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Ritika Bajaj, founder of MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications Ritika Bajaj shares with The NextWomen her top seven key tools for entrepreneurial success, drawing on her own experiences of starting up her own enterprise, design and content house MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications

"Think of every stumble as a learning experience and enjoy the ride!"Cat Purvis is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.

Cat is the Founder of Exicon, a cloud platform for App and API Managment, with global clients including Handset manufacturers, Operators, Brands & Enterprises. It is a 2012 Red Herring 100 Global tech companies winner. 

During her career, Cat has built companies, teams and divisions all over the world, in the UK and US as well as in China where she was based for 5 years. Previous roles include COO at Icon Medialab and GM at a start up in Beijing which was later sold to a global player. She set up Exicon in 2001 and specialises in mobile and internet.

Born and raised in China, Cat is truly an international woman. Fluent in English, French, Mandarin and German she has lived, worked and studied in many places. A firm believer in the power of education, she studied Management and Statistics at St Andrews University and also a Diploma in Marketing and qualifications in Process Re-engineering.

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Melanie Richards, Founder of CSR Solutions Limited

Akosua Edwards talks to Melanie Richards about CSR Solutions, a Caribbean based business focused on Sustainability and Social Responsibility and the importance of these issues in both Business and Society. 

Captain Sustainability to the rescue……

Melanie Richards is the founder and principal consultant of CSR Solutions Limited. A business, based in Trinidad and Tobago, which specializes in social responsibility and sustainability. CSR Solutions Limited must be one of the first of its kind within the Caribbean region, seeking to help organisations to be more socially and environmentally responsible, and to understand and address the important role that they play in society.

Alexandra Anghel offers advice on when it's the right decision to say no to an investor.

We have all heard the horror stories about how difficult it is to raise money, especially in Europe.

Investors are used to saying no a lot and most of the time they have a valid reason for doing so. Not the right market, not the right product, not the right team.  

So what do you do when you (finally!) get one of them to say yes? Do you analyze if they are the right match for your startup or if you have good chemistry? And when you get your hands on one of those coveted term sheets and it’s not exactly what you expected, do you consider saying NO to them?

Negotiating a Deal

Adriana Galue considers the strategies and tactics involved in negotiation and the idea that adversarialism may not always be helpful when negotiating in business.

Growing up in Latin America (LATAM), I was raised within  the framework that negotiating always involved adversarialism. Still today, when we talk about  “negotiating a good deal” in  LATAM, we think of a winner and a loser.

Recently, while attending the Boulder, CO conference Startup Phenomenon, I had the great opportunity to expand my current perspective of what it means to successfully negotiate. During her talk, Stanford professor Margaret A. Neale invited us to deepen the view of what it means to reach a good agreement. In her mind, negotiation is really a process of persuasion and influence. It is a value creation process.

Manchester-based Rormix has secured investment from The North West Fund for Digital & Creative. Rormix helps users to discover music videos by independent and emerging artists via a mobile app and Youtube multi-channel network.

In business sticking with the tried and tested can sometimes lead to failure.

Bev James considers how a countryside bike ride inspired her to think about the importance of innovation in business and how to deal with change effectively.  

When I want to relax and unwind there is nothing I enjoy more than getting my bike out and going for long rides in the countryside around my home. As well as keeping me fit and healthy I find that regular exercise in the open air is a great way to clear my mind.

Allan Watson outlines his 5 Global Expansion Tricks for the Ambitious Entrepreneur.

Your company may only have three employees and be headquartered in your parents' home, but that doesn't mean you can't dream about globalization.

Expanding your startup globally is an entrepreneur's dream that you cannot ignore, what with all of us living in an increasingly connected world. Here is a list of five global expansion tricks that will pique your ambitions and propel you towards the path of startup superstardom.

Ingrid Vanderveldt, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell.Katerina Zherebtsova of The NextWomen interviews Ingrid Vanderveldt, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell.

Coworking appealed to Victoria so much that she started a business around it. Victoria Arnold, coworking enthusiast and founder of online ventures Desk Union and Homestayfriend, talks to The NextWomen about the growing trend of coworking, considering how this trend can help startups to progress, and why it particularly appeals to women in business.