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Leapfunder Pitch Academy Event

Leapfunder Pitch Academy Event

by Jan-Jaap Verhoeve Last Thursday, we organized the Leapfunder Pitch Academy event where 6 startups upgraded their pitch skills and left the event with polished pitches which will, without a doubt, win attention. Find out which startup got funded the most in the investing game and…

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How to Reduce Risk as an Angel Investor & Get Attention as a Startup Founder – Interview with Wouter Kneepkens

How to Reduce Risk as an Angel Investor & Get Attention as a Startup Founder – Interview with Wouter Kneepkens

We interviewed Wouter Kneepkens, investment banker turned startup guy from the Netherlands. He gives away tips for both angels and founders; straightforward and brutally honest answers about how to reduce risk when funding startups, the key to being successful in financial markets, warning signs and…

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5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Is The Best European City For Your Startup

5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Is The Best European City For Your Startup

Amsterdam may not be as big as London or as hip as Berlin, but it has a valid proposition for your startup that will make you seriously consider it for your EU base. Amsterdam is home to risk-takers, entrepreneurs and creatives. After Copenhagen, the bicycle…

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From an Idea to One Million Euros

From an Idea to One Million Euros

In one year Leapfunder raised over 1,000,000 EUR for startups with its initial product. This amount was raised for 13 companies, in a total of 16 financing rounds. There are 7 rounds currently live. Dozens of companies are currently exploring the possibility to start a…

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The Most Precise Way to Value an Early Stage Startup

The Most Precise Way to Value an Early Stage Startup

You see a talented team with a great plan, a slick presentation and a functional demo. You believe in their plan, you want to invest. But what is the company worth? There are no customers yet, only leads, there are no earnings, only costs. The…

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When Convertible Notes Convert into Equity

When Convertible Notes Convert into Equity

Buzzoek (Shopper Concepts B.V.), one of Leapfunder’s first clients, has just announced closing an equity round for EUR 100k. Previously, Buzzoek closed two seed funding rounds via Leapfunder Notes, raising EUR 97k in the first round and EUR 138k in the second. Buzzoek now raised…

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Angel Investing for Everyone

Angel Investing for Everyone

Investing in startups is exciting. You get to be a part of a disrupting business, run by a team that wakes up every morning with excitement, passionate about their idea and about making it happen. Making the world a better place might sound cheesy, but…

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Equity vs. Convertible Notes

Equity vs. Convertible Notes

Entrepreneurs are not always aware of the different financing tools available to them when raising funding and which are the implications of the different forms of funding for their company. In this article I will outline some of the different funding options available to startups…

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Get Inside the Mind of a Leapfunder Investor

Get Inside the Mind of a Leapfunder Investor

At Leapfunder, we help startups find early stage financing. We do that via the Leapfunder Convertible Note. In this blog-series we will interview a number of investors who invest regularly via Leapfunder, and startups who have successfully raised financing with Leapfunder. Today we interview one…

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5 Reasons Your Startup Should Join a Startup Accelerator

5 Reasons Your Startup Should Join a Startup Accelerator

Is it worth it? That’s the question you ask yourself when the day finally comes and your idea gets recognized as a valid business opportunity by a major startup accelerator. Just moments before getting selected you were doubting yourself, comparing your idea with other startups,…

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