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The earliest stage of a new business venture.

Start-Up Company

A company in its earliest stage of development, usually before its IPO. Start-up companies concentrate on product development and build-up of capitalization. Nearly all start-up companies operate at a loss, at least at first. Some start-ups go through a period where they have no revenue at all. Start-ups spend their time perfecting their business plans and developing products that will eventually be sold on the open market. Most start-ups rely on venture capital or loans to continue operations during this phase. See also: Payout period, Dot-com bubble.


While any new company could be considered a start-up, the description is usually applied to aggressive young companies that are actively courting private financing from venture capitalists, including wealthy individuals and private equity partnerships. In many cases, the start-ups plan to use the cash infusion to prepare for an initial public offering (IPO).

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Start-up movement in Egypt, on the other hand, is skyrocketing as thousands of young men and women are now competing for the best start-ups - that we are going to see at the Egypt Roadshow later this month.
Contrary to popular belief that start-ups only emerge in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, start-ups from 19 smaller cities participated in the previous exhibition with more expected to take part in the current one,' said Asif Jafri, Founding Member of Momentum.
This ecosystem partnership is an example of how we orchestrate the innovation ecosystem and create opportunities for start-ups to grow and scale-up.
Apart from this, premier Pakistani and international companies will discuss sharing their APIs (Application Programming Interface) with other start-ups.
Although 72 per cent of all start-ups spend less than $50,000 on IT annually, 24 per cent dedicate more than 20 per cent of that annual budget to cloud solutions.
He added: "The Cloud Report 2017 provides insights for start-ups on the best cloud adoption practices, while serving as a valuable resource for cloud solution vendors.
The study also found that across the three cloud service models available, 76 percent of Dubai start-ups on the cloud have opted for Software as a Service (SaaS).
As per a recent Nasscom Startup Report, the year has seen an addition of over 1,000 start-ups bolstering India's position as one of the leading start-up ecosystems across the world.
50 start-ups to Watch are those who have not yet received big-ticket funding but are looking promising for the future.
The tie-up between the two organisations will see the bank provide a loan of INR5m to EDII supported start-up, Green Ideology.
Two start-ups - one offering travel supplies rental services in a sharing economy concept and another a mobile chatbot using artificial intelligence to provide on-the-go travel information - are set to speak at the TravelTech forum.
The Web Summit, the world's largest tech conference, is held annually with the participation of hundreds of start-ups from all over the world.