IDEASVOICE FAQ

This FAQ contains answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you have a question that is not in the following list, click on “Contact Us” and send us your question directly!


List of frequent asked questions


IDEASVOICE

1. WHAT HAPPENS IF IDEASVOICE STOPS ITS ACTIVITIES?

If IDEASVOICE should stop its activities, members will receive a message to inform them one month before. Members that had subscribed the premium membership. Monthly payment will be stopped.

2. WHEN IDEASVOICE SENDS ME NEWSLETTERS?

To keep you informed of new projects and profiles, of IDEASVOICE news.
For those who have a premium membership, IDEASVOICE send them a personalized newsletter with projects or profiles that match their search criteria.


3. WHY DO I GET REMINDERS OF IDEASVOICE?


The interest in joining IDEASVOICE is to meet entrepreneurs and future partners.
To instill a level of confidence sufficient in discussion, each member must provide all the information required for their profile to start contacting others.

4. WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE COMMUNITY OF IDEASVOICE?

IDEASVOICE is different from other networks in 4 ways:

  • IDEASVOICE is for anyone who has a bright idea, an exciting business project or is interested in contributing actively to the success of the project.
  • IDEASVOICE helps members to highlight their strengths and their project.
  • IDEASVOICE gathers all type of ideas and includes in its scope hightech problems. IDEASVOICE is working to build a wide range of professionals.
  • IDEASVOICE promotes co-working and capitalizes on the participation of its members to give the momentum of the projects thanks to the comments, votes, connections of the community.
5. WHO ARE THE USERS OF IDEASVOICE ?


IDEASVOICE is for any entrepreneur with an exciting project – an individual or a business as well as investors, future business partners, and future team members looking for projects to join actively in order to contribute to their success.


WHY A COFOUNDER?

6. WHAT RISKS DO I TAKE TO GET ASSOCIATED?

The association is like a marriage. It can last less than 3 years. Human factor and trust are essential. Some people will prefer to find a partner among persons they already well know. This is not necessarily the best way to prevent the risk of misunderstanding. During the discovering of each other, it is important to make an inventory of each one’s weaknesses and strengths. Each person will weigh the value of the future partner and will take into account the consequences of a potential rupture in the agreement. 


7. WHY SHOULD I GET ASSOCIATED?

IDEASVOICE is convinced that nobody can outperform on all the fronts. A project will have better chances to succeed and to speed up when the founder is able to mobilize more committed resources for a shared outcome. To have partners doesn’t necessarily mean that the entrepreneur is loosing the decision-making process. This has to be defined in the partners’ agreement.
 


REGISTRATION

8. I CAN NOT FIND MY ORGANIZATION IN THE CONNECTOR PARTNERS LIST

You want to join the community of entrepreneurs on IDEASVOICE on the recommendation of a school, institution or organization but you cannot find its name in the list. In this case, register as usual. If you have any questions, please contact us.

9. HOW DO I REGISTER IN THE CASE OF ANOTHER TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP?


I register on the recommendations of an institution, an organization or a company, which is an official partner of IDEASVOICE. To take advantage of the agreement, select the name of the partner from the list of connector partnerships when you register.

10. I PARTICIPATE IN A CONTEST OR EVENT. HOW DO I REGISTER?


The event (or the contest) is organized in partnership with IDEASVOICE. You want to attend it. When you register, select the name of the event in the list of partners to enjoy special conditions of the event.

11. MY SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY IS PARTNER OF IDEASVOICE. HOW DO I REGISTER?

When I register, I specify the name of my school in the list of partners. In case we already have your contact information, you benefit from a simplified procedure. Another advantage to specify your school if it is a partner of IDEASVOICE, you will receive special announcements.


12. HOW SHOULD I ENTER MY ADDRESS WHEN I CAN’T FIND MY ZIPCODE OR CITY?

IDEASVOICE manages locations for several countries, among them USA and France. For other cases, information you enter is not controlled. Check that your information is valid.


13. HOW DO I CHANGE MY LOGIN? MY PASSWORD?

When you have forgotten your password, you have 2 solutions:
1/ find it in the welcome message you had received.
or
2/ mention it when you log in and an automatic message with a new password is sent to you.

