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Enterprise Development Network (EDN) Originator, Provider, and Advisor Listing
10/29/2010
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The structure of EDN consists of three service providers.  Loan and Political Risk Insurance Originators (Originators) serve as local service providers to micro, small-medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help develop the OPIC application package, refine marketing strategies, and draft or enhance business plans.  Financial institutions serve as Designated Lenders to establish OPIC-backed lending facilities that are used to make loans to MSMEs or their affiliates for projects in OPIC-eligible countries.  EDN Advisers are specialists in particular business sectors and geographic areas throughout the world and assist OPIC in credit underwriting and due diligence on OPIC-funded loans.

Go To Source (www.opic.gov)
Bet on the Horse: Determining Success Factors of New Businesses
12/6/2006
Summary:

In making their investment decisions, venture capitalists should bet on the product or process in a company over the management team, according to research from the University of Chicago School of Business. The researchers studied 49 venture-backed companies and found surprising stability of the firms' business models compared to management teams.

Go To Source (www.chicagogsb.edu)
Perfect Pitch: Tips for a Better Presentation
6/9/2006
Summary:

An angel investor provides a succinct set of tips on how to pitch your company to investors. Key advice: project confidence and boil your pitch down to one or two sentences to establish a frawework for the audience.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Pipeline Management
10/4/2007
Summary:

Sales forecasts made by salespeople are usually overoptimistic and often inaccurate. This article offers the basic processes and thinking behind successful forecasting systems that rely on history instead of hope.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Funding Life Cycle of a Firm
5/30/2007
Summary:

Thinking about venture funding for your growing business? A VC lays out the steps and provides typical expectations on valuation.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Financing an Acquisition
7/12/2007
Summary:

This well-written article gives practical advice on how to think about acquisitions and five no-nonsense tips on how to do them productively for all concerned.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
Feld Thoughts: The Torturous World of PowerPoint
7/12/2007
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This article isn't about PowerPoint but about a much more useful topic: Which questions should an entrepreneur answer in a funding pitch? A veteran VC who's suffered through countless poor business pitches, Brad Feld blames inadequate content--which PowerPoint delivers much too easily.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Brian Berliner's Brain: Five Year Projections?
7/12/2007
Summary:

When going for round one financing, what should your five-year projections look like? This brief article provides excellent, practical advice. Key points: Know your numbers inside and out, show clearly how your projections were built, and be ruthlessly honest with your potential investors and yourself.

Go To Source (www.brianberliner.com)
Better Beginnings
7/12/2007
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Getting ready to do your first presentation to a VC or angel? A good beginning leads to a happy ending. An experienced speaker and writer provides entertaining and useful advice on why your business presentations should open with a spark instead of a spreadsheet.

Go To Source (headrush.typepad.com)
Guide to Angel Investors
3/13/2007
Summary:

Angel investors provide nearly $25 billion to more than 10,000 entrepreneurial firms each year. Increasingly, angels are banding together to combine resources, know-how, and prospecting efforts to identify solid investment opportunities. With the average group investing $400,000, this funding strategy can be a good alternative when personal assets have been tapped.

Go To Source (www.work.com)

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