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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.
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.
Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.
This article provides an excellent framework not only for how to raise money but also for how to think about raising money. Key point: Always stay nine months ahead of your need for cash.
Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The NVCA site provides eight legal-document templates as starting points to save significant amounts of time and money during VC deals. For example, it includes term sheet, stock purchase agreement, and management rights letter.
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