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Step 1: Starting a new business encompasses entering a new market as well — the first step is the same. Investigate the market to determine whether entering the market makes good business sense.

Who is our competition? What size market share does each competitor have? How do their products/services compare to ours? Are there any barriers to entry? These include: capital requirements, access to distribution channels, proprietary product technology or government policy.

Step 2: Once we determine that there are no significant barriers to entry, then we should look at the company from a venture capitalist point of view. Would you, as an outsider, invest in this start-up? Would you risk your own money? Venture capitalists don't simply buy into an idea or product, they invest in:

Management
What is the management team like? What are its core competencies? Have they worked together before? Is there an advisory board?

Market and Strategic Plans
What are the barriers to entering this market? Who are the major players and what kind of market share does each company have? What will the competitive response be?

Distribution Channels
What are our distribution channels?

Products
What is the product or technology? What is the competitive edge? What are the disadvantages of this product? Is the technology proprietary?

Customers
Who are our customers? How can we best reach them? Can we reach them on the Internet? How can we ensure that we retain them?

Finance
How is the project being funded? What is the best allocation of funds? Can we support the debt? (What if interest rates change? What if the economy sours?)
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