Why do I need a 3rd party to help me sell my business?

Innovation is growing through 1 leading thing: Acquisition. The rate of Mergers and Acquisitions globally has been very quickly picking up the pace – and that trend is not set to slow down, any time soon. In a study conducted by Deloitte recently, it was found that corporate and private equity executives foresee an acceleration of merger and acquisition activity this year, both in the number of deals and the size of the transactions undertaken with Technology acquisition being the new No. 1 driver of M&A pursuits globally. So, if you’re not already thinking about mergers and acquisitions, and you [...]

2018-03-29T11:19:55+00:00 March 29th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Why do I need a 3rd party to help me sell my business?

Another great Startup Leadership event displays the best of the best

Hardy Giesler, co-founder of CFPro Ventures was proud to attend another Startup Leadership Program's Investor Evening in London last night. The Startup Leadership Program is "a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become top startup CEOs. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1600 successful startups & raised more than $500M in funding." With approximately 10 exciting entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to an audience of 30 - 40 business people, it was encouraging to note just how far so many of them had come, since we initially got to know about their businesses [...]

2018-03-27T15:23:47+00:00 March 27th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Another great Startup Leadership event displays the best of the best

The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

We won’t sugar-coat it. Launching an invention or innovation is tough. Both coming up with the idea, and getting it out to market. The United Kingdom has been at the epicentre of invention and innovation for many years, and as global competition grows, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the need to impress, be better, be first – where all hopes of creativity and innovation stifle, rather than strive. Thankfully, though, there is a silver lining. If you’ve been browsing around our website, you would have, more than likely, read about our founders and their solid background in industry. The [...]

2018-03-27T14:50:50+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

3 Hacks to expose Innovation within your Business today

Innovation is whatever everyone wants, these days. Some are paying for it. Some are trying to create it themselves. Some are trying to reign it in, while some are trying to unearth hidden creativity. One thing is true – we all need it – and regardless of what business you’re in, and what market you’re trying to reach, we know that your clients want the best that their buck can afford. They want a confident, and stress-free purchase cycle without having to think about it, but knowing that it will deliver exactly what they’re after. And it’s up to you [...]

2018-03-26T14:29:00+00:00 March 26th, 2018|News, RE:Focus|Comments Off on 3 Hacks to expose Innovation within your Business today

While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.

There is no magic formula that makes acquisition successful. But doing your homework well enough is a sure way to be prepared for most eventualities. And being prepared is half of the battle, won. For many, it's not new news: entry into a new market brings the desire to penetrate, and monopolise that market through new product launches, a disruptive service offering or even simply through the introduction of a new status quo. SMEs are doing it all the time. In fact, almost daily, we read of the new, the most innovative taking over our headline news – and it’s [...]

2018-03-26T10:27:17+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.

Are you getting the best from your Board?

For organisations that play home to a Board of Directors, you will know that your board's purpose is to jointly oversee the activities of your organisation. That means that while they are focussed on keeping things under prudent control, it is also their remit to, collectively, drive the business forward, with a strong focus on your organisation's commercial needs, an understanding of market fluctuations and establishing a vision and mission for your long-term strategy.  But they're also your principle agent of risk taking. Suffice to say, they do (and should) play a critical part in the overall success (or failure) of [...]

2018-03-22T12:56:56+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|News, RE:Focus|Comments Off on Are you getting the best from your Board?

Meet the Global Cyber Alliance: Uniting the Global Community to Eradicate Systemic Cyber Risks

Profile The Global Cyber Alliance is focussed on one thing: to unite the global community to eradicate systemic cyber risk. An international, cross-sector effort, they are focussed on helping the global community implement concrete solutions that mitigate and then eradicate systemic cyber risks, as well as measure and transparently report on the effect of the Alliance’s efforts. Founded by a partnership of law enforcement and research organisations, the Global Cyber Alliance have launched a number of initiatives and products that enable organisations around the world to operate safely and securely. From their DMARC Email Authentication application through to their sophisticated [...]

2018-03-21T11:03:49+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Partner Profiles|Comments Off on Meet the Global Cyber Alliance: Uniting the Global Community to Eradicate Systemic Cyber Risks

CFPro Ventures partners with Global Cyber Alliance in the war against cybercrime.

In any battle, teaming up with the right ally is critical to overcoming the risk at hand. And in today’s society, one of the biggest threats to most businesses globally is cybercrime. CFPro Ventures is proud to have joined forces with the Global Cyber Alliance in an effort to address systemic cyber issues methodically, support our clients and partner network in managing their own cyber risk, and strengthen operational infrastructure to withstand even the smallest of potential cyber-attack.   The Global Cyber Alliance is focussed on one thing: to unite the global community to eradicate systemic cyber risk. An international, [...]

2018-03-21T11:00:04+00:00 March 21st, 2018|News|Comments Off on CFPro Ventures partners with Global Cyber Alliance in the war against cybercrime.

What the Scouts teach us about finding new investment talent

In the traditional hiring world, one can easily confuse the word "scouting" with the word "recruitment" - and in many cases, one can function like the other. In the same vein, however, the power of a true scout is lost in the mental imagery of binoculars and fire-making.  But the word "Scout" is so much more powerful than merely "exploring in order to obtain information or finding by making a search", as our dictionaries like to explain. When it comes to corporate venturing, and corporate venture investment, the ability to recognise, interpret and identify opportunity becomes one of, if not, [...]

2018-04-12T13:38:00+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on What the Scouts teach us about finding new investment talent

Angry Societies and the growth of Socially Responsible Investment

Angry Societies: A growing phenomenon steeped in socio-political turmoil and economical unhappiness. Reto Hess, Head of Single Security Research Equity, Industrials & Utilities at Credit Suisse describes the phenomenon as this:  "The years of hyper-globalisation helped reduce inequalities across countries but raised inequalities within them, especially in the developed ones," and as a result, today we're seeing the birth of a new kind of economic trend -  business for good.  But when you're looking for a funding partner that shares your vision to deliver positive impact, are you looking in the right places? From Oliberté (the world's first Fair Trade [...]

2018-03-14T12:15:06+00:00 March 14th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Angry Societies and the growth of Socially Responsible Investment
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