San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Finance your start-up: from government loans to crowdfunding and banks
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 6:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Over the last five years, nothing has been harder for small businesses than securing the right funding. But, there are so many ways for growing companies to find the money they need, you just need to know how to reach them.
This event will get you clued up on every route to funding and give you the tips and tricks to land the right deal for your business. From the traditional banks to the innovative world of crowdfunding, our panel will be experts in getting money out of every source, and they'll answer your questions to make sure you can start taking your business to the next level from the moment you leave.
Whether you're looking for funding now, starting-up and wondering where your cash will come from when the time is right or searching for a second wave of backing, this event is perfect for you. Get brilliant advice from entrepreneurs who have done it time and time again. Secure your free ticket now!
Get your FREE tickets now and join us on October 1st at Prospero House.
Luke Lang, co-founder CrowdCube
Since founding CrowdCube in 2011, Luke Lang and his business have been at the forefront of innovative investing. Helping small businesses access finance from huge pools of individuals looking to invest, CrowdCube has been referenced in parliament as the future of business finance. Land has previously set up his own marketing consultancy and has found success in securing funding himself, raising £1.5m for CrowdCube with two days notice and one email.
Tom Fleming, Venrex
On top of being a founding partner of Venrex, Tom Fleming has also invested in some of the biggest names to come out of British small businesses in the last ten years. Just-Eat, NotOnTheHighStreet, Seedcamp, Lyst and Peerious all benefit from his backing. Venrex boosts one of the most impressive records of start-up investment in the country and Fleming's input has been crucial to locating the most exciting potential in new businesses.
Ben Dowd, Business Director, O2
Business director Ben Dowd is one of O2's longest standing directors and has overseen major changes in the business during his 16 years there, he's also busy searching through 1000's of applications in this year's Smarta 100. Dowd is passionate about helping businesses to succeed and has championed new technologies and ideas, he will be on hand to reveal what he looks for when hunting for an award winning business.
Nicholas Dear, Head of Partenrships, Start Up Loans
Start Up Loans is a government funded initiative that provides finance to small buisnesses in the form of a repayable loan. Introduced in 2012, Start-up loans has already helped launch and develop over 8,000 businesses through £46,000,000 of funding. Nicholas Dear is head of partnerships for this business boosting operation and an investor and advisor to start-up businesses. He will be able to talk entrepreneurs through the benefits of Start Up Loans and give details of how your business can access funding straight away.
Jeff Lynn, co-founder and CEO, Seedrs
Seedrs is Europe’s fastest-growing online platform for discovering and investing in great startups. Jeff Lynn is a qualified lawyer who began his career practicing corporate law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London, and he later served as co-chairman of the investment committee of a UK seed investment fund. He also currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Companies House and founding Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec). Jeff was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Men in Britain for 2013 by GQ Magazine.
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Smarta is the leading online small business resource in the UK. With a readership of 500,000 every month, Smarta aims to inform, guide and inspire entrepreneurs to aspire and achieve. Smarta recognises the best in British innovation, customer engagement and disruption with it's annual O2 Smarta 100 Awards which are now in their fifth year.