If you're in a Science or Tech sector, or offering an innovative solution to a market - then this event is a place to be!
Tech sector is one of the most actively supported, and yet a number of Startups and SMEs still struggling to secure funding.
Why so? Simply because they don't always know what their options are.
For this evening, like always we're bringing best of the best funders and entrepreneurs who can help you to boost your Science, Tech or Innovative venture!
Already confirmed companies:
EEN is an EU funded programme comprised of 600 local business organisations in more than 63 countries. EEN helps SMEs to develop their business in new markets, find the right partners with which to form business, technology and research partnerships, tap into innovation, source or license new technologies and access finance and national and EU grant funding for R&D&I, and progress new products from concept to commercialisation.
Oxford Capital is a VC, investing in early stage UK tech businesses. They typically invest once a company has a product and is starting to commercialise. Current areas of interest include eCommerce, FinTech, Digital Health, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, but their past investments also include a wide range of different sectors, from genetically modified insect technologies to mobile gaming.
Forward Partners invests in the best ideas and brilliant people. We back idea and seed stage eCommerce and marketplace businesses providing them with funding, office space and the support of an expert in-house engineering, product and growth team. Our portfolio includes: Appear Here, LostMy.Name, Zopa, Wool And The Gang, Thread, Hailo, Lexoo, Snaptrip, Hello and Big Health.
Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency that works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Since 2007 they have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation, matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding. They have helped more than 7,600 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £11.5 billion to the UK economy and create 55,000 extra new jobs.
Granted Consultancy specialises in identifying and securing grant funding for innovative, ambitious entrepreneurs. It has expertise in securing funding for Business Growth, Innovation, Training, Infrastructure, EU and Large Projects. Their sectorial experience spans across Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering, Technology, Digital, Education, Construction, Knowledge Transfer and Energy.
Seedrs is a top equity crowdfunding platform. They make it simple for anyone—from angels and venture capitalists, to friends and family—to become investors in ambitious, growth-focused European businesses. Seedrs handle the legal documentation and due diligence to ensure that businesses are set up for success—and investors get their fair share.
The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub (RAEng Enterprise Hub) aims to accelerate innovation for the benefit of society by supporting founders of innovative engineering and technology enterprises with grants, bespoke training and mentoring from Academy Fellows. They also work to inspire and encourage business minded UK-based engineers to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours by celebrating and promoting successes.
Adrian Allen, Innovation adviser at Enterprise Europe Network
Adrian is an expert in IP commercialisation and business engagement for the university sector, in strategic planning, product innovation and business model re-engineering, especially for start-ups and organisations wishing to optimise operations. He is currently working with the University of Leeds and the University of Huddersfield in the areas of business process design and start-ups.
Meriwether Beckwith, Analyst at Oxford Capital
Meriwether joined Oxford Capital as part of the growth investment team, where he sources potential investment opportunities, and supports existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Oxford Capital Meriwether received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford university, and gained experience in venture capital with Geneva based firm Endeavour Vision.
Nic Brisbourne, Managing Partner at Forward Partners
Nic has 15 years experience in the venture capital industry and prior to founding Forward Partners in June 2013, was a Partner at leading venture capital firm DFJ Esprit. He has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m).
David Golding, Head of Strategy for Innovate UK
David has held his position since July 2007. Previously he was Secretary to the advisory Technology Strategy Board made up of leading business people advising the UK Government on business priorities for technology and innovation. His role involves working closely with government across all the activities of Innovate UK and looking at the way we provide support to business.
Tom Kennard, Director at Granted Consultancy Ltd.
Tom is an enthusiastic business sustainability and finance practitioner with a successful track-record and a Grant Funding Expert responsible for securing over £25m of funding for private and public sector bodies from business growth, R&D and EU funding streams and the co- author of “The Grant Report”.
Alex Chalkley, Director at Granted Consultancy Ltd.
Alex is the director responsible for project modelling and funding services, including grant and bid writing for significant UK and EU bids over £250,000+. His specialisms are in business growth, energy and innovation projects. Alex has worked with a range of start-up, SME and large companies assisting them in securing grant funding for projects in excess of £40m in value.
Chris Rea, Campaign Development Associate at Seedrs
Chris is the first point of contact with entrepreneurs looking to raise investment on Seedrs. Chris previously founded YoungOnes Apparel and appeared on BBC Dragons’ Den, where he received an offer for £75,000 from Duncan Bannatyne.
Plan your evening:
• 6.00-6.30pm Arrival and Networking (over coffee or beer)
• 6.30-8.00pm Talks
• 8.00-8.30pm Networking (Time to exchange your business cards and get a fresh pint of beer).
Arina Osiannaya - the founder The Business Funding Events (The only place where you can meet top-finance providers on a regular basis) and Osmond Dsilva, Tech City Coffee Meetups (Chef of coffee with a smell of money…)
Rockstar Hubs International is a part of Rockstar Group of Companies. Since 2007, The Rockstar Group has mentored and grown over 6,500 businesses in the UK. The Rockstar Group has some of the UK’s most well known and respected entrepreneurs as its mentors. Within the group it also owns a law firm, hedge fund, crowdfunding platform, sales outsourcing firm and App development company.
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