14. I AM REGISTERED. I CAN’T LOG IN

When you are registered, a welcome message with your login and password will be sent to your email. (If you don’t see it, check in your spams). You should edit the message, read the terms of use that appear in a pop-up and go back to the message in order to accept them. Then a confirmation message is sent to you. To log in, input your email and password.


15. IS THE SUBSCRIPTION FREE ?


IdeasVoice offers you a free registration with a wide range of services such as posting your profile, your project and needs if you're an entrepreneur with an idea or your wishes if you're a potential business partner and cofounder.

All members can discover projects, take part of a discussion , vote and share a project with their networks.

All members can look at a future partner profile and its wishes.


Contacts are unlimited. Contacts are unlimited. The only condition is to have completed the 2 or 3 steps in order to showcase your profile or project.

To speed up your search and contacts, enhance your brand and save time, since December 2016, IDEASVOICE has a Premium offer with additional services like receive targeted recommendation, know all your visitors and your fans, be at the top of the search results…

Premium membership starts at USD 32. Log in to your account and discover benefits to become Premium.

16. IS « FUTURE ASSOCIATE » DIFFERENT FROM « FUTURE PARTNER »?

Future Partner is a future associate in the sense he/she is looking for a project to join in as a cofounder or investor, and to become a shareholder.

Future Partner could also be an Entrepreneur who is looking for synergies.

17. IS « PROJECT FOUNDER » DIFFERENT FROM « ENTREPRENEUR »?

On IDEASVOICE, the Entrepreneur is the person who has the idea, or who is the Project Founder or the CEO of the company.


18. HOW DO I REGISTER ON IDEASVOICE ?

The subscription is online. You enter your last name, first name and email and password, and other information required. You will receive a mail of confirmation. If you don’t receive it, check in your spams. (see also paragraph “I AM REGISTERED. I CAN’T LOG IN”)

ENTREPRENEUR

19. TIPS FOR USING IDEASVOICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Summarizing my project in one sentence is a good exercise to prepare myself when I will meet bankers, business angels and organizations involved in supporting new businesses. In order to be more convincing, I can contact IDEASVOICE for some help in the formalization my project.
It is recommended to be authentic and transparent.
Quality and accuracy of the information I transmit are the basis to establish trust in the relationship with other members.
Clear intention and expectation will help me to discuss and to set up the partnership.
I have an open mind. Comments and even the critics sent by other members should help me to mature my project.
In case one of my contacts is looking only for his/her self-interest, or doesn’t respect the principles and the ethic of IDEASVOICE, I can report an abuse to IDEASVOICE. Such action can result in the radiation of this member.
I regularly update my information and the status of my needs.
In order to improve continually the quality of the service provided by IDEASVOICE, I will inform IDEASVOICE when the connection resulted in the agreement of a partnership.


20. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. CAN I GET SUPPORT FROM THE EXPERTISE OF IDEASVOICE ?

I can contact IDEASVOICE any time to ask for some help on my presentation and others issues. IDEASVOICE will answer me in a maximum delay of one week.

21. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SEE A SIMILAR PROJECT TO MINE ON IDEASVOICE?

If I see a similar project to mine on IDEASVOICE, it is important to check the differences and potential synergies from the other project. As one say, the execution matters more than the idea. I may want to get connected to the other entrepreneur. It is possible to contact him through IDEASVOICE. Transparency is very important in order to engage constructive discussion.

22. .I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. CAN I CONTACT OTHER ENTREPRENEURS?

As an entrepreneur, I can search and look at other projects. I can send requests to connect to other entrepreneurs. IDEASVOICE will warn the entrepreneur that I am also an entrepreneur with a project.

23. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. HOW CAN I CONTACT FUTURE PARTNERS?

You should have completed your profile and your project. You should also have posted at least one need. Then, in your search, be selective. Avoid to spam other members.

Contact the future partners with profiles who are the closest to your need.

Then, wait for the acceptance of your request for starting communicating with the person.

If you consider that you make not enough contacts, make your profile, project and need more attractive. Become Premium to show your video to the public, have your project among the first results of searches, receive specific recommendations of profiles, contact your fans. You can also contact us for any help.

