TASKS Select a ‘start-up’ B2B sector new entrepreneurial venture of your choice. Using this new venture critically examine and discuss the funding options open to small firms in the start-up phase of a new entrepreneurial venture within the B2B sector. Compare and contrast the different options available and critically consider the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Pay particular attention to the relatively new ‘crowd finance’ option available on various information technology platforms. Use the specific start-up of your choice as a vehicle for critical examination, comparison, evaluation and discussion. STUDENT GUIDELINES FOR ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA Demonstrating and employing your knowledge of entrepreneurship and your entrepreneurial skills developed on the course within the assignment.
Critically examines and discusses the funding options available to the new start-up firm. Provides a critical evaluation and comparison of the funding options available.
Pays particular attention to the relatively new option of crowd financing, considers the crowd financing options and compares this method of financing to other more conventional options such as using venture capitalist funds and bank financing.
Provides a critical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the funding options available in relation to the specific start-up B2B new venture under consideration.
Makes use of relevant conceptual models and analytical frameworks to help illustrate and explain the funding frameworks and processes available where appropriate.
Takes the budget constraints traditionally associated with new start-up ventures into consideration when deciding on the most appropriate funding option available.
Provides a full justification and rationale for the choices arrived at.
Demonstrates criticality of thinking, analysis and discussion throughout the report. Use a start-up idea of your choice as a vehicle for critical discussion. Write in report format and produce a report of professional quality in terms of content, structure and standard of presentation.
Additional material can be placed in the appendix. The appendix does not count in terms of the word length requirements. Only relevant additional material to support the written work in the actual report should be included in the appendix. Please ensure that your report has A table of contents A list of figures and/ or list of tables where appropriate Introduction Literature Review- and Critical Analysis Conclusions and Recommendations References / Presentation Bibliography Appendices if appropriate
LENGTH REQUIRED 2200words /-10%, any deviation from this will be penalised.
FORMATTING AND LAYOUT
Please note the following when completing your written assignment: Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment. Length: 2200 words Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double spaced and pages numbered. Document format: Report Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive. The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information. All references should be in the Harvard style.
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