Human Resources

Hiring

A software to optimize the hiring process- for free. Create job ads, publish them everywhere and manage the applications with ease

Freshworks is a multi-purpose tool for customer management, CRM and human resource management. It is easy to use for keeping a good overview over your workforce

Personio is a service completely focused on HR-management. Personio can help you to keep track of the hiring process, the performance overview, and the payroll for your employees

Legal Templates

Finding good legal templates can be quite difficult, since they often need to be very personalized. That is why it is for most of the legal documents the best, if you search for multiple similar templates, and then create your own document based on the templates and your needs. Besides the resources below, Google or old documents you received yourself can be quite helpful.

The documents are published on a open source base. That means, that they may NOT be legally binding. Here you can find all kinds of legal documents for free.

If you need a template for free non disclosure agreements, here it is. The NDA will be personalized, professional and in English

Here are free internship contract templates in English.

Here is a free internship contract template in German

This employment contract template is written in English written for the laws of Germany

This legal text generator is completely in German, but creates legal texts for online shops in eight different languages

Accounting and Money Transfer

Revolut has a business account offering, that is recommended by other entrepreneurs. It offers in addition to low fees data about your spent money.

A financial service that allows you to send money around the globe for relatively low fees. Helpful when doing business globally.

Stripe processes payments on websites. Credit cards, SEPA payments, iDEAL and Alipay are possible payment methods.

Xero is an accounting application that provides special small business solutions. Besides accounting, there are other financial features included

A software that administrates invoices and accounting, especially for small businesses. It is purposely kept simple.

Bexio is a Swiss version of Debitooor. The program is designed for small businesses to conduct their invoices and accounting via Bexio.

Awards & Competition

A general note about awards: Awards are considered by many entrepreneurs as the slow way to get funding and recognition. Often, they include a lot of work with undetermined success. If funding and recognition are the only incentives for you to participate, then consider reaching out to investors instead.

Use Awards to your Advantage

Hackathons are competitions where people skilled in programming compete against each other. Often, they require projects they can work on, the perfect chance for you to send in your project. You will have the work get done for free.

Awards for Apps

Awards for Apps

Here you find a list of the relevant awards for apps that will secure you funding and other help.

Startup Awards

Global Startup Awards

An international award, that will get you recognized.

Awards within the UK

All UK Business Awards

Here you can find a list of a lot of business awards in the UK only.

Awards about You

be.boosted

An award looking for future leaders with great skill and motivation

EYES International

Here you can apply for a membership in this outstanding network of young leaders.

Euroguss Talent Awards

Everyone with an innovation or improvement or a new application can apply here, and has the chance to win attractive prizes.

Slide Decks

Startup Pitch Decks For Inspiration

Famous Startup Decks

Famous Startup Decks from companies like Facebook and Uber

Billion Dollar Startup Decks

Decks from Airbnb, Dropbox, etc.

Canva Templates For Own Use

Canva Business Templates

Free business presentation templates.

Canva 2020 Brand Guidelines and Template

Template for a successful Pitch Deck.

GSLIDE Templates

SlidesGo Tech Startup Template

Template for a well-developed Tech-Startup presentation.

SlidesGo Consulting templates

More templates from SlidesGo for inspiration.

PPTX Templates

Free Powerpoint Templates Design

Powerpoint templates for all kinds of presentations.

Prototyping Tools

To create Prototypes, most of the time you do not need many tools. Often the answer is right in front of you, and it is most of the time more helpful to speak to your customers than to use some fancy tools. Really helpful tools can be applications that help you set up MVP’s without much effort, like e.g. Shopify.

For all Interfaces

Figma

Figma helps teams create, test, and ship better designs from start to finish. It is a big help to create Prototypes and MVP’s

For Apps

Proto

Create fully-interactive high-fidelity prototypes that look and work exactly like your app should. No coding required.

For Websites

Wix.com

Ideal to create Websites how you want them

General

Whimsical

Prototyping with all kinds of tools, easy with Whimsical

A helpful tool to conduct AB testing for your website (A/B testing: A scientific approach of experimentation when one or more content factors in digital communication (web, email, social, etc.) is changed deliberately in order to observe the effects and outcomes for a predetermined period of time.)

Inspirations

Down below are possible sources that can nurture your mind. But we all know that an inspiring talk with another person inspires more than hundred websites.

