Monthly Archives for October 2010

It was a very good month. Dig in. Every entry is a classic.

Framework 7 European funding – Tips for success

In my earlier post (6 Oct 2010), I promised to follow up with a few tips for success when applying for funding under Framework 7. Over my years of involvement with the Commission and Framework programmes I have drawn the conclusion that one of the biggest causes of failure for bids is poor understanding of the beneficiaries of a proposed project. With this in mind, here are some ways to head this off.

Six tips for a polished pitch

A lot of my day to day work focuses on developing the confidence, motivation and productivity of my clients so I was fascinated by the flurry of coverage that followed the recent party conferences. Why would I blog about party political speeches on a finance for business blog? Because pitches to investors are scrutinised every bit as much as big speeches from politicians, albeit not by as many people. Here’s six tips that will bring polish to your pitch.

UFfB’s New Equity Mentoring Process

Martin Rigby, one of Understanding Finance for Business’s mentors, summarises the equity support process following changes in the programme made in the light of experience It’s a tough equity market at present Let’s not beat about the bush, raising early-stage equity finance in the present market is very tough. Early-stage venture funds are few and […]

Gamekeeper to Poacher

Martin Rigby, one of Understanding Finance for Business’s mentors, pitched his own business, Psonar, to the angel panel at the Meerkats & Avatars event in September. I co-founded Psonar, an internet music service, with Rich Urwin and Ray Anderson at the beginning of 2008. I’d left taking the entrepreneurial plunge (bar a half-hearted and abortive […]

European funding for business – often overlooked

At a time when cuts are affecting UK government funding for business, European grant funding can be an excellent solution. And yet I find it is frequently overlooked because people are put off by the prospect of red tape. There’s no denying, it does take time to develop and complete an application but if you’re looking for as much as €10m, is it so much to ask for a comprehensive, well thought through proposal? Try getting that amount of money from a VC with no guarantees.