Neeta Patel
Neeta is an experienced executive with over 20 years of strategy and operational leadership experience in launching new ventures, business turnarounds and change and has a sharp focus on growth and revenues. She has a successful track record of turning ideas and concepts into tangible businesses. Her experience spans financial services, media & publishing, education, arts and the creative industries. She has also led two of her own start-ups.

Prior to joining the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Neeta worked in Private Equity matching technology entrepreneurs with investors. Neeta has held senior positions at Thomson Financial (Reuters), Legal & General PLC, Financial Times Group and at the British Council. She is an early internet pioneer having launched the first personal finance web site in Europe for L&G in 1996.

Neeta holds an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University, an MBA (Marketing) from Cass Business School, and a Sloan Fellowship in Strategy and Leadership from London Business School, where she was the winner of the PWC prize in 2009 for a consultancy assignment in China

Entries by Neeta Patel

How To Pitch In 10 Minutes To Gain Investment

(1) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (11:55)

Standing up and presenting to an audience can be one of the most stressful things we do in our working lives, especially if the future of our business rests on the strength of that presentation - so when you're pitching for investment with only a 10 minute time slot it...

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How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (13:19)

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new businesses are started, as more people realise the benefit of being your own boss, especially after a long career as an employee. So far this year, around 65,000 new companies have been registered, which puts 2015 on course to be another record year...

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How to Attract Business Investment

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (11:49)

Most entrepreneurs with ambitions to start their own business generally start by either funding the venture themselves or sourcing early stage investment from friends and family. This is what potential investors expect from very early stage start-up founders.

But if you need growth capital and friends and family are unable...

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Select Your Business Partner Like You Would Choose a Spouse

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (11:31)

It's easy to be caught up in the excitement of a new business venture, but when it comes to choosing the person with whom you will spend more hours, than your spouse, it is important not to enter into a relationship you may live to regret - there is a...

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Dealing With Late Payments

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (13:24)

Small businesses can feel the strain more than most, when it comes to late payments, but the impact of this can be reduced by following some practical steps to managing your cash-flow and tackling late payments at the earliest stage.

There is a common confusion amongst new and inexperienced...

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Made a Resolution to Start a Business This Year? Here's How You Can Make It Happen

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (14:48)

January is generally a time for resolutions and change. Most of us have the opportunity to think and reflect on the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead. Many of us start with good intentions but I wonder how many of us actually stick with our resolutions?

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How to Make a Good Video Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (12:05)

We are about to start using video interviews as an integral part of our screening process at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. We have done this in order to increase significantly the number of people we can see (albeit virtually) before making an initial shortlist. As we are about to open...

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Routes to Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2013 | (09:43)

In early September, 36 eager young aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at a location in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to start their year long journey learning about entrepreneurship. The cohort is the Class of 2014 specially selected to join The New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme from nearly 1000 applicants.

As I observed and listened to...

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Networking -A Guide for All Novices

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2013 | (14:56)

Do you look at an invitation that includes the phrase 'with networking opportunities' and find your heart sinks? I confess now that I absolutely hate networking. It fills me with dread and always has done, mostly because I've always been a bit shy and so the thought of walking into...

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The Art of Successful Negotiation

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (18:49)

Negotiation is one of the most important skills you will ever learn. It impacts on almost every part of our lives and if you develop good negotiation skills you will get better results from every deal you do, in all aspects of life. It was the very best thing I...

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Pitching or Presenting Is Just About Storytelling

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (10:24)

People find standing up and presenting to an audience one of the most stressful things they do in their working lives but it's something anyone can achieve. As with learning a musical instrument or a new language, it can be mastered with the right guidance and by constant practice.


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What Makes a Good Mentor/Mentee Relationship?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (12:34)

What makes a good mentor/mentee relationship?
Since Mentor first appeared in Homer's Odyssey, we have been exploring and developing the relationship between a mentor and a mentee. For almost everyone reading this blog, there will be one person, whether a teacher, a friend or someone in business, who...

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Resilience - What is It and How Can You Acquire It?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (15:06)

Resilience - what is it and how can you acquire it?

In last week's blog I talked about the importance of resilience and the sad news of the suicide of CEO and founder of Las Vegas based ecommerce site Ecomom. Since then I have been thinking about all aspects of...

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Coping With Failure Is as Important as Coping With Success

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (14:56)

The CEO and founder of Las Vegas based ecommerce site ecomom killed himself last month. His start up, for which he had such high hopes, has failed and is being shut down. I read this with great sadness, as I see young entrepreneurs every day of my working life and...

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Young Entrepreneurs - Do You Have What It Takes?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2013 | (17:00)

Why is an entrepreneur like a locksmith? Because he gets paid whenever he makes a bolt for the door.

It's a popular joke about entrepreneurs but it sounds like sour grapes to me. I'm going to get rid of a few stale preconceptions for you and introduce some new...

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