This might seem obvious, but Twitter can be a great source of inspiration, given you keep your feed clean. Actually, it is essential to use the filter options. Then, you are able to take full advantage of the real time news.

To get new inspirations for tech stuff, Hackernews might be your perfect source. New innovations and much more is covered here.

The name Paul Graham is familiar to entrepreneurs. The founder of Y-Combinator has also a lot of inspiring articles on his website. They can definitely inpire you to new ideas.

You need new inspirations? No problem, at Pinterest there is a lot of it. Just scroll through the various posts.

If you want to stay informed about the newest websites, apps and tech products, Producthunt can help you out.

Jamesclear

The 3-2-1 Newsletter is one of the most popular newsletters in the world. Every Thursday, the latest issue is sent to over 1,000,000 people. Each message includes 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder.

Which learning type are you

When you want to find out, what type of a learner you are, take this short test. In five minutes you will know, whether it is most effective for you to watch a video or read the text

Unfortunately, this source is only in German, but it provides valuable news about Germany’s startup ecosystem.

Graphics and Branding

Inspirations

You need new inspirations? No problem, at Pinterest there is a lot of it. Just scroll through the various posts.

Tools for Designing

Ant Design is an open source design tool on an enterprise-level. Various templates provide you with all kinds of solutions for different scenarios.

Canva

The perfect tool to design about everything- for free, ranging from social media graphics, blog banners, animated videos, business presentations to reports.

Create, prototype, collaborate, and bring your ideas to life with the design platform from Sketch. It can be used for teams as well.

Figma

Figma helps teams create, test, and ship better designs from start to finish. It is a big help to create Prototypes and MVP’s

Find here various design kits, especially for UI designs. UI8 has very professional templates, that are even used by large companies.

Copyright- free pictures

Pixabay

1.9 million pictures for you to use without any copyright.

Templates

Another destination for Templates and Designs. For Websites or other needs, there is a lot to discover.

Dribbble is the destination to find creative work and home to many amazing design professionals. You can find Templates for all kinds of stuff there.

Here is a list with all the sources for icons

Canva has already created a useful list filled with sources for your icon sets.

Video Editing

A very sophisticated video and audio editing tool on a professional level. There are lots of tutorials and of course it is free

Social Media Tools

Buffer

A Tool with a publishing, analytics, and engagement platform for social media. It automates your social posts on scheduled times so your followers get your updates even on busy days when you don’t have the time to log in.

Linktree

Linktree makes it easy and eye-catching to share all your links. It Helps you to organize all them, and can be used for all social media platforms

A tool to easily manage all your social media accounts. Additionally, Hootsuite allows you to manage Ads and helps you to keep track of current trends. You can of course get insights about your own posts as well.

Email Marketing and CRM

CRM

Hubspot is a very advanced CRM Tool which cannot be recommended for small startups. Once the sales process has swollen to a complex system, Hubspot brings back the order in the process. However, it’s not for everyone.

Salesflare is a simple and compact CRM tool for small businesses. It specialized on B2B sales. Salesflare emphasizes the efficiency due to simple processes.

Mass Mailing / CRM

Streak

Valuable for convenient mass mailing and CRM. If you want details and instructions how to use the tool in the most efficient way, take a look at the ‘Productivity Tools’ course.

The all-in-one solution for your team. If you want details and instructions how to use the tool in the most efficient way, take a look at the ‘Productivity Tools’ course.

Mass Mailing

Mailchimp

For professional design mass mailing. Email tends to be the main channel for retaining customers. It’s best you make the most of it by automating your email campaigns using Mailchimp. If you want details and instructions how to use the tool in the most efficient way, take a look at the ‘Productivity Tools’ course.

Activecampaign

ActiveCampaign is an email marketing platform as well, but one that’s focused on personalization. This makes the software most suitable for advanced startups planning to launch highly targeted and personalized email campaigns.

It is also possible to mass mail with Gmail and Google Drive, but there are limitations. No more than 500 mails per day and limited possibilities to customize every email make this method less attractive. But at least it is free.

With Mailjet you can create beautiful marketing emails. The tool is designed to be simple in usage, but beautiful in the result, and it even has a free version.

Allrounder

ConvertKit

An email marketing tool which includes everything you need, to reach customers effectively via email. You can easily design landing pages and website forms to convert site visitors into subscribers.