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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.

The disconnect between investors and entrepreneurs

If you’ve ever watched Dragons’ Den, or been to ‘real life’ investment events that follow a similar model of pitching to a panel or a roomful of investors, you’ll know there is often a great chasm between what an entrepreneur thinks an investor wants to see or hear in a pitch, and the information that an investor is actually looking for.

Showing us the Money

In my previous post, I mentioned that a number of companies pitched to our panel of angel investors at ‘Meerkats and Avatars’. Discussions are ongoing so it’s too early to pronounce judgement on the outcome but suffice to say…

Low Carbon business funding – good news for some

Despite current uncertainties in public policy and government spending, there is one area of economic growth and innovation which we can confidently predict will continue to be favourbly prioritised for years to come, the low carbon, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental ‘cleantech’ sector…

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