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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 […]

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.

Finance to oil the wheels of innovation

Most tenants in the St John’s Innovation Centre learn quickly how to make slim resources go a long way. This applies particularly to funding. Yet innovation requires ongoing investment which is hard to get in the current market. In recognition of this, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills recently launched a consultation focused on ‘Financing a Private Sector Recovery’. One to watch?