An essential tool
developing your business and
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"The seeds of every company's demise are
contained in its business plan."
– Fred Adler
10 Commandments for Building a
Failing to Plan is Planning to
Prepare and work from a
written plan that delineates who in the total organization is to
do what, by when. Use your
business plan as a budget. If you cannot stick to that budget,
your business plan is too ambitious...
Business plans are an important test of clarity of thinking and clarity of the
the business. It is important that everyone involved in your effort has a clear
understanding of your objectives. A good plan achieves that.
Anticipating the next stage of
business growth, and planning for it, can help to minimize the surprises your
business will face. "Surprises can be great for birthdays, but potentially fatal
Business plan is typically designed
for either or both of the following purposes:
To establish a framework for
management to use as they pursue the enterprise objectives
To convince an investor that a
capital investment in the enterprise's business is a sound financial
Help tools for preparation of
different types of business plans are provided below. If you prepare a business
investors, it is important to understand
read a business plan and
how they evaluate it.
Steps of the Venture Financing Process
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Understand the requirements of Venture Capital Investors
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+ 40 slides ►
Business Plan: Why & How
The best way to show bankers, venture
capitalists, and angel investors that you are worthy of financial
support is to show them a great business plan. Make sure that your plan
is clear, focused and realistic. Then show them that you have the tools,
talent and team to make it happen (1 page guide)
The Various "Kinds" of Business Plans
Be aware that not every Business Plan is the
same. Not should it be. Different situations (and objectives) require a
different focus. (1page listing)
Business Plan DOs and DON"Ts
If you are preparing your business plan with
an objective to raise venture capital, read these brief recommendations
first (1 page guidelines)
for Start-up Ventures
Start-up Business Plan
Starting a new technology-led company?
This worksheet will help you to prepare your winning business plan (2
page outline & guide)
Business Plan for e-Ventures
Aspects of the business plan that need
special attention in the case of an e-business strategy as against a
general business strategy
(2 page checklist)
Business Planning Chart
A flowchart illustrating the business
planning process from initial idea through business valuation by
investors (1 page)
What Every Investor Wants to Know?
Entrepreneurs would receive more serious consideration from VCs, angel
investors, and other potential funding sources if they realized that they are
selling a financial package to the financial marketplace, rather than their
product or service to a consumer. Your business plan is your financial package.
How Investors Read a Business Plan
A potential investor will initially spend only 5 minutes with your plan.
Guidelines for business plan preparation. Questions answered by business plan.
Business plan DOs and DONTs (1 page)
Executive Summary Sample: Strategic
An investor-oriented executive summary of the
business plan of a start-up for-profit business incubator. (2 page)
Critical Issues in Defining a Venture Opportunity *
Quick and simple, painless, immediately
useful, 1-page business plan everybody will understand. Do this
before you attempt to write a full-blown business plan (2 page
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