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Top 18 FREE online tools that your startup needs to get your idea off the ground.


Here at IdeaSquares we are passionate about helping startups to succeed in raising investment via crowdfunding. But we recognize that there is much more to growing a business than raising investment. So we’ve put together a list of 18 essential tools that every startup needs to get their idea off the ground.

Co-founding, networking and hiring

CoFoundersLab: An online matchmaking service that links entrepreneurs with compatible co-founders looking to join a startup. Entrepreneurs can connect through their online platform and in person at various events.

Meetup: An online social networking portal that allows you to create groups of interests and facilitates offline meetings for members.

Upwork: The world’s largest online platform to find quality freelancers and business professionals for hire at affordable prices.

Organisation and storage

Dropbox: A file backup, cloud storage and sharing solution. It allows you to easily access all your files from all your devices.

Trello: A collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.

Sales management

Pipedrive: Sales pipeline software that gets you organized. Helps you focus on the right deals, so easy to use that salespeople just love it. Great for small teams.

Market Research, Advertising and Marketing

SurveyMonkey: The world’s most popular survey software. Easily publish online surveys in minutes and see results in real time.

Google AdWords: Very popular Pay-per-click advertising service by Google. Advertisers bid on a certain keywords in order for their ads to appear in Google’s search results.

HootSuite: Widely used social relationship platform. It allows you to schedule your social media content ahead of your campaigns to make sure that everything comes out at exactly ideal times and frequencies.

Mailchimp: A simple email marketing software (EMS) which gives you a number of easy options for designing, sending and saving templates of your emails.


Free Invoice Generator: Free and professional looking invoice templates that can be easily turned into PDS’s. High standard and convenient solution for every business.

Xero: An online accounting software for small businesses. Use Xero to manage invoicing, bank reconciliation, bookkeeping, payroll & more.

Domain, Hosting and Website

GoDaddy: The world’s largest web host and domain name registrar. It offers dependable and stable services to ensure smooth online presence.

Squarespace: is a powerful website building and hosting platform. Easily build a website or ecommerce store using one of their beautifully designed templates.

Investment and Funding

AngelList: An online home for startups, angel investors and people wanting to work for startups. AngelList aims at connecting entrepreneurs with investors and helping startups to acquire early stage funding. Having a profile on AngelList is important as it will gives your business the necessary exposure to potential investors.

IdeaSquares (of course): A pre-crowdfunding platform. If you’re ready for investment and you’re considering crwodfunding, then you’ll need to prepare your crowd. Use our online tool to launch a mock crowdufnding campaign and gather your supporters prior to crowdfunding to increase your chances of a quick and successful raise.

Seedrs: An equity crowdfunding platform for investing in startups and later-stage businesses throughout Europe. Access the largest, most active investor base in Europe. Efficiently raise investment from your friends, family, customers and your community

Crowdcube: Crowdcube is the world’s first and leading investment crowdfunding platform, where a community of like­minded people pool their money and knowledge together to back startup, early and growth stage businesses.

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