Venture capital funding fell significantly by 30 per cent worldwide in Q4 2015, according to KPMG Enterprise and CB Insights, but British businesses defied the odds to raise $1.3bn across 113 deals during the period.
It's the attack of the clones, and we don't mean it in reference to Star Wars. Actor George Clooney came across his doppleganger in the advert of an Israeli firm – and Nespresso has shown its anger by suing it.
As many businesses start 2016 with a clean slate and new business hopes and aspirations, it is set to be another year of growth for the alternative finance market.
The Consumer Electrics Show (CES) showcased the newest products to 170,000 industry members and tech press, highlighting innovative trends for 2016,. However, one key issue blatantly exhibited was the lack of gender diversity within the sector.
Dutch twin sisters Raissa and Joyce de Haas are the founders of beverage business Double Dutch, the latest company in our Microsoft Digital Champions campaign. Raissa sat down with us to discuss growing the startup by embracing LinkedIn for “stalking” and how Richard Branson opened a very lucrative door.
After Real Business was granted exclusive early access to a report looking at the impact of reward-based crowdfunding both in the UK and around the world, we quizzed its lead author Barry James about the scope of his statistics and the impact crowdfunding could have in the future.
New data released next week, which Real Business has been granted early access to, will show that a global surge in innovation is being powered by seed funding from the crowd.
Our Microsoft 30 Digital Champions project continues, and confectionery brand Mallow & Marsh is the next company on the list. Chief whisk Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie revealed how she is able to introduce a working pattern so flexible that the staff don’t have a holiday allowance.
The money managers have started 2016 in a blue funk – but most are too young to remember what kicked off at the end of the 1980s and the fact that, with the exception of the instigator, we weren’t then doomed to years of economic gloom.