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  • 1. Enterprise Acceleration Centre Post Graduation Enterprise Skills Training
  • 2. Goal of Today’s Session Who am I What Next What Can I tell you Business Tools
  • 3. Graham Royce
    • Manager of the LEAP programme
    • LEAP
      • Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Platform
    • Remit
      • To help new businesses establish themselves
      • Complete an Investor Ready Business Plan
    • Google me
  • 4. One Hour
    • What Next
    • Commercialization
    • Business Funding
    • Investors
    • Business Plan
        • Five main points
    • Description of Core Business
    • Communications
  • 5. What Next
    • Your Views
      • Post Graduation & Business
      • What would you like to know?
      • Future sessions
    • Your Business Plan
      • Open forum on Content
      • Is it Relevant
    • Commercialization
      • What is it
  • 6. Commercialization
    • Commercialization cycle of introducing a new product into the market
    • The actual launch of a new product is the final stage of new product development
    • Commercialization is where most money be spent advertising, sales, marketing
    • Its an expensive time.
  • 7. Business Funding
    • A source of supply of money
      • Stock
      • Money from investors
      • A sum of money or other resources set aside for a specific purpose
      • Overdraft bank loans
      • Pension fund
      • Funds Available such as
        • ready cash
        • daily takings
    • Wages – Repayments – future growth
  • 8. Investors
    • Will look at the business opportunity:
      • Solves an important problem
      • Has momentum
        • Patents/Prototypes
        • Beta customers
        • Management team
      • Has the basic ingredients for success
        • Huge addressable market
        • (market research)
        • Revenue streams & projections
        • Barriers to entry/competitive advantage
  • 9. Business Plans
    • Definition:
    • A business plan is a document that summarizes the operational and financial objectives of a business
    • Contains the detailed plans and budgets showing how the objectives are to be realized + commercialized
    • A business plan contains detailed financial projections, forecasts about your business's performance
        • sales plan - a plan describing, quantifying and phased over time, how the sales will be made and to whom. Some organizations interpret this to be the same as a business plan or a marketing plan
        • marketing plan - logically a plan which details what a business will sell, to whom, when and how, implicitly including the business/marketing strategy
    • For anyone starting a business, it's a vital first step.
  • 10. The Compelling Business Plan
      • Introduce the Management Team
        • Past successes/Pedigree (education, past start-ups)
        • Domain Expertise/Unique capabilities
        • Profit and Loss Responsibility
        • Connections (technology advisor to the President
      • Reputable Board Members and Advisors
      • (who are betting on the company)
    • Good First Impression
  • 11. The Compelling Business Plan
      • Cover only 3 to 5 Key Points (example below)
        • Pain and Solution (e.g. unmet need and related product/service offering)
        • Opportunities & Threats (e.g. market size, competition)
        • Marketing Plan -- sales and distribution strategy
        • The Team – Senior Mgt., technical and support staff
        • Financial Highlights and Potential Returns
    2. Clarity and Simplicity of Presentation
  • 12. The Compelling Business Plan
      • Claims about the size of the market or the capabilities of a product/solution must be supported with research from reputable third-parties or research institutions; relying purely on in-house research tends to weaken credibility and cast doubts on the true business potential
      • Projecting a growth in revenues or in market share without considering the competition is an incomplete analysis
    4. Facts are Credible, Complete and Consistent with Analysis
  • 13. The Compelling Business Plan
      • Focus on what matters to your audience
      • Address every key aspect about the business, described in section 2, objectively, being careful to consider the weaknesses and limitations of the business, as well as any potential threats
        • Example: though proof of concept has been established, product has to undergo beta testing before it is launched for wide-scale commercial production
    3. Focused and Objective
  • 14. The Compelling Business Plan
      • After all is said and done, if the audience is convinced that
        • the need is overwhelming
        • the solution is unique
        • the opportunity to scale is undeniable
        • the financial returns are highly attractive, and
        • Management is deemed capable of bringing the business to its desired levels
      • Then the business plan may be deemed successful
    5. Compelling Business Proposition
  • 15. Sample Business Descriptions Not good: We have developed a proprietary algorithm that models moving objects as trajectories and uses a dynamic variable to manage uncertainty. Our technology allows companies to optimize their mobile assets in real-time and develop a whole new class of location-based services. Better: We offer software that improves a company’s ability to manage its mobile resources like trucks, equipment and personnel . Our solution is capable of sensing and reporting material deviations from routing plan or delivery schedules, as they happen , allowing quick corrective action where others can’t. Description of core business
  • 16. Communication / Information
    • Texting
        • quickest way of getting hold of me 0866089112
    • Electronic
        • [email_address] - twitter – Facebook - Skype
    • Web Site
        • http://www.eac.ie
        • http://www.leap.ie
    • Business Blog
        • http://graham-royce.blogspot.com
    • Business Network
        • http://www.linkedin.com
  • 17.
    • Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Centre
    • LEAP Programme 2009
    • Enterprise Skills
    • Thank you