Startups are always hard. But if you don’t pursue your dreams, you’ll never know if it stand the chance to be successful. Dreams are all we have. Take them seriously.Details
Do you wonder how startups start building their customer bases? Even companies that are well-known today struggled to gain traction, and some employed clever ideas to build momentum.
You may be able to use some of these ideas for your own (for-now) small business.Details
Justine Musk, first wife of billionaire Elon Musk, knows a thing or two about wealth and hard work — her ex-husband is a founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and has an estimated net worth of $12.1 billion.
She posted a response to a Quora thread asking the question “Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?” Her answer is “no,” though she says that the Quora reader is asking the wrong question altogether.
Read her interesting take on what the right mindset should be for business success.Details
Nineteen British bands that are signed to independent labels are getting government grants of up to £15,000 to help them make it big abroad. The acts are receiving the cash to pay for overseas marketing, session musicians, roadies, and more. The government is keen on banging the drum for the UK’s fledgling music stars. Up-and-coming bands dominate the list–see who made the cut.Details
The Business Grant Fund, provided by St Helens Council, offers grants to both start-ups and established businesses and can provide between £500 and £10,000 to assist small to medium-sized firms expand and create jobs. To date, 50 local companies have benefited from more than £125,000 of grant funding for a wide range of business development projects, helping to support the creation of 72 new jobs in the borough.Details
Golden Key encourages its members to dream big, and never, ever stop. The Society not only offers education-based scholarships to make those dreams a reality, but awards for service and leadership achievements, as well. Golden Key grants give advisors the opportunity to develop their skills professionally, while the fellowships offer graduate students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to further their knowledge through foundation-backed research. Some scholarships target specific fields of study, allowing members to study alongside those with similar interests. Others focus on countries or regions, affording members the luxury of studying abroad or participating in a faraway internship program.Details
Looking for money for your UK-based company? In this article, Phil Mitchell provides some tips for securing business funding in the UK and explains what he calls the RAPP process.
There are many opportunities for businesses to obtain free support and grants, both at start-up and during growth and development. However, keeping up to date with what is available is a task in itself, with schemes appearing and disappearing on a regular basis. Competition is high and success does not come easy. However, if you follow the RAPP process when applying for grants and support, you will improve your chance of success.Details
Vehicle manufacturers and the motor insurance industry are appealing to the Government to introduce measures to increase the take-up of autonomous emergency braking systems (AEBs) in cars.
Insurance research body Thatcham has lobbied the Government to introduce a cash incentive, similar to the existing electric vehicle grant, to anyone who specifies the system (that automatically applies the brakes when an oncoming collision is identified) when buying a new vehicle.Details
Fourteen “indie” music acts, ranging from Japanese acid punk to thrash metal, have been selected to receive government grants in a bid to find a new wave of artists who can follow Mumford & Sons’ path to international success.
Metronomy, the acclaimed electro-indie group and Band of Skulls are among the artists hand-picked by Lord Livingston, Trade Minister, to receive grants of up to £50,000, awarded to “support UK music exports” and help artists break into overseas markets.Details
You’ve probably heard the old adage “Work Smarter, Not Harder.” This idea also applies to seeking governments grants. It’s entirely possible to work diligently, but have no success. Here are a few of the ways all your hard work can be wasted.
First are you applying to the right funder? Funding organizations are usually clear about what their funding priorities are, but even when they’re not, there are ways to find out. Why waste your time applying to a funder that will not fund your type of project?Details