During his visit to Cork on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that Ireland had been selected to host the Startup Nations Summit in November 2016. The event, organized annually by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), has never been held in Europe previously and is likely to draw startup-savvy policymakers, advisers and startup community leaders from around the world, who are interested in helping entrepreneurs start and scale new enterprises. Photo credit: Sean Rowe
So if we can all agree that the team is the critical factor in company success, what else do we need to look at? We believe that market opportunity and product have a similar weighting in our company evaluation scale. For this article, I will give the nod to market opportunity and focus my questions to Christopher on what investors need to know when they evaluate a market.
Every angel investor wants positive exits. Although great exits can take years to come to fruition, angels are willing to put in the time and effort to see the journey through. In the world of angel investing, oftentimes a “good year” equates to realizing one exit. When you can multiply that success by a few more exits, you’ve got a great year. But the real icing on the cake? When those multiple exits are quick exits.
2015 was quite a year in the world of early stage investing: lots of new startups, follow-on rounds and exits, not to mention updates on crowdfunding rules and a plethora of newly-minted unicorns. In response, we’ve heard from many thought leaders on how to find the best investments, how to work with entrepreneurs, crowdfunding, the importance of diversity, exit strategies, due diligence best practices, board directors, and more.
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