Put your ideas into context
A Canvas an essential tool when starting a new business. It will make you focus on the important stuff you need to consider before you spend time or money on your new concept. Read the instructions and either print and fill in or use a PDF editor to complete the Canvas to see if your idea has legs.
Tried and tested, this template will give an investor in any early stage business the information they need. Obviously, it's just a content guide and you need to create your own styling, images and infographics. Keep it brief.
How to gain a proof of concept
The biggest, scariest thing once you've completed a Canvas is working out how to validate your idea (either with or without a platform). We've built this simple step-by-step guide to help tech startups focusing on SaaS, PaaS or Marketplaces to get to a proof of concept by spending as little money as possible (includes further free resources).
What to do when you start up an, erm, start-up
This is intended as a guide to the first material steps you should take when looking to start up a business. It's not exhaustive and covers the key points you'll need to carry out before you make your idea a reality.
Click below to download the sample term sheet
When raising investment from Angels, friends or family, they're going to need to know what terms you're investing on.
It's the first formal, non-binding document between a start-up founder and an investor. It lays out the terms and conditions for investment. It's used to negotiate the final terms, which are then written up in a contract.
Our friends at Ashton's Legal (and in particular their excellent associate David Sloman) have drawn this up to be a simple example of what an investor will want to see. They're experienced in the start-up space (and for anything commercial generally).