ACCELERATOR/ACCELERATION
An organisation providing start-ups already operating on the market and in an advanced phase (at least in a prototyping and testing phase) with services aimed at launching the company on the market in a short timeframe. In this case, managing consultancy services are provided in exchange for equity.
BUSINESS ANGEL
An individual investor (natural person), willing to invest part of their capital in companies.
BUSINESS PLAN
A document outlining the characteristics of an entrepreneurial project to be shared among stakeholders and shareholders.
CLOSING
The execution of the contract; in particular, successful closing of sale negotiations.
CROWDFUNDING
Collective funding by a group of people taking part in a project. In Italy, this is carried out on online platforms governed by specific regulations. Equity crowdfunding is a type of crowdfunding involving purchasing cash stakes in a company that publishes a project.
DEAL
An agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit
DUE DILIGENCE
Investigation and appraisal of data and information concerning specific negotiations. The goal is to evaluate the benefits, risks and problems involved in a given deal.
EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization)
Company profits, before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization. This is a universal index used to compare the results of different companies.
EQUITY
A term indicating the net capital (share capital and reserves), meaning the value each stock would have if the company was closed and assets were sold.
FAMILY OFFICE
Service company that manages, administers and protects the major assets of multiple families. In particular, it has three basic functions: (a) expert planning and advice b) investment management c) administration services
FEE
Commission to be paid following the execution of activities as provided by contracts.
FAMILY TRUST
Goods, securities, real estate or debt instruments, created to meet family needs.
PRIVATE EQUITY FUND
An investor who undertakes financial operations to take over company shares by acquiring them from third parties and underwriting new issue shares, and by providing new capital.
INCUBATOR/INCUBATION
An organisation whose goal is to support start-ups by providing a broad spectrum of services at accessible prices, such as: offices, business plan advice, corporate and legal advice, and opportunities for exchange with other start-ups. Some incubators may decide to acquire part of the equity of an incubated company.
LARGE CORPORATE
Large-sized firm, defined according to EC criteria as a company with a turnover of more than €50 million and over 250 employees.
LETTER OF INTENT
A document signed by parties during negotiations to conclude a contract. It fixes agreed conditions and steps to be undertaken to continue negotiations.
MARKETPLACE
The real or virtual marketplace where trade takes place.
MATCHING
2meet2biz identifies matches. This involves establishing a specific correlation between published projects based on specific algorithms.
GENERATIONAL TRANSITION
The transfer of a company from one generation to another, in terms of both property and formal and material control.
FAMILY PACTS
A contract enabling, within the limits of family business law, the entrepreneur or owner of the shares to transfer shares and stakes to one or more heirs.
EXPERT ESTIMATE
Estimation of a company to establish its economic value. The estimation criteria are specified within the document itself.
SME
Small-medium enterprise defined according to EC criteria: as a company with a turnover of less than €50 million and under 250 employees.
START-UP
A newly established company (5 years max) which hasn't yet distributed profits.
TRUST
Arrangement whereby some assets are kept in separate estate.
TURNAROUND
A deep business restructuring plan for companies deemed to be experiencing an economic/financial crisis. The first stage is identifying and eliminating the causes of business instability; the second is restoring the company to success.
VENTURE CAPITAL
Risk capital provided by an investor to fund businesses or the growth of businesses in sectors with high development potential.