24. HOW CAN I CONVINCE OTHERS OF THE INTEREST OF MY PROJECT?


Some factors can repel others:

  • An innovative project can be not warmly welcomed because of being too ahead of our society.
  • The way to succeed is not obvious.
  • Risks may appear too high with a hypothetical ROI at long term.
  • The message is not easily comprehensible.
  • The time to mature can be very long.

The opinions of others thanks to the discussion on IDEASVOICE can guide the entrepreneur to the next strategic decision: give it up, postpone, or keep moving forward and reformulate the project.

25. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. MY PROJECT IS NOT DISPLAYED ON THE SHOWCASE AT THE HOMEPAGE.

To have my project displayed on the showcase, I should fill in all the information required in my profile and my project. I should also post at least one need. Necessary information for the showcase is marked with an asterisk.

26. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR. WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION SHOULD I PROVIDE?

It is up to me to choose the information I want to publish on IDEASVOICE. However, IDEASVOICE is proposing an approach to present your project without revealing your strategy. The objective is to write a good summary of the project in order to attract and convince the audience. You may encounter difficulties into formalizing your project in few sentences. IDEASVOICE can help you. To have your project displayed on the showcase, you should have filled in your profile, added your project and the needs of the project. All the required information for being on the showcase is marked by an asterisk. At this stage, it is not necessary to share detailed information about your business plan. It is also not recommended to input information about your work on patterns. When you connect to another member, it is better to be cautious and to be able to discern important matters that require previously an agreement of confidentiality.

27. HOW DO I USE MY SPACE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Logged in to my space, for each project, I can see the reaction of the public, their comments, the result of votes.

In my messages, I follow the status of sent requests to connect. I receive also requests to connect which I can refuse or accept. I see also new messages I got.
In my network, I follow my active contacts.
I can do my own search for a future partner with basic and advanced criteria. When I send a request to connect, I explain shortly my motivation in order to introduce myself and convince the other member to accept my request.

28. HOW SHOULD I DESCRIBE MY NEED FOR THE PROJECT

My needs concern the search of partners/cofounder. In each need, I define the type and the function of my future partner. I fill in all the criteria. I can specify 3 expected skills and abilities. I can also add comments to my need. The deadline should give an idea of the degree of emergency. All the information I provide can be updated. When I confirm my information, my need is published and will be disclosed to the public.


29. HOW DO I POST MY PROJECT?

I sign in. The subscription is free. I read the charter and agree on the terms of use.
I log in my space.

I can define in my settings my username if I want to keep my identity confidential. My identity is only disclosed to my contacts.
I fill in my profile. The more information I provide the more I facilitate the matching and the contacts. Skills are my technical know-how. Abilities are more about my soft skills, my personality. Links to my social networks and blogs are kept secret. Other members have access to more information about myself as soon as I have accepted their requests to connect.
I can post several projects. When I describe my project, I give a title to my project and can download a logo. Between 3 to 10 lines, the description is concise and explicit. I don’t talk about my work on future patterns. Do not explain in detail the offer or the know-how. On the other hand, the description should be attractive in order to arouse curiousness from the public. I fill in all the criteria. The website and the blog are not disclosed to the public.
The public can have a look at the main description and add comments, vote for my project.
To increase the chance of having many good contacts, I have a good video of my project which I add in my project page and I become Premium to show my video to the public, have my project among the first results of searches, receive specific recommendations of profiles, contact my fans.

In order to make contact, I should input all the information marked with a star in my profile, project and need of the project.

30. WHEN DO I SUBMIT MY PROJECT?


This is my first entrepreneurial experience. Let’s start to fulfill my dream!
I have a business plan. It is at the stage of the idea or of launching. This is a major project that requires a strong management team to succeed. IDEASVOICE gathers projects from all industries.

Projects are generally innovative. Some may belong to the social economy or concern sustainable development. Others may bring a technological or social innovation.
To implement my project, I need to find partners with complementary skills. I am aware of not to over performing on all the fronts of the creation of my company.

If my business plan is done, to move to the next step, it is important to challenge it, to figure out how to implement it and what would be the necessary resources.
Discussions on IDEASVOICE will help me to sculpt my vision. Members will incite me to continue the adventure. The connections I will make on IDEASVOICE will help me to generate a favorable environment to the launch of my project.

I have been working on my project for a year, strengthening the management team with talented people could be crucial to the success of the project.

