef supremos Darryl Collins and Bharat Chandegra. You can see how to enter here - and at the end of this feature. But just in case you don't get lucky this time, we've already got a back up plan in place, just for you. Last year a whopping £27 million was raised for Macmillan, with an incredible £851,000 raised West Midlands alone, which helped provide support to cancer suffers and their families. And with the new series of … [Read more...] about Bake cakes like a professional and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support
How to raise seed funding
By Ruth DorisThe world’s major brands know the importance of crowd-sourced content, and soon videos will make up most of all online content.Crowd-sourced video content is at the core of the business models of two Irish companies, CultureMee and FanFootage.The CultureMee app says it aims to help travellers to avoid culture shock by providing practical travel advice, culture tips, and using crowd-sourced videos from users around the world.Founders Dee and John Lee came up with the idea during a trip to east Africa. The couple had visited Tanzania and, having arrived in Zanzibar, realised that although the archipelago is part of Tanzania, the region uses different plugs.The concept evolved from that practical dilemma. They realised that a the heart of a traveller’s experience was the culture of the places.Mr Lee had worked for CRH where he had used graphs to compare cultures before entering into negotiations with partners, so he knew “it could be applied to the real … [Read more...] about Irish start-ups show how to source video for online
Inti Paolucci, partner, at GapMinder, tells BR that the venture capital fund is looking to provide seed investments in the EUR 200,000 – EUR 4 mln band for promising start-ups in Romania as funding of this type has been scarce in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem up to now. What are the main things taken into account by GapMinder when looking to finance a start-up? We target companies with following characteristics: Acceleration and early stage companies both B2B and B2C with initial traction, portability and scale potential. Companies with regional, European or Global ambitions. Sustainable differentiators that offer long term competitive advantage, including unique technologies. Services / products with broad mass appeal or address basic daily needs (“toothbrush philosophy”). Competent, α-profile but coachable management, with full commitment to the ventures, and with motivation and ambition needed for success. Attractive potential for appreciation and … [Read more...] about Interview. Inti Paolucci (GapMinder): We aim to provide seed funding up to EUR 4 mln for Romanian start-ups
For startups, securing the first round of funding is a daunting process. Doing so requires founders to take what is often a very complex idea, product or solution, and boil it down to dollars and cents for investors who, for the most part, only care about how quickly they will make their money back. The process will test an entrepreneur's commitment to her idea while any and all unforeseen business issues are brought to light. Related: 5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital This was certainly the case for a fintech company we invested in early on, whose model was to dispute customer chargeback claims for online retailers. After investing in them in 2010, both my team and theirs struggled and questioned whether or not investing at that stage was the right decision. At the time, chargebacks weren't well understood, and the team was manually disputing cases on behalf of clients. The process was time consuming and expensive, and few clients were willing to pay the … [Read more...] about Is Seed Funding the Right Answer for Your Startup?
If you and your family are looking for a pretty trip out or inspiration for your garden this year then look no further, because The National Open Garden Scheme has beautiful gardens open for charity. You won't have to trek far as these gardens are situated all over the North East, including Newcastle , Gateshead, Northumberland , County Durham and many more handy locations for an afternoon jaunt or whole day out. They include everything from a pair of small country cottages to a castle. The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50m so far. They help garden owners open their beautiful gardens to the public, sharing their passion and raising impressive amounts of money through entry fees, teas and slices of cake! The beneficiary charities are The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities. Here … [Read more...] about 52 gorgeous gardens near Newcastle to explore with the National Gardens Scheme