Funding for Fast Growth
Why aren't investors interested? You've dreamed it, you've planned it, you've pitched it - and still no money. You need to turn your business plan into capital. And it all comes down to one thing: your ability to successfully play 'The Funding Game'.
This half-day ‘Funding for Fast Growth’ workshop will help you:
✦ Quickly build the critical tools you need to attract investors
✦ Learn how to find and approach investors
✦ Secure the right investment deal for you and your business
Who is it for?
‘Funding for Fast Growth’ is ideal for ambitious entrepreneurs who are either in the start-up phase and are unsure of where or how to raise the capital to launch or already trading but need more capital to reach profitability and scale.
How will you benefit?
The ‘Funding for Fast Growth’ workshop, run in partnership with the British Library Business & IP Centre, packs a massive amount of content into just half a day to equip you with a simple to follow, step-by-step approach to securing investment.
By the end of the workshop you will have:
✦ Invaluable insights from successful angel investor Colin Coghlan
✦ A reliable DIY approach for finding angel investors
✦ A template for creating a winning Executive Summary
✦ Tools to value your early-stage business
✦ An understanding of how to develop a credible and attractive business forecast for investment
✦ An 'insiders' list of recommended small-business-friendly VCs, bankers, angel networks, lawyers, accountants and more
✦ Methods for dramatically increasing the credibility of your team with investors
✦ An alternative route for debt-funding to support your business
✦ Priceless tips on how to pitch your business to an angel investor
✦ Top tips on how to assess the true value of an offer from an angel investor
✦ Direction on how to give away the least amount of equity stake in your business
✦ Key legal pitfalls to watch out for
✦ A clear understanding of how to play the funding game
Paul Grant knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the funding fence. As an entrepreneur he raised funds for his own business, securing capital from business angels, bankers, family and friends, and even a government grant.
After seven years of trading he exited his business in 2003 and was invited to join a private equity company, Capital Partners, eventually heading up the business angel division. Here he had access to nearly 5,000 angel investors and reviewed more than 1,000 business plans every year.
During this time Paul learnt a lot about why so many businesses fail to secure the funding they need in the start-up and growth phases. Paul has met with many investors, bankers, and venture capitalists over the years and in the course of his work has uncovered what they are really looking for.
More importantly, Paul has developed an approach to raising capital that works. He is keen to share with you what he has learnt as an entrepreneur and as an industry insider.
Successful angel investor Colin Coghlan will demystify how an angel investor thinks and what they are looking for.
Colin Coghlan is a private investor, advisor, mentor and speaker specialising in early stage and rapid growth business. He advises both entrepreneurs and investors and speaks on the subject of investment at various public and professional events. Colin's early career was in the energy industry before he moved into the wireless infrastructure sector. He was General Manager of one of the founding companies of the Freeview television service before becoming CEO of one of the others and ultimately leading it through a trade sale. Colin's portfolio is focused on the TMT sector including television, mobile and cloud computing.
What is this event worth to you?
✦ Ultimately this one-day workshop is all about saving your valuable time and money as you seek the finance you need to fund your business. For some entrepreneurs this can take a lot of trial and error, mistakes and many trips down blind alleys. We aim to fast-track your learning and deliver practical resources that you can use to get a headstart. How much is your time worth?
✦ Once you find the funding you need, we provide you with the strategies to make sure you hold on to as much equity stake in your business as possible. When it comes to an exit this advice alone could save you hundreds of thousands of pounds.
✦ We have known some entrepreneurs spend up to £100k on professional and marketing fees. More commonly, small-business owners spend £2-3k. We aim to ensure you spend much, much less - ideally nothing outside of this event.
What entrepreneurs say
"Paul is one of those advisors that is talking from experience rather than from a textbook. These events will save most people a fortune." - Managing Director Arated.com
“Valuable insights and sound advice from someone who has been there and is now on the other side." - Initial AF Data Gatherer, FFCS PPI, Deloitte LLP
"Paul has a full understanding of what investors are looking for and through his advice I was able to write an outstanding executive summary and improve my business plan, resulting in investment." - Director at Breathing Relief Ltd.
"Paul has a wealth of experience behind him, not to mention a host of useful contacts. His well-rounded approach makes the event well worth the outlay." - Business Training News
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When & Where
The Funding Game
Hosted by The Funding Game in association with the British Library Business & IP Centre.
The Funding Game workshops provide an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to fund an early stage business, and to network with professionals who have succeeded at the funding game. Seminars are held several times a year and places tend to go quickly. To register your interest in future events please contact us www.thefundinggame.co.uk