I am looking for a partner who is not just an investor but who can bring his experience and skills in order to work together. I am motivated to meet my future partners and am expecting many relevant contacts.

Sign in Now to check the attractiveness of my project and find my cofounder / business partner!

FUTURE BUSINESS PARTNER
 AND CO-FOUNDER

31. TIPS FOR USING IDEASVOICE FOR FUTURE PARTNERS

Entrepreneurship is a serious challenge. I am naturally not enthusiastic for all projects, but I respect others’ opinions. I focus my attention on projects I am interested in.
If my comments are not always well perceived, they may help entrepreneurs to move forward. If I think that I develop new relationships too slowly, then I can contact IDEASVOICE for advice.
I have some fears about setting up a partnership. On IDEASVOICE it is recommended to be authentic and transparent. Quality and accuracy of the information I transmit are the basis for establishing trust in the relationship with other members. Communicating a clear intention on my expected role will help me to discuss and to set up the partnership. Entrepreneurs will transmit to me confidential information, and I won’t disappoint them! I preserve the confidentiality of the data I receive. In case one of my contacts is looking only for his/her self-interest, or doesn’t respect the principles and the ethic of IDEASVOICE, I can report an abuse to IDEASVOICE. Such action can result in the radiation of this member. I regularly update my information and the status of my search.

If I consider that I make not enough contacts, I make my profile more attractive. I add a video to present myself and my objectives. I subscribe the Premium membership to show my video to the public, have my profile among the first results of searches, receive specific recommendations of projects, and contact my fans. I can also contact IDEASVOICE for any help.

In order to improve continually the quality of the service provided by IDEASVOICE, I will inform IDEASVOICE when the connection resulted in the agreement of a partnership or if we gave it up.
I can send any suggestions in order to improve the services of IDEASVOICE at contact@ideasvoice.com


32. I LIKE A PROJECT. CAN I KNOW HOW MANY REQUESTS TO CONNECT HAS THE ENTREPRENEUR RECEIVED ?

No, this information is at the disposal of the entrepreneur and is not publically displayed. To see notoriety of a project, you can have an idea by looking at the comments, votes that the project has received.

33. THE ENTREPRENEUR IS NOT ANSWERING MY REQUEST TO CONNECT.


Ensure that you have provided all the information about yourself and that you have been relevant enough to raise the interest of an entrepreneur. Give the entrepreneur enough time to think about it. IDEASVOICE sends weekly automatic reminders.

34. I AM INTERESTED IN A PROJECT. HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ENTREPRENEUR ?


To contact the entrepreneur, your profile and your wishes should be completed (all information with an asterisk have to be filled in). When selecting a project, click on “Send a request to connect”. You fill in the motivation form and confirm it.

35. A PROJECT SEEMS INTERESTING. HOW CAN I MOTIVATE AND SUPPORT IT ?

You can vote for the project. To learn more about a project before contacting the entrepreneur, post comments and participate in the discussion.


36. I AM INTERESTED IN A PROJECT. HOW CAN I FOLLOW ITS PROGRESS WITHOUT SENDING A REQUEST TO CONNECT TO THE FOUNDER?


Add the project into your favorites. It will help you to follow this project. You will receive a newsletter from IDEASVOICE informing you of the progress of the project.

37. I AM REGISTERED AS A FUTURE PARTNER. MY PROFILE IS NOT ON THE SHOWCASE AT THE HOMEPAGE.


To have my profile displayed on the showcase, I should fill in all the information required in my profile and my wishes. Necessary information for the showcase is marked with an asterisk.

38. HOW DO I USE MY SPACE AS A FUTURE PARTNER?

I do my own searches of projects. I select projects. I look at the description and the needs of projects.
I can participate in the discussion by adding my comments for a project. I can support a project with my vote.
I add projects I like into my favorites in order to follow them.
I wish to know more and meet the entrepreneur of one project, I send him/her a request to connect. For each request, I explain my motivation in few lines in order to convince the entrepreneur to look at my profile and accept my request. If an entrepreneur refuses my request, I see their reason and can send a second request. I receive also requests to connect from entrepreneur. I can refuse or accept them. I see all the active contacts I have in my network. 


39. HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO JOIN A PROJECT AS A PARTNER?


It varies a lot. The more the project is advanced, the higher the capital is. Everything that I am bringing to the project should be considered in the valuation. You can give an estimation of the amount of investment you can bring to a project you will join in your wishes.

