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Business Planning, Pitching, St John's Innovation Centre

Trust vs Trussed

Trust is a key element of relationships. In business, or for that matter, any other aspect of life. I was prompted into thinking about it by a point raised in a discussion within the Understanding Finance for Business group on LinkedIn which, among other things, asked whether risk factors should be raised during the initial 15 minute pitch. The discussion moved on to ask how trust can be created. As someone who helps companies refine their pitch techniques, I got thinking Trust vs Trussed.

Business Finance, Grants, St John's Innovation Centre

The Startup Journey

Starting a business can seem like a daunting journey, not least when confused by financial burdens and the challenges of raising finance. Rosemary Francis’ start-up business, Ellexus, has just launched software called Breeze that helps to develop and debug complex scripted programs. It’s completely new technology that will change the way scripted systems are developed, so it was important that the company had the right financing in place to be able to take software development forward. As an engineer Rosemary found that navigating start up processes isn’t entirely straightforward! Here’s her account.

Business Finance

Plastic Logic: Who – Whom?

SJIC’s Managing Director David Gill, provides an insightful thought piece looking at this week’s $700m investment in Plastic Logic…

Life Sciences

Strength and opportunity in the Life Sciences sector

Amid the current doom-laden discussions about the impact of Government cuts on the country, it’s a relief to have some positive evidence about the state of the life sciences sector in the UK – and companies in the East of England are leading the charge. Belinda Clarke, Life Science’s Manager for the East of England is perfectly placed to provide insight.

Business Planning

Don’t gamble your company’s reputation on unlicensed software

In times of tight budgets and tough economic market conditions, it’s never been more important to squeeze the greatest value from your software licenses. In addition, if you are looking for investment, don’t scare off your investors at the due diligence stage because you are running your business with unlicensed software. Jacob Mathew the managing director of Tollfree Networks, an independent IT consultancy and services company based in Cambridge, looks at the do’s and don’t’s of software licencing.

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