San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This session is part of the TechMeetups Guru Program, a practical 3 month educational and mentoring course to kick-start your Startup. You can choose to attend just this session by booking here, or participate in the full course to receive additional support and mentoring for your company from our Gurus – find out more here.
The decision of taking your startup from early-stage to venture-backed will change the dynamics of pretty much everything in your company. This session will equip you with an understanding of the funding model that are available to startups from crowdfunding and grants to angel investment and venture capital.
Aside from providing you pointers on what Investors look for when evaluating an opportunity, our Gurus will also help you with the following questions:
How do you decide when you’re ready to seek investment?
How do you make the most of your time with prospective investors?
How will the dynamics in your company change with increased investment?
Jeff Lynn, Co-founder and CEO at Seeders
I’ve mentored for several other startup programmes including Wayra, EntrepreneurFirst, NACUE and TechHub particularly on equity crowdfunding and seed-stage finance. I’ve been seen as a global expert in the topic, and have presented not only the US Congress, but also to UK policy makers and regulatory bodies. I get the space and am keen to ensure entrepreneurs know the facts about crowdfunding and their options.
Jane Reoch, Investment Director at Cass Entrepreneurship Fund
Jane is the Investment Director for the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund. She has spent 10 years working with growth companies across a number of funds including Panoramic Growth Equity, the Business Growth Fund and BoS Growth Equity. She is Chartered Accountant by background and trained with PwC in London. Jane is also a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust.
Managing Partner (London), was CEO of SOFTBANK Emerging Markets, a $200 million fund established by SOFTBANK Corp. and the International Finance Corp., from 2000 to 2002. He launched and operated offices in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Warsaw, Johannesburg and San Francisco. Prior to joining SOFTBANK, Matt was a strategic consultant to a number of venture-backed startups focusing on capital formation, business development, and alliances. Until February 1998, Matt was General Manager of Sony Online Ventures, and Senior Vice President of Sony New Technologies, the strategic development arm at Sony Corp. of America
Nigel Walker, Access to Finance at Technology Strategy Board
Nigel is responsible for Access to Finance at the Technology Strategy Board, where he heads the organisation’s support for innovative SMEs in gaining access to business support and private sector funding to accelerate the journey from concept to commercialisation.
Nigel has a background in the financial services industry, having spent over 10 years at each of Deutsche Bank and GE Capital in roles covering export and project finance, M&A and privatisation advice and raising finance for growth companies internationally. At GE, he established the European ‘Access GE’ programme, advising, coaching and mentoring management teams of businesses owned by VC and private equity firms on operational excellence, acquisition integration, strategy development and leadership.
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