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10 Tips for Running an Effective Board Meeting

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Yusuf Khan, partner at Ridge Ventures, says board meetings are a great opportunity to solicit investor insight and recommendations, but unless each session has a consistent format that presents relevant data, they won’t create much value. will do.

In a TC+ post, he shares several tips for running more effective board meetings, including a suggestion many founders overlook: spotlight your top contributors.

Khan writes, “Many employees who do not have the regular opportunity to interact with the board consider it a huge career boost to receive direct, face-to-face credit for a significant achievement.”

“Include the person who is best equipped to talk through the success story and make room for them on the agenda.”

Black founders are seeing a reduction in funding amid economic slowdown

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As deal volumes continue to contract, underrepresented founders are being disproportionately impacted.

In Q2 2022, Crunchbase reports that venture capital funds directed $324 million to black startups, compared to $1.2 billion in Q1, “and far below the $866 million raised in Q2 last year,” said Dominic -Madori Davis reports.

“It’s not surprising when the enterprise tightens its belt that we’re the first to pinch,” said Marceau Michel, founder of Black Founders Matter and 25 by 25 Pledge.

Founders of recycling startup say pandemic changed the investment game

Founders Discuss Their Recycling Startup Tc Sessions: Climate 2022.

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Have the pandemic’s supply-chain disruptions changed the state of the game for clean tech companies?

Last week at TC Session: Climate 2022 at Berkeley, three founders of recycling-related startups talked with Tim de Chant about the factors driving new investor interest after several lean years.

  • Megan O’Connor, Co-Founder and CEO, NH Cycles
  • Matanya Horowitz, Founder and CEO, AMP Robotics
  • Miranda Wang, Co-Founder and CEO, Novoloop

UK scaleups must HMRC-proof their business plans before slow, hot summer

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In the UK, HM Revenue & Customs operates a number of venture capital programs that support investment in early stage startups.

Some companies can qualify for up to £150,000 under the Enterprise Investment and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS and EIS), but this is “no ordinary business”, writes Anthony Rose, co-founder and CEO of Seedlegals.

To help entrepreneurs prepare for the rigorous application process, she shares several recommendations that will help “HMRC-proof your business plan” by showing the tax authority that you have “a strategy for success.”