40. HOW DO I POST MY FUTURE PARTNER APPLICATION?

I register. The registration is free. I receive a mail to confirm my registration. I have to read and accept the terms of use. Then I log in my space.
I can define in my settings my username if I want to keep my identity confidential. My identity is only disclosed to my contacts.
I fill in my profile.
The more accurate information I provide the more I facilitate matching and relevant contacts. Skills are my technical know-how. Abilities are more about my soft skills, my personality. Links to my social networks and blogs are kept secret. Other members have access to more information about myself as soon as they become my contacts.

I describe my wishes: my interests, the type of project I am looking for, criteria of matching. Then, I explain how I will be involved and my other expectations.

To increase the chance of having many good contacts, I have a good video of myself and I become Premium to show my video to the public. As a Premium member, I also have my profile among the first results of searches, receive specific recommendations of projects, contact my fans. I speed up my search.

In order to have my profile in the showcase, I should input all the information marked with a star in my profile and my wishes.

41. WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER AS A FUTURE PARTNER?

IDEASVOICE is conceived for many situations.

I have always been interested in entrepreneurship but I never dared to launch myself. I have no ideas. I am looking to join a project, bringing my experience and my value.

I am an employee. I wish to get involved progressively into a project. It is possible with IDEASVOICE! I mentioned my degree of initial involvement in my wish.

I am already an entrepreneur and I am looking for opportunities for growth and expansion. Entrepreneurs at IDEASVOICE are very glad to benefit from such rich experiences.
I already have a project. I am looking for synergies. I am honest with other entrepreneurs at IDEASVOICE. I won’t take advantage of their knowledge for my own interest.
I am an Investor. I am looking for a fascinating project. I register at IDEASVOICE to discover a variety of projects. I connect to talented founders of project. I participate to their funding.

CONFIDENTIALITY

42. AM I GOING TO RECEIVE UNSOLICITED MESSAGES FROM YOUR PARTNERS?


Professional Partners of IDEASVOICE are providing services for entrepreneurs and could be freely contacted by the members.


43. HOW IS IDEASVOICE GOING TO USE MY PERSONAL DATA?

Information on profiles and projects collected on IDEASVOICE are for internal use. IDEASVOICE will not transmit individual data to external party without the formal agreement of the members.

44. HOW DOES IDEASVOICE PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY ?

All members registered to IDEASVOICE have agreed to the terms of use which include a confidentiality paragraph. See the terms of use for more information.

45. IS ALL MY INFORMATION DISCLOSED TO ALL MEMBERS?

IDEASVOICE protects your information at different levels. Members identify you thanks to your username if you have defined it in your settings. In this case, you stay anonymous as long as the requests to connect are not accepted. Information concerning your other social networks and blogs is only disclosed to your contacts. IDEASVOICE may use them in order to optimize the matching with other members. Information provided by entrepreneurs and future partners won’t be transmitted by IDEASVOICE to external partners without the formal acceptance of its members.


CUP OF IDEASVOICE

46. HOW DOES A SESSION CUP OF IDEASVOICE WORK ?

The principle is to invite in a session 3-5 persons to come to pitch in front of a group of 20 people.
Among the attendees are project owners as well as future partners/co-founders. Each pitch lasts 3 minutes. Then attendees ask questions for 10 minutes and then during 10 minutes give their feedback on the presentation and on the project. At the end of the event, informal discussions take place.

47. WHO CAN PITCH ?


Every entrepreneurs looking for a co-founder or for a project can come to pitch. 
To talk about their projects and profiles before a cupofideasvoice, have them 2 days before on the showcase of IDEASVOICE website.
This will increase your visibility.

48. WHEN AND WHERE TAKE PLACE THE CUPS OF IDEASVOICE ?


For the moment, cupofideasvoice is organized in Paris. To learn more about the dates, go to the What’s New page.
We wish to expand this meeting in other cities in order to enable our members to meet each other. Therefore, we welcome people who want to become our ambassadors and organise cupofideasvoice elsewhere. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

49. WHO CAN ATTEND AND HOW?


Anybody can attend to the event.
For those who have subscribed a premium offer, they get